Concerts and Workshops Schedule -- "GottaGetGon"  - May 2012.  

(information below is subject to change)

a very friendly FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL.  A family event. :-)

Memorial Day Weekend  at Saratoga County Fairgrounds  - Ballston Spa, NY
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The weekend features concerts and workshops on Saturday and Sunday during the day; a family country dance on Saturday night, a PSG open stage Sunday afternoon, and an a capella sing Sunday night.  New for our growing audience, we have a new generation folk concert FRIDAY NIGHT with some great up-and-coming talent.  GottaGetGon audiences like to be part of the music, so performers not only have the opportunity to showcase their music, but can count on enthusiastic participation as well.

Low chair
Bring a (low) folding chair, perhaps a sweater and some food for yourself.  
All events are in covered buildings. Rain is never a problem.

Please keep the site clean.
low chair
 --- SCHEDULE ---  last update: 1-May-2012 ( subject to change )


Pot Luck Dinner - bring something to share
Friday Evening  25-May-2012
new generation folk concert
8pm New Generation Folk:
  • Christopher Lawton
  • Michael Poulopoulos
  • Olivia Gale and Colin de la Barre
(Here comes the future. It looks bright.)
Saturday - 26-May-2012

10:25 AM
- 12:15 PM 
Sampler concert,  all featured performers - don't miss it.
Main -4H Building - please be on time  -
Lunch Break

1:15-2:00pm Andreas Transø 
a musician and educator keeping alive traditional folk culture and history while captivating and entertaining his audiences, large and small.  He performs mostly traditional and contemporary Irish, English, Scottish and American folk music.
2 workshops
  • Spoons  (Townley Bldg)   - Andreas Transo
  • Song Swap - (Lewis Bldg) - Beautiful or Rude - Peter Seigel & Nora Jane Struthers
3:15-4:00pm Guy Van Duser  internationally known for his unique “stride guitar” style of playing, as well as his imaginative and sometimes outrageous arrangements for finger-style guitar, including the amazing “Stars and Stripes Forever"––!
He is also Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
2nd set of workshops
  • Instrumental Tunes  (Townley Bldg)  -- Guy Van Duser & Beverwyck
  • Songs I wish I wrote  (Lewis Bldg)  Nora Jane Struthers & Andreas Transø
  • Swing Warmup  (Pavillion near Crump's camper) Dave Crump will lead the Jam
Dinner Break
Go find some food
Special PSG workshop
  • Swinging (music) with Dave Crump (site TBA) Bring your instrument, voice, dancing feet or just swing and sway with the music.  All welcome - of course.
Country Dance
8:00-10:30pm “Barn” Dance - (4H main bldg)  all welcome - no experience necessary.   Dances taught.
Dance caller: Tim Jenkins, 
live music supplied by Beverwyck Band  & Friends 
Sunday  - 27-May-2012

* Early activities
(too early for featured performers :-)
  • Wake up with Gospel and songs of hope & humanity - (Townley) Bring your own song. Vicki Kelsey & Bruce Pomeroy will coordinate.
  • Diamonds in the  Rough - (Townley) -  great instrumental tunes from old/strange sources  --Guy Van Duser & Andreas Transø.
  • Americana - old-clothes, new songs  (Lewis Bldg)  - Nora Jane Struthers and PJ
Lunch Break

1:00-1:45pm  Beverwyck String Band (Peter Seigel, Britany Orlebeke, Kristen Hislop) Expect a high-spirited selection of reels, jigs and waltzes expertly articulated by fiddle, mandolin, piano, guitar and maybe banjo; traditional as well as several recently composed tunes.
  • Overlapping colors: harmonics and chimes for guitar, (Townley) Guy Van Duser --  An advanced technique that can coax gorgeous harp-like sounds and colors from the strings.harmony choices and the importance of learning the melody first. 
  • Singin' & Swingin' (Lewis)   - - The Beverwyck -  Traditional & unEvolved folk music
3:00-3:45pm Nora Jane Struthers  "Nora Jane infuses bright, fresh lyrics into this traditional genre with sheer intelligence. Musically, she takes unconventional twists and turns, while 'holding you to the road' with commanding charm."
-Claire Lynch

You will also enjoy her vintage clothes.
Open mic
4:15-6:00pm Open Stage - your musical talent; try your best stuff (Host: Don Burger)
  - look for the sign-up list.
Dinner Break
You are on your own (eat/nap/socialize/take a walk ...)
after dinner
  • Slow Jam (Lewis bldg)  Leader supply names and yell-out the chords
  • Celtic Jam   - (main 4H bldg)  Bring a Bodhran, Celtic Harp, Uilleann Pipes, or somesuch
. Evening
a capella sing (Townley bidg.) could break-out at any time around dusk (estimate 8:20pm)  Sit in a circle around a small camp light and singalong. It's magic.
Monday  - 28-May-12
Memorial Day
Gone by 2:00pm Pack-up & Good-byes,  good memories 'til next time.
If you enjoyed yourself consider joining PSG  - we have other smaller events. (see contact info. below)
Unscheduled pickin' & singin' anytime, mostly in the evening - lot's of good folk jam sessions.
Bring your instrument or just "gather" and enjoy.

Rates: Adult: $26/day or $5 after 5:30pm. Rates for students 22 and under are half price;
           Younger folk under 18years are free with paying adult.  - More complete rate info on Previous page

The GottaGetGon folk festival is sponsored by: the Pickin' & Singin' Gatherin' (PSG),  a folk music club near Albany New York.
 For information contact the  President of PSG Jack Kilrain email: <jkilrain at nycap dot rr dot com >
or call GGG Pre-event-coodinator: Howie @ (518) 882-6809
also try: <ggg at capital dot net> (response may be slow)


--> The GottaGetGon (GGG) got its name from the urge to “get gone” from the city,
 to the country,  where music takes over for the weekend.

***   We have been doing this since 1970.  New folks are most welcome. ***

  ** Please bring a low folding chair and maybe some anti-bug lotion. Lower chairs in front.
A coat or sweater for the early morning and evening would be a good idea.

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last update: 10-May-2012,   - howie