“I was born in the path of the winter wind and raised where the mountains are old ...” These opening lines to a Bill Staines song promise to introduce you to an intriguing main character, but as the song goes on, you realize that he’s writing from the perspective of the river itself. He’s also talking about memories, the changing of the seasons, and the passage of time.
“River” is one of the songs you’re likely to hear when Bill Staines comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
A profound respect for nature is in all of Staines’ songs, and his lyrics convey a real sense of place. You feel as if you have joined him on an adventure along a dusty highway, traveling far up into the mountains where you might find an antique shop full of treasures, or meet someone with a special story to tell.Read more
Ithaca-based songwriter and guitarist Joe Crookston is a master storyteller. At one of his concerts, you might hear about rattlesnake tails, dark highways, Galway heather, good luck, meter maids, or drunk roosters. His songs are universal, his rhythm is infectious; he can be funny one moment and transcendent the next. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.
Crookston comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church in Penfield.
Whether he’s picking his ‘48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs, or looping his fiddle, Crookston will draw you in. If you love a moving song and musical madness, you will find that he delivers it all: melodies, lyrics, energy, and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.Read more
Golden Link has been promoting and supporting Folk Music in the Rochester Area for over 45 years! Show your support by joining as a paid member, or renewing your membership, at one of our new membership levels. Become a FOLK FRIEND or a GOLD PATRON in the knowledge that with your help Golden Link will continue to bring great folk music to the area, promote folk music education, and bring this enduring genre to as wide an audience as possible.Read more
The next Golden Link concert coming up on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 pm is a special one. Si Kahn, Joe Jencks, and Maria Dunn – three acclaimed singer/songwriters known for writing and performing songs about working people and social justice – are teaming up for a select number of concerts featuring songs of hope, courage, love, and triumph. (Please note that it is a Thursday night – not our usual Saturday.)
Making this concert extra special: Si Kahn was honored with the “Spirit of Folk” Award at the 2017 Folk Alliance International conference last month; and just a few weeks ago, Maria Dunn was nominated for a 2017 Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category for her album Gathering.
From Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; and Edmonton, Alberta respectively, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks, and Maria Dunn represent the finest traditions in music that is socially aware, musically engaged, and filled with heart and purpose.Read more
I’m very excited to be bringing Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb to Rochester for a Golden Link concert, coming up on Saturday, January 21. These two amazing guitarists have opened for Tommy Emmanuel several times in Rochester, but this is their first Golden Link appearance. In addition to world-class guitar playing, their concerts feature Loren’s superb lead vocals and beautiful harmonies from Mark.
Influenced by Americana, jazz, country & western, and classical music, the duo’s unique style of guitar playing is largely built on the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Since first performing together at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in 2010, Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb have toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, and Mark’s homeland, New Zealand. Based in the Syracuse area, they have three albums, which have all won SAMMYs (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album.Read more
We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome our new board members for 2017, and to thank those outgoing members who gave their time and energy to Golden Link over the past years! Those leaving are our President, Vern Lindberg (although he will be staying on as Treasurer), Robyn Kaleta who served as Vice President and Festival Chair, our Secretary Carolyn-Smith Hanna (who will still be helping out as Calendar Coordinator), our Treasurer Valerie Coushaine, Our Community Activities person Pete Roche, and Dave Russell our "Director at Large". Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to Golden Link and folk music!Read more
We are incredibly lucky here in Rochester to have such a rich musical community, and especially Golden Link. I noticed it as soon as I moved here in 2002 – Golden Link folks just really enjoy getting together to make music and have nurtured a wonderful, welcoming space to share songs and stories.
As Allen Hopkins wrote in a Golden Link blog in December 2014, “Woody Guthrie’s Almanac Singers collective called their New York City rent parties ‘hootenannies,’ and the idea of an informal musical get-together – part jam session, part sing-around – really took hold during the Great Folk Scare of the 1960s.”
As required for a 401(c)3 not-for-profit entity, we will have our annual meeting on Tuesday December 13, at 7:30. The meeting will probably last 20-30 minutes, following which we will burst forth with our usual Tuesday night singing!
At the Turtle Hill Folk Festival in September, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Wendy Sassafras Ramsay – aka Pepper & Sassafras – were selected the audience favorite during the New Voices Emerging Artist Showcase. They return to Golden Link for their own full-length concert on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is the grand-prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Musician Patty Larkin says, “Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers’ songs ring true and new. Spot-on work from an American wordsmith.” He teams up with Wendy Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, who adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.Read more
If you had the chance to hear John McCutcheon at the 2015 Turtle Hill Folk Festival, you know that we are in for a real treat when he returns to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm.
Called folk music’s Renaissance man, McCutcheon is an engaging storyteller, powerful singer-songwriter, and master instrumentalist (hammer dulcimer, banjo, guitar, piano, autoharp) who excels at getting people singing together and thinking about what’s important in life.Read more