Welcome. Here's a bit of info about the GottaGetGon family Folk Music festival  - Memorial Day Weekend;
Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa NY.

(Featured Perfomers below, with photos)


The GottaGetGon is a delight for those who enjoy folk music in the rich informal tradition of its origins. If you sing old songs or play an instrument, even only in your mind, you will enjoy the atmosphere at the GottaGetGon festival. It's a friendly atmosphere.  Music is on stage during the day and played other places on the campgrounds at other times.  You are welcome to join-in actively, or just listen.

 We engage a few superb professional musicians to entertain and inspire us.  They are not the ones you will hear on top 40 radio, or reality TV.  You will be amazed at their artistry and will want to hear more of them.

The GottaGetGon is a good place for folks of all ages.  Young kids, teenagers, young adults, parents, grandparents, and singles. Don't look for a tight overlapping schedule or rows of commercial vendors.  Bring a snack for yourself, a folding chair, a warm sweater in case the weather turns cold; and camp with us if you can.

The main dates for 2016 are: Saturday May 28 & Sunday May 29, 2016. (mark your calendar)
We also have a "new folks" concert and pot luck dinner Friday night, May 27, 2016.  See a complete schedule here.

If you are camping try to come after 3pm Friday to set up and get acquainted.  Monday morning is for goodbyes - nothing is scheduled.

2016 Featured Performers (click on photo for publication size)
Brooks Williams
Windbourne Singers
Lorraine & Bennett Hammond Tumbling Bones

This highly praised husband-wife duo from Rhode Island is well known to fans of traditional music throughout the U.S. and Europe. They blend appealing vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more. Their repertoire includes traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. They have researched traditional folk music and dance in Appalachia, the Ozarks, New England, Ireland, England and Prince Edward Island and are well known to fans of traditional folk music in the U.S. and Europe for their wonderful performances and engaging workshops.

Charlie Parr
"Parr is a folk artist for the new American Dust Bowl, a resonator-ready troubadour armed with a well-worn satchel of troubled tales that cut to the heart of a nation mired in fear and in dire need of a roots-music revival." ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE Minnesota's Charlie Parr is blistering finger-picker who switches between acoustic guitar, dobro and banjo. His keening, cut-through-the-crowd vocals resonate with a conviction that runs deep and true. It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. His heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals are rooted in a humble upbringing as the son of two proud union meatpackers. He has thirteen albums to his name and plays more than 250 shows a year world-wide.

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald Quartet
 This first-rate Celtic quartet combines the fiery sound of the Scottish Border pipes (Ben) with rich Cape Breton fiddle (Anita), accompanied by Tyson Chen on Cape Breton-style piano and PEI guitarist and fiddler Zakk Cormier. Following a stint in the internationally acclaimed Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band, band leader and Queensbury, NY native Ben Miller pursued his lifelong love of the pipes all the way to the University of Edinburgh, where he completed a post-grad degree at their School of Scottish studies. Anita MacDonald adds the fiddle tunes and Gaelic songs of her native Cape Breton to the band's repertoire.
Heather Pierson Trio
  At the seat of a piano or brandishing an acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, or melodica, Heather Pierson transforms from a quiet, serious figure into a world-class performer, opening her heart in a manner that leaves her listeners hungering for more. Her live performances move seamlessly from New Orleans jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant, original ballads. She's accompanied by Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and the GottaGetGon's own Davy Sturtevant on guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and cornet, giving this ensemble a dynamic range that is truly impressive.

www.atwater-donnelly.com www.charlieparr.com
www.benandanita.com www.heatherpierson.com
Click on a photo above to get a bigger image. More information like: schedule.

john trish Aubrey & Elwood with with a few friends, will play for the "Barn Dance" Saturday night.  The dance caller, Elwood Donnelly, caters to newcomers as well as seasoned dancers.

Sunday night, as if by magic, we join in a cappella singing.  There is no visible organization - someone starts singing a song and others join in.  We do it around a dim camp light in one of the covered buildings. It's quite a delight for most.  Other folks who'd rather play musical instruments can join in one of several ad hoc jam sessions.


Friday Night May 27, 2016 ••• NEW FOLK concert
Greg K

MAX HATT / EDDA GLASS - Jazz-Americana duo from New Mexico that is "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be." (Nels Cline, Wilco)


5 MILE STRING BAND - A rockin' old-time string band from Brooklyn NY with an infectious sound and irresistible energy.


THE YOUNG NOVELISTS - Beautiful harmonies on songs culled from their small-town roots in rural Canada. They are the winners of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year



GGG location

Tickets at the gate
or with a discount before
May 20, 2016 at Brown Paper Tickets




"We are always amazed at the wonderful music and great fun we have at this little festival that has so much heart. It's a great place to introduce our grandsons to the joy of good music. Over the years we've seen many families expose their kids to the special experience of making music in the campground and listening to top notch performances while sitting a short 20 feet from the stage. The singing, the laughter, the bicycles, the instruments, the dancing -- altogether revive the ancient traditions of family and community." - Paul Schurr, on the faculty SUNY Albany

One last thought:  If you enjoyed the GottaGetGon, consider joining PSG: The Pickin' & Singin' Gatherin'. 
We meet monthly to have sing-arounds and other gatherings, including a  private "festival" called The Last GASP (at the end of the season).

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