Golden Link Concerts

This is a list of Golden Link sponsored events, with links to purchase tickets.  To view a full list of folk music events in Rochester and surrounding areas, visit our Community Music Calendar.

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    Jones & Watroba 1/20

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    Tickets: $20, $15, $10 ($22, $17, $10 at Door)

    “Robert Jones and Matt Watroba not only performed blues incredibly well, but the two Detroit educators gave us a history of American music, taking us from field hollers through the blues on up into rap.” – Elmore Magazine

    Ever since their first meeting more than 20 years ago, Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners. Later, they started performing together and discovered a friendship based in mutual respect and a love for traditional American music. They travel the nation extolling the virtues of “Music That Matters,” a program that celebrates diversity by digging deep into American Roots music, including folk, blues, spirituals, work songs, and more.

    Robert-Matt_trim500.jpgReverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller, and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. He uses American Roots music to champion the history, beauty, and power of our shared culture. A lifelong Detroiter, Jones has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years for festivals, schools, civil rights organizations, and churches.

    Many know Matt Watroba as the voice of folk music in Michigan at Detroit Public Radio, as well as Sing Out Radio Magazine and Folk Alley. Watroba has shared the stage with some of our greatest performers, such as Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Christine Lavin, Peter Yarrow, and Richard Thompson. He sings songs that you will feel and remember for a long time, and he is committed to inspiring the world to sing – one town at a time.

    For more information, Click Here.

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    Admission $20.00 ($22 at Door)
    Golden Link Members $15.00 ($17 at Door)
    Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE

    Doors open at 6:45 pm

    Are you a paid Member?  Click here for Reduced Ticket Prices.

    Note: Online Ticket Sales will end 24 hours before the concert.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    John McCutcheon - 2/17

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    Tickets: $25, $20, $10 ($27, $22, $10 at Door)

    “John McCutcheon is the Bruce Springsteen of Folk Music … a national treasure!” – The Oakland Tribune

    “The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” –Johnny Cash

    “One of the best musicians in the USA.” –Pete Seeger

    Folk music’s renaissance man John McCutcheon is a master instrumentalist (hammer dulcimer, banjo, guitar, piano, autoharp), powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author.

    McCutcheon’s eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, instrumentals, and even symphonic works is among the broadest in American folk music and his 30+ albums have earned seven Grammy nominations.

    People of every generation and background seem to feel at home when McCutcheon takes the stage; as one critic said, it’s “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.” Whether in print, on record, or on stage, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit, or pure talent of John McCutcheon.

    For more information, visit the John McCutcheon website

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    Admission $25.00 ($27 at Door)
    Golden Link Members $20.00 ($22 at Door)
    Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE

    Doors open at 6:45 pm

    Are you a paid Member?  Click here for Reduced Ticket Prices.

    Note: Online Ticket Sales will end 24 hours before the concert.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    RUNA - 3/24

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    Tickets: $23, $18, $10 ($25, $20, $10 at Door)

    “… fresh, exciting … sounds like nothing else you hear in the world of Celtic music. They’re real originals. They’re a class act.” – Irish Philadelphia

    “Celtic music at its very best!” – Gene Shay, co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM

    Runa_600px.jpgQuickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008.

    They weave together the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues to offer a thrilling take on traditional music.

    RUNA consists of vocalist and stepdancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia; Dublin-born guitarist Fionán de Barra; Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion; Zach White of St. Louis on guitar, banjo, dobro, and mandolin; and Maggie White of Kentucky on fiddle.

    The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and four Independent Music Awards including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song, and Best Bluegrass Song.

    For more information, visit the RUNA's Website

    Admission $23.00 ($25 at Door)
    Golden Link Members $18.00 ($20 at Door)
    Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE

    Doors open at 6:45 pm

    Are you a paid Member?  Click here for Reduced Ticket Prices.

    Note: Online Ticket Sales will end 24 hours before the concert.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    Matthew Byrne 4/21

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    Tickets: $20, $15, $10 ($22, $17, $10 at Door)

    “His reverence and respect for his material, along with his unabashed exploration of new songs and his staggeringly beautiful voice, makes for the rarest and most vital type of folk performer.”  – Tom Power, CBC Music

    “Matthew Byrne sings with a voice as true as a compass needle and is a dab hand on his instruments as well. His ‘Ballads’ is one of the finest English language traditional albums to come out in many a year.”  – James Keelaghan

    ByrneOnStage_600px.jpgMatthew Byrne’s music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut, Ballads. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide.

    His second album, Hearts & Heroes, received Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. His most recent album, Horizon Lines, is a collection of traditional material that explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

    Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew has a repertoire that is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.

    His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.

    For more information, visit the Matthew Byrne website

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    Admission $20.00 ($22 at Door)
    Golden Link Members $15.00 ($17 at Door)
    Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE

    Doors open at 6:45 pm

    Are you a paid Member?  Click here for Reduced Ticket Prices.

    Note: Online Ticket Sales will end 24 hours before the concert.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    Robin & Linda Williams 5/19

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    Tickets: $25, $20, $10 ($27, $22, $10 at Door)

    “Among contemporary country performers, Robin and Linda Williams shine like a diamond amid rhinestones ...” – The Boston Globe

    “…Robin and Linda Williams create music that is both comfortable and thoughtful – a rare combination that explains why and how the Williamses are able to keep on an even keel while musical trends come and go. They don't play at being country – they are country.” – No Depression magazine

    R_L_portrait_600px.jpgThe Virginia-based duo of Robin and Linda Williams is known for their rich harmonies and original songwriting rooted in the country/bluegrass/gospel tradition. They gained widespread national prominence on the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” as well as appearances on such major programs as “The Grand Old Opry,” “Austin City Limits,” and “Mountain Stage.”

    As live performers they are second to none, engaging audiences with their powerful singing, their gift for capturing moments of universal life, and a rare personal appeal. But it’s their superb songwriting that earned an even rarer honor: the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers. The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music, names like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom T. Hall, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, and The Seldom Scene.

    The Williams celebrated their musical legacy in 2013 with the release of their studio album Back 40, which features fresh treatments of their early classics, many from albums long out of print, and favorites by other writers.

    Having come full circle with their return to performing as a duo, Robin and Linda continue to tour constantly. When not on the road, they come back to their old frame house built around a log cabin in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where they have lived for more than 40 years.

    For more information, visit the Robin & Linda Williams website

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    Admission $25.00 ($27 at Door)
    Golden Link Members $20.00 ($122 at Door)
    Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE

    Doors open at 6:45 pm

    Are you a paid Member?  Click here for Reduced Ticket Prices.

    Note: Online Ticket Sales will end 24 hours before the concert.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •