GottaGetGon fest set for Memorial Day weekend
BALLSTON SPA The lineup, workshops and camping facilities are all set for the 44th annual GottaGetGon Folk Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 through 26 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.
The GottaGetGon is a small, family-friendly festival, sponsored by local folk music organization Pickin’ and Singin’ Gatherin’. Performers appear in concerts and workshops throughout the weekend, and there’s always campground jamming for those who enjoy making their own music.
This year’s lineup includes Dave Gunning from Nova Scotia. Gunning writes and sings Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, folk and country music. He has been called a “working man’s hero” because of his style and lyrics.
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys from Michigan will also be on stage for a concert and to provide the music for Saturday’s barn dance. Leaning toward more of a bluegrass sound, the musicians offer a mix of their own up-tempo songs and American traditional music.
The New Generation Folk Concert, featuring some locally grown young musicians, opens the music portion of the festival at 8 p.m. Friday. With Hannah Rosen as master of ceremonies, Molly Durnin, Aaron Welcher and Driftwood will perform.
There are workshops and concerts all day and night Saturday. Sunday will start with a sing-along featuring gospel music and songs of hope and humanity. Following the final concert late Sunday afternoon, everyone is invited to perform at the open stage. There will be more participatory music after dinner with an a cappella sing.
The festival is held rain or shine, All of the concerts and workshops take place in covered buildings.
Weekend admission is $50 for adults (ages 23 and up), or $27 per day. Students (ages 19-22) pay $25 for the weekend or $15 per day. There is also an evening-only option for $5 per night. Youths under age 19 get in free with a paying adult. On-site camping is included at no extra charge.
To keep the size and cost of the festival down there are no food concessions, except for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Attendees can prepare food at their campsites; however, bonfires are not allowed.
There is a traffic note for those headed to the fairgrounds on Saturday morning. The Memorial Day parade takes place in Ballston Spa that morning and Route 50 may be closed. Instead you can take Route 67 from Malta via Interstate 87 Exit 12 or Route 9.
More information on the festival, including a detailed schedule of events, is available on the web at www.pickingandsinging.org.