Concerts and Workshops Schedule -- "GottaGetGon"  - late May 2017.  

(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. (We have 2 good food vendors this year.)  
All events are in covered buildings. Rain is never a problem.

Please keep the site clean.
low chair
 --- SCHEDULE ---  last update: 29-April-2017 ( subject to small change )

Friday - 26-May-2017, eve


Pot Luck Dinner - bring something to share
Friday Night - 26-May-2017
new generation folk concert
8pm New Folk concert:


(Here comes the future. It looks bright.)

Saturday - 27-May-2017

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 Host/MC is: Phil Spoor & on-site 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


Abbie Gardner w/Jon Paul
Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own!
"Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie."

2 workshops
  • “Slip Slidin’ Away”  (Trustco Bldg)   - Abbie Gardner
  • Troubled Tales- (Lewis Bldg) - Josh White Jr. & Catamount Crossing- w/Bob Amos

Tom Lewis
Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines; although now he's comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others' melodies. Often accompanying himself with button accordion or ukulele, expect also a recounting of a very funny perhaps randy tale.

2nd set of workshops
  • Musical Influences - (Trustco Bldg) Tom Lewis & Josh White Jr,
  • Accompaniment (mostly instrmental, some Harmony) (Lewis Bldg) Bob Amos-Catamoint Crossing & Abbie Gardner
  • Swing Warmup  (Pavillion near Crump's camper) Dave Crump will lead the Jam
Dinner Break
Go find some food (check-out our select food vendors)
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: Paul Rosenberg with live music supplied by PSG's best dance instrumentalists: *Vonnie, John, Steve, Betsy, Barbara* . -- a very good time - for all
Sunday - 28-May-2017

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

  • new&old Sea songs(Trustco Bldg)  -Tom Lewis with Abbie Gardner
  • Bluegrass Band dynamics- (Lewis Bldg)  Bob Amos & Catamount crossing
Lunch Break

MC this Afternoon: Nick Johnston

Josh White, Jr. 
Josh White, Jr., became, a 'hit' literally over night at the age of four, by performing with his legendary father JOSH WHITE one night at New York's famed "Café Society" night club (America's first integrated nightclub). In the wake of America's tragedy on September 11, 2001, Gateway Records recorded Josh performing two of his father's patriotic and civil rights classics, "The House I Live In," and "Free and Equal Blues," for their 2002 compilation release "CELEBRATE AMERICA." Concurrently, with that release Josh White, Jr., was the first artist authorized and invited to sing a set of inspirational songs at New York’s hallowed Ground Zero site.

  • Master Guitar Techniques (Trustco) - Josh White, Jr.
  • Pub Songs (Lewis)   - Tom Lewis
3:00-3:45pm Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing
 Bob Amos & daughter Sarah sing wonderful harmonies, Bob plays banjo, guitar along with Freeman Corey on fiddle, Bob Dick (formerly of Front Range) on bass, Gary Darling on mandolin and Steve Wright on guitar. (Chris Cruger will be on bass for select shows). The band puts on a very entertaining high energy show, with stellar vocals, terrific original material, plus some great new interpretations of some bluegrass classics.
Open mic

Open Stage - your musical talent; try your best stuff
(Host: TBA)
  - 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 Pickin&Singin' meeting for old & new folks.
. Evening

a cappella sing (Trustco 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  - 29-May-2017
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 $7 after 5:30pm. Rates for students 21 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# 2887299)
or by calling 1-800-838-3006

thru May 20, 2017!.

Younger folk, under 18, 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: 4may2017, 28-apr-2017, 22-April--2017, 1-May-2016, 26-apr-2015   - howie