Call it a happy accident of 19th-century design, but the Depot has terrific acoustics. Voices carry and fill the room without ever crowding it (though the whoosh of a passing train occasionally joins the chorus). Maybe that’s how we attract national touring artists as well as talented local performers.

Depot Folk: beppe gambetta

The Depot Theatre launches an intimate workshop-and-performance music series, Depot Folk, with a pair of shows this spring. First up is Beppe Gambetta, who will perform Saturday, March 25. Gambetta, an Italian guitarist and singer whose talents have taken him around the world, is one of folk music’s top pickers. He playing with a masterful skill that makes the technically difficult seem sublimely easy. He's a terrific teacher, too, and will lead a guitar workshop in the afternoon prior to his evening performance.

Depot Folk is presented in partnership with the American Center for Folk Music.

Depot folk: The mammals (feat. Mike & ruthy)

Day Two of Depot Folk belongs to The Mammals (feat. Mike & Ruthy) on Saturday, April 8. Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar, a husband-and-wife duo, are skilled multi instrumentalists, singers and songwriters with excellent taste: Their cover of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” is a longtime favorite. Veterans of the festival circuit, they've toured the country while maintaining their ties to the Hudson Valley, where they live near Kingston. In 2013 they founded the Summer and Winter Hoot, a pair of annual music festivals benefiting the Ashokan Center. Pete Seeger described the Hoot as "One of the best song-gatherings I've seen in all my 94 years." Mike and Ruthy will lead a vocal workshop focusing on harmony in the afternoon and, as The Mammals, perform in the evening.

Depot Folk is presented in partnership with the American Center for Folk Music.