The Grateful Dead exposed generations of music fans to the nooks, crannies, branches, and offshoots of American roots music like perhaps no other act of their size and influence. Jerry Garcia grew up listening to field recordings, jazz, traditional folk songs, bluegrass, and ancient Child ballads, first getting together with Bob Weir and Pigpen NOT to start a rock-and-roll band, but to play jug band music. They learned songs from itinerant street musicians, covered blues legends and country stars, and packed many musical styles into their own original songs.
Join the Buffalo-based Canal Street String Band on Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church as they explore the deep well of American music that inspired the Grateful Dead, and discover some fascinating stories behind the music. Even if you’re not a Deadhead, you’ll love the Canal Street String Band’s renditions of their songs using a wide variety of instruments – both traditional and unusual – along with selections from the trio’s standard repertoire.Read more
Nominations are now open for positions on the 2019 Sounding Board. A nominating committee has begun work to determine who is willing, if elected, to continue serving in their current position, and to seek new persons who might want to serve on the Golden Link Sounding Board.
Elections will be held during the Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017. We will begin with the Annual Meeting, then proceed to the evening's sing-around.
if you--yourself--would be interested in serving (yes, self-nominations are welcome and will be seriously considered!!), please contact Betty or Val.
Plans are complete for the 2017–18 Golden Link concert series and it promises to be an exciting one!
The series kicks off on Saturday, October 21 with the Buffalo-based Canal Street String Band presenting Folk and Blues Roots of the Grateful Dead. They will explore the deep well of American music that inspired the Grateful Dead, and you’ll discover some fascinating stories behind the music.
On Saturday, November 4, we’ll host a special concert at Hochstein School of Music & Dance by the one and only Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary. Don’t miss this chance to hear music and stories by the musician who penned “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” and sign up now for a special Meet & Greet before the concert.Read more
Saturday, August 26, 3:00–9:00 pm
Steve Gretz & Leslie Lee will be hosting this year's picnic at the Greece Baptist Church at 1230 Long Pond Road. The entrance is just north of Ridge Road (drive around to the back). Food, conversation, singing and music are on the schedule.Read more
Best known as one third of the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary, folk legend Peter Yarrow comes to Rochester for a very special Golden Link concert on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm in the Performance Hall at Hochstein School of Music & Dance. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 5 at 10:00 am.
Peter Yarrow’s talents – both with the legendary trio and as a solo performer – are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the trio’s most moving songs, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.”Read more
“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