Robert Jones and Matt Watroba Find Common Chords

Robert-Matt_Turtle-Hill_400px.jpgA concert by the Detroit musicians Robert Jones and Matt Watroba covers the gamut of traditional American music – blues and spirituals, field hollers and work songs – as well as some original compositions, early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and country. They consider it all “roots” music – music that America and the world have in common and can help bring people together.

Last here for the 2016 Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Jones & Watroba return for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church. (Click here for concert details.)

Both have powerful voices and play a mean guitar, with Jones adding in some blues harmonica. Their music is exciting and energizing, conveying a message of mutual respect and diversity – which seems more important now than ever – with humor and musicality. And there will be lots of opportunities to sing along.

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Vote for 2018 Sounding Board

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The 2018 Sounding Board has been selected and voting will occur at our yearly business meeting at the Sing-around on December 12.  As usual, there will be a brief part of the Sing-around devoted to letting people know how Golden Link is doing financially, what it's plans are, and to elect next year's board.

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October Concert Explores Roots of the Grateful Dead

Canal-St-String-Band_300px.jpgThe 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.

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Nominations for 2018 Sounding Board

Mental_Gears.jpgNominations 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 are aware of a person who has indicated that they would be interested in serving, please click to contact our Festival Director, Betty Smits or our President, Val Fowler.

if you--yourself--would be interested in serving (yes, self-nominations are welcome and will be seriously considered!!), please contact Betty or Val.

 

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Exciting Concert Season Ahead: Yarrow, McCutcheon, Robin & Linda, and more

1718-season-photo-collage_900px.jpgPlans 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.

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Golden Link 2017 Summer Picnic

Saturday, August 26, 3:00–9:00 pm 

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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. 

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Golden Link Presents Peter Yarrow This November

yarrow-peterHR1_300px.jpgBest 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.”

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Folk Troubadour Bill Staines Returns on May 13

BillStaines-GL_300px.jpg“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.

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Joe Crookston Brings Moving Songs and Musical Madness on April 22

Joe_Crookston.jpgIthaca-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.

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Are you a Friend to Folk Music?

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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.

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