This is a class to which visitor are always welcome -- to participate if we're having a normal meeting or to watch if we're praticing for a show. How many opportunities do you get to hear or play the songs that go back to the early 20th century? I'm talking about songs from the great 1920's and 1930's and the last great depression? Not many! But what a wonderful era for songs! That is much of what we play in the Americana Ensemble, now in its 11th year. While it's both an ensemble class and a performing group based at the Old Town School of Folk Music, I welcome visitors; it's the way I recruit musicians. Our repetoire is mostly from the first half of the 20th century; we work on arrangements for performances at a local restaurant and/or other venues. As of spring 2016, the group includes a professional cabaret singer, backup singers, and backup instrumentation of guitar, mando, five string banjo, autoharp, and harmonica. Four of the instrumentalists perform regularly with other groups. With the serendipity of the music community, in the past we've sometimes been joined by a young tap dancer (who knows that this is the place for great tap dance songs!) While it's a class (discounted for seniors), having visitors makes it more fun. Easy parking is available at a city lot just down the street.