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Oldtone Roots Music Festival at Cool Whisper Farm in North Hillsdale, NY on SEPT 8 - 11 features traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, cajun and contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops led by world-class musicians,  instrument and band contests, Hudson Valley farm-to-table food, libations,  and exceptional national & regional acts on our main, dance, & workshop stages.

 
 
 
 

MAIN STAGE

THURSDAY

3:30
Easy Ridin' Papas

4:30
Bash Bish Bluegrass Band

5:30
The Downhill Strugglers

6:30
Tuba Skinny

7:00
Two Gun Man

8:00
Mail The Horse

FRIDAY

11:00
The Hayrollers

12:00
Moonshine Holler

1:00
Mike Compton

2:00
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

3:00
Foghorn Stringband

4:00
Bradford Lee Folk & Jake Stargel

5:00
Two Man Gentleman Band

6pm
Dinner Break
Cajun Food Night at Oldtone!


6:30
Mike Compton & Michael Daves

7:30
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass


SATURDAY

9-11am
Instrument Contest

11-noon
Band Contest & Hillary Hawke Group Sing

12:00
Run Mountain

1:00
Tony Trischka & Michael Daves

2:00
Molsky's Mountain Drifters

3:00
The Farwells

3:45
Bear Minimum

4:30
Brad Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys

5:30
Two Man Gentleman Band

6:30pm
Dinner Break
Cool Whisper Farm
Pig Roast Night at Oldtone!


7:00
Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew

8:00
Molsky's Mountain Drifters

9:00
Foghorn Stringband

SUNDAY

10:00
Bear Minimum

11:00
The Farwells

12:00
Oldtone Farewell Set

DANCE STAGE

THURSDAY

Swing Dance Night!

7:30
Beginner Swing Dance Lesson
w/ Jason Fenton & Elizabeth Orenstein


8:30
The Lucky Five

9:30
Tuba Skinny  

FRIDAY

Contra & Square Dance Night!

3:30
Aldo Lavaggi & Friends
w/ Jon Greene calling (Contra)


5:00
The Farwells
w/ Eric Hollman calling(Square)


6:30
Mountain Laurel
w/ Paul Rosenberg calling
(Family & Beginner Contra)


8:30
Oldtone Country Revue!

9:30
Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew
 

SATURDAY

Contra & Square Dance Night!

11-Noon
Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes
Igor Stravinksy's Firebird w/ Puppet Show


12:15
Shelly Ley (Children's Songs)

1:00
Tara Lindhart's Bluegrass/Oldtime all-ages jam

2:00
Hopalong Andrew

3:00
Russet Trio
w/ Quena Crain calling (Contra)


4:30
Run Mountain
w/ Erica Weiss calling (Square)


6:00
Mountain Laurel
w/ Fern Bradley calling (Contra)


10:00
Raya Brass Band 'til late!

w/ dance instruction
by Jason Fenton throughout!


(Schedule Information subject to change)

 

DO NOT TRUST YOUR GPS - FOLLOW THESE GENERAL DIRECTIONS:
 

A big head's up when you're looking for Cool Whisper Farm!
There's a detour/bridge out on County Rd. 21 - so follow these general directions:

South on 22:
Take a right on 203 in Austerlitz (toward Chatham). In Spencertown, take a left on 7D (also marked as County Rte 11 in places).  Deadends at 21. Take a right at County Rd. 21. 

Cool Whisper Farm is right up the road on your left!


Follow the Oldtone Signs!

 

Oldtone Cool Whisper Farm Festival Map

 

GATE HOURS

The festival day parking and camping parking areas are open for business on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2:00 pm and close Sunday at 2pm on Sept 11th.

The Daily Festival Gate/Day Parking Lot hours are:
Thursday 2pm-12:00am
Friday 9am-12:00am
Saturday 9am-12:00am
Sunday 9am-2pm

MAIN STAGE HOURS

Music and Performance on the Main Outdoor Stage hours:
Thursday 3:30pm to 10:30pm
Friday 11am to 10:30pm
Saturday9am to 10:30pm
Sunday 10am to 1:30pm

WORKSHOP STAGE HOURS

Music, performance and instruction on the workshop stage will occur at varying times between 11am and 7pm Thursday through Saturday.

DANCE STAGE HOURS

Music, performance and dancing will occur in the dance stage tent or barn between noon and up to 12:00am each day except Sunday.

ADMISSION
 

Ticket Price
Kids 12 and under are absolutely Free!
Ages 13-17 pay their age! (ID Required)
All attendees 18 years of age and over see regular festival prices.

Admission & Gate Info
All those who pay admission to the festival are issued wristbands at the gate which will designate whether they have paid for the full weekend or individual days. These wristbands must be affixed around the wrist and displayed at all times while on the festival grounds. Festival patrons may leave and re-enter the grounds at their convenience, provided they show their wristbands to gate personnel upon re-entry.

Campers have their own gate separate from the day parking lot gate. Campers arriving during overnight hours who have not yet received their wristbands will be admitted to the grounds, though they may have to park in the entrance lane until the gate opens in the morning or sign in. Campers who have received their wristbands will be permitted to leave and re-enter the grounds overnight, provided they display wristbands to gate security personnel upon re-entry.

Festival attendees who purchase Full Camping tickets can park their vehicle in the “camping/pick’in areas” on the grounds with no extra charge for the main festival stage area; i.e. they do not need “Day Tickets in addition to their full camping tickets. Please respect the working farmers and homeowners whose lands surround the festival grounds by not camping or trespassing on their property (it’s very easy to discern where the lines are).  Campers may bring their normal “festival camping gear.”  There is no curfew for campsite “pick’in.”  Any extremely loud activity will be addressed by festival staff, please be considerate!

