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The Golden Link Folk Singing Society's

2015 Turtle Hill Folk Festival

(our 44th year)

September 11, 12 and 13, 2015

At the Rotary Sunshine Campus

A great weekend of music featuring concerts, workshops, jamming, dancing, food, and fun!


  • • Rain or Shine! All events under cover
  • • Concerts Friday at 7 pm (NEW TIