Concerts and Workshops Schedule -- "GottaGetGon"  - May 2014.  

(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
google map

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: 22-April-2014 ( subject to small change )

Friday - 23-May-2014


Pot Luck Dinner - bring something to share
Friday Night - 23-May-2014
new generation folk concert
8pm New Folk concert:
  • Alex Smith
  • The Irregulars (Vt)
  • South Carolina Broadcasters

MC: Amanda Fry

(Here comes the future. It looks bright.)

Saturday - 24-May-2014

10:25 AM
- 12:15 PM 

Sampler concert,  all featured performers - don't miss it.
Main -4H Building - please be on time  - low chairs in front :-)

The on-site Host/MC is Don Burger

Gathering for New people
Lunch Break

There will be a short gathering of folks new to GGG, to help get acquainted,
in the main 4H bldg. Host: Bev Seinberg

1:15-2:00pm The Murphy Beds
(Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) " present traditional Irish and American songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. Their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés.” -Huffington Post
2 workshops
  • Harmony Singing  (Townley Bldg)   -The Murphy Beds
  • Southern Style Instruments- (Lewis Bldg) - - Molly Andrews & Gina Forsyth

Michael Jerome Browne 
Blues, Old Time, Cajun, Country, Soul and Swing. Roots music is the music I play on guitars, banjos, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica. It is also the music I sing. A wide repertoire of all variety of songs. Songs that are traditional, original and interpreted.

2nd set of workshops
  • Cajun Style Fiddle- (Townley Bldg) Gina Forsyth & M.J. Browne
  • Why Sing a Ballad? - (Lewis Bldg) Molly Andrews & The Murphy Beds
  • 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: Pavillion near Crump's camper) 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.   All dances taught. Dance caller: Fern Bradley   with live music supplied by The Irregulars from Vermont  & maybe some new friends 
Sunday - 25-May-2014

* Early activities
(too early for featured performers :-)
  • Wake up with Gospel and songs of hope & humanity - (Townley) with The South Carolina Broadcasters. Bring your own song.

  • (self) Accompaniment  (Townley Bldg)  - M.J.Browne & Jefferson Hamer
  • Round Singing,  Appalachian style - (Lewis Bldg)  Molly Andrews
Lunch Break


Gina Forsyth  
New Orleans-based award-winning singer/songwriter, known for her wizardry on fiddle and guitar - with an alto as unique as it is soulful, unpretentious songs that cut straight to the heart, and a wicked sense of humor

  • Song Writing (Townley) Gina Forsyth
  • Blues & Ragtime, instrumental style in songs (Lewis)   - M.J. Browne & Low 'n' Lonesome
3:00-3:45pm Molly Andrews
 “ ... a quintessential roots vocalist.” - John Moore, Denver Post
“... she reflected a nicely brittle form of balladry that seemed more in line with British folk music until the tune dramatically detoured into an almost rag-style coda that brought the animation of such American guitar innovators as John Fahey to mind.” - Walt Tunis, Lexington KY
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
  • TBA (Lewis bldg)  Maybe an Old Style Pick&Singin meeting for old & new folks.
. Evening

a cappella 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.

Like a pub-sing without the pub.

Monday  - 26-May-2014
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

Purchase GGG Admission Tickets on-line, until May 15

GGG ticket BPT

Advance tickets for the Gottagetgon Folk Festival are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.
Buy online
(event# 661885)
or by calling 1-800-838-3006

--EARLY BIRD PRICING thru May 15, 2014!.

Younger folk, under 19, are free with paying adult.

After May 15 Tickets are only available at the gate. Sorry.

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.

GGG | PerformersPSG | photos-from-2011 | PSG/GGG photos from 2013 | google map

last update: 11May2014, 29Apr2014, 22apr2014,17-April-2014,   - howie