Great Groove Band for Young Musicians

“Groovemama stirs up a wild storm of music!” Philly Folk Festival

School-age musicians (ages 6-18) bring acoustic instruments and voices to Old Songs Festival of Music and Dance near Albany NY or Philadelphia Folk Festival near Philly. In six hours of focused rehearsal over three days at each festival, they experience the joy of music, learning, arranging and performing fiddle tunes and folk songs by ear. Learning to work cooperatively as a band, they prepare for a Sunday afternoon performance on the main stage at each festival see video gallery at right, photo gallery in slider above?.

Their transformation from chaos to harmony over three days always makes the members really proud of themselves! For many festival-goers, the Great Groove Band is the highlight of the weekend, and some older players return as volunteers when they graduate. 2015 marks the program’s 17th year at Old Songs and 10th year at Philly Folk (where Groovemama is also the house contradance band).

Both festivals admit under age 12 for free.




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