Concerts and Workshops Schedule -- "GottaGetGon"  - late May 2015.  

(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:10-May-2015 ( subject to small change )

Friday - 22-May-2015


Pot Luck Dinner - bring something to share
Friday Night - 22-May-2015
new generation folk concert
8pm New Folk concert:

MC: Sarah Craig

(Here comes the future. It looks bright.)

Saturday - 23-May-2015

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 Phil Spoor & coordinator: Paula Weiss

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: tba


Windborne Singers
(Lauren Breunig, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan)
a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions.

2 workshops
  • World Music  (Townley Bldg)   - Windborne Singers
  • Guitar licks & jamming- (Lewis Bldg) - Bennett Hammond & Brooks Williams

Tumbling Bones 
(Pete Winne, Jake Hoffman, Kyle Morgan) young men inspired by old music. They play a mix of original compositions and traditional material drawing on bluegrass, pre-war folk, and a bit of the contemporary rock ‘n’ roll the guys were reared on. They make music with nothing but acoustic instruments, tap shoes & voices

2nd set of workshops
  • Playing Backup - (Townley Bldg) Tumbling Bones & Brooks Williams
  • a cappella, the voice - (Lewis Bldg) Lorraine Hammond & Windborne Singers
  • 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.
  • Maybe some Juggling with Lauren Breunig for kids of all ages - that means you.
Country Dance
8:00-10:30pm “Barn” Dance - (4H main bldg)  all welcome - no experience necessary.   All dances taught. Dance caller: Trish Miller with live music supplied by QUICKSTEP & maybe some friends. -- a very good time - for all
Sunday - 24-May-2015

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

  • Singing Harmony  (Townley Bldg)  -Tumbling Bones & Windborne Singers
  • Dulcimer - (Lewis Bldg)  Lorraine Hammond
Lunch Break


Brooks Williams  
writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales.

  • Song Writing (Townley) - Brooks Williams
  • Dance Music (Lewis)   - Tumbling Bones
3:00-3:45pm Lorraine & Bennett Hammond
 “play and sing in perfect complement: blending their instruments with consummate skill, they create a new voice for music that ranges in style from classical through Celtic, blues and contemporary. The joy they take in their music is contagious, and their flair for tailoring their selection of songs and tunes for individual audiences lends a lively freshness ...
Open mic

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
  • Bill Spence (Lewis bldg)  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  - 25-May-2015
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: $35/day or $5 after 5:30pm. Rates for students 22 and under are half price;
           Younger folk under 18 years are free with paying adult.  - More complete rate info on Previous page

Purchase GGG Admission Tickets on-line

GGG ticket BPT

Advance tickets for the Gottagetgon Folk Festival are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.
Buy online
(event# 1303099)
or by calling 1-800-838-3006

extended thru May 20, 2015!.

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

Tickets are also available at the gate.

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-2015, 26-apr-2015   - howie