Events

Get out your instrument and join Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam for an open, all-levels music session!

We play mostly Irish and Scottish tunes, with a smattering of other regions.  This all-levels jam is open to any acoustic instrument player and we focus on learning by ear while playing at an accessible speed.

Come join this super welcoming group as we play in the beautiful Old Stone House. Fully vaccinated adults should bring proof of vaccination, masks are required.

For more information on our group and events, explore our website at http://brooklyntraditionalslowjam.org and check out our FAQ at http://brooklyntraditionalslowjam.org/faq/ .

A live musical performance from New York-based folk group Hudson Valley Sally.   This is the group’s 7th annual concert at OSH, and they are proud to be joined by Mario Cancel-Bigay , singer/songwriter/cuatro player extraordinaire from Puerto Rico, and Ruben Gonzalez, singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire from Argentina.  It will be a spirited evening in English and Spanish.

While harmonic patterns and rhyme styles have evolved over the decades, we are not afraid to experiment with tradition. Our goal is to make the oldest songs sound fresh and to make the newest feel like you’ve always known them.

Most remarkable of all is how little many of the themes have changed – peace, poverty, and justice were the heart of the movements then, and still are today. Sadly, these songs are needed now more than ever. But hope is stronger than ever, and activist songs continue to make a difference. Our unique combination of musical sensibilities produces a new voice that adds one more link in the chain.

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The goal of this “salon” is to free up participant’s creativity (while rediscovering the love of writing), and help those who choose to write, to write better. Through a series of creative writing exercises, we’ll invite inspiration in and break through barriers of the well ordered mind that can result in writers block and fear of expression (for all writers whether you are a songwriter, poet, novelist – this gathering welcomes all.)

Waiting for the muse to strike can be a mistake. Rather, as cleverly stated by songwriter Jeff Tweedy in his new book How to Write OneSong, “Most of the time, inspiration has to be invited.” We will find renewed joy for language, inspiration, to explore becoming better writers together at the Old Stone House.

This writing salon will be taught by Annie Keating, veteran songwriter who just released her 10th album, and teaches songwriting, guitar and tours internationally. www.anniekeating.com

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Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, November 11th with Brooklyn-based guitarist Loren Connors. Active for over four decades, Connors has become a living legend of the experimental avant-garde, creating a deeply personal and distinctive language based on the blues. For tonight’s program, Connors will perform a solo electric guitar set, and the evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Limited to 25 people , proof of vaccination required for entry. Please wear a mask. Click here for tickets.

Founded in 2012, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event focuses on a single artist, who presents a recent work or project in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Loren Connors has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music – which embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms – has been recorded on Family Vineyard, Northern Spy, Drag City, Table of the Elements, Recital, RoadCone and other labels.

Connors, who names abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko his most important influence, has performed with Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, John Fahey, Alan Licht, Jandek, and Kim Gordon. Suzanne Langille has often appeared on Connors’ recordings as vocalist, lyricist and arranger. Connors also on occasion has performed with an avant blues band called Haunted House, together with Langille, guitarist Andrew Burnes and percussionist Neel Murgai.

In July 1979, Cadence Magazine noted that Connors, who had recently emerged in the scene, was “similar to others in the Advanced Guard of improvising guitarists in that he is trying to extend the boundaries of sound and pitch of acoustic guitar, but he is unique in the utilization of Blues in his work, one could almost say this is Avant Garde Blues. He’s swimming in new waters and beginning to make his own environment.”

In recent years, Connors has focused mostly on live recordings of extended blues abstractions, with occasional performances in a more avant blues rock vein from time to time through collaborations with other artists.

Kick off Halloween with this teenage battle of the bands event! Featuring local rock and pop groups including:

  • Faith Monroe
  • Willa Dora
  • Wednesday
  • Kendall Lambert
  • Odette’s Demise
  • Raymundo 2112
  • Red Out

Outdoors on the Turf Field behind OSH. We encourage our audience to practice social distancing and wear masks.

Suggested donation $10, make a donation here.