 
 
 
 
Eventbrite - 2016 Oldtone Roots Music Festival Sept. 8th-11th 2016

Ticket DescriptionPrice

CAMPING

   
Early Bird July 13th to Aug 17th $75
Fat Bird Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $85
Gate Bird (Gate) Sept 4th on... $100
     

DAY PASSES

   
Early Bird Thursday July 13th to Aug 17th $20
Early Bird Friday July 13th to Aug 17th $30
Early Bird Saturday July 13th to Aug 17th $35
Early Bird Sunday July 13th to Aug 17th $10
     
Fat Bird Thursday Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $25
Fat Bird Friday Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $35
Fat Bird Saturday Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $40
Fat Bird Sunday Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $10
     
Gate Bird Thursday At the Gate $25
Gate Bird Friday At the Gate $38
Gate Bird Saturday At the Gate $48
Gate Bird Sunday At the Gate $10
     
     
RV Pass   $30/RV
     
     
Eventbrite - 2016 Oldtone Roots Music Festival Sept. 8th-11th 2016

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Buy Kaia Kater Tickets

Few are more conscious in their journey through Appalachian histories and the Canadian musical landscape than Kaia. Born in Montreal, Kaia has lived Winnipeg, Wakefield and, most recently, West Virginia, she now resides in Toronto. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, CBC Music and The Roots Music Report.  Often praised for her capacity to sound new and old at once, Kaia anchors her music the space where tradition and innovation intersect.

Buy Kaia Kater Tickets

 

 

Buy Molsky's Mt. Drifters Tickets

Introducing Bruce Molsky’s brand new trio with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch - Tradition steeped in possibility.
 
Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Bruce’s previous collaborations, with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. You can also hear Bruce on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.
 
Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk FestivalStockholm Folk Festival the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.
 
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass FestivalRockygrassMerlefestSavannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.


"Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who 'gets it': has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it" - Mark Knopfler

"Molsky is easily one of the nation's most talented fiddlers...he transports you ... geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally" - Mother Jones

"It is no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and transporting, and best experienced live" - WBUR (Boston NPR)

"An absolute master" - No Depression

"An incredible power of history and tradition in his vocal" - Linda Ronstadt

"One of the world's premier Appalachian-style fiddlers" - Bloomberg News

"A mystical awareness of how to bring out the new in something that is old" - Mark O'Connor
Buy Molsky's Mt. Drifters Tickets

 

 

Buy Mike + Ruthy Band Tickets


* * Bright As You Can makes Best of 2015 at NPR Music and No Depression * *
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In 2016 Hudson Valley based songwriters Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar (aka Mike + Ruthy) enjoyed a high-water mark year buoyed by critical acclaim for their June release, Bright As You Can (Thirty Tigers) and a commitment to touring once again as a crack five-piece ensemble - reintroducing a high-energy folk rock sound that they helped define in the early 2000’s as “Trad is Rad” trailblazers, The Mammals.

Mike + Ruthy are “musicians’ musicians” who have found fans and friends in the Americana world and beyond. As word of their well-loved record spread, the band quickly found themselves sharing bills with industry luminaries as diverse as The Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival, Ani DiFranco and The B-52s setting the stage for a tremendous 2016 which included invitations to 15 major music festivals across the US and Europe.

He's a songwriting guitar-slinger with a knack for clawhammer banjo. She's a fiddler and uke-chanteuse who grew up in the American roots underground, the daughter of GRAMMY-winning fiddler, Jay Ungar. These two believe in the transformative power of a great live show. They write top-tier songs ("Some of the best songwriting of their generation" (LA Weekly), tour with their kids and peerless five-piece band (a sound they’ve taken to calling rural rock), and perform for audiences worldwide with a charm and on-stage ease that might make you think they’re your new best friends. Of their own roots music festival the two founded in 2013, their late friend and mentor Pete Seeger wrote, “Dear Mike + Ruthy, Your Hoot was one of the best song-gatherings I’ve seen in all my 94 years. I hope next year I can be there for more than one day.”

Woody Guthrie's guitar killed fascists. This family carries the torch.

 

“'One of the year’s standout Americana albums.” - Boston Globe
 
"In the vanguard of today’s vibrant folk revival.” - Pop Matters
 
“True musicianship is alive and well.”  - Performer Magazine
 
“Some of the best songwriting of their generation.” - LA Weekly
 
“Mike + Ruthy are the next big thing.” - Claire Armbruster, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
 
“An absolutely terrific gig that rattled by in a flurry of fun, flair, top musicianship and boundless energy.” - Celtic Music Radio
 
“Folk, bluegrass, vintage country and just about everything else that falls under the catch-all heading of Americana.” - Wall Street Journal

“From rollicking good times to more tender reflections, Bright As You Can is a winner.” - NPR Music

"Everything is masterfully performed as Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar sing about the charms of hard work, homemade wine and free parking. Amid the barn dance reverie created by fiddle, pedal steel, horns and more, Ruthy's versatile alto is the most glorious instrument of all.” - ABC news

"When it comes to chemistry, Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar have plenty to spare. Onstage, they are Mike + Ruthy, a husband-and-wife duo setting the indie-folk scene ablaze. Singers and storytellers, poets and parents, the two tour with their children in tow, embodying a down-home approach to Americana. Bouncing between festivals and intimate venues, the troubadours bring harmony-driven fiddle and banjo tunes to more than 100 shows a year. Road-tested material such as the pair’s celebrated recording of Woody Guthrie’s “My New York City” cement Merenda and Ungar’s status as a national treasure."  - Seven Days, VT

“The Ungars and Merendas are the Hudson Valley’s first families of folk.”  - Natalie Merchant
Buy Mike + Ruthy Band Tickets
 
 



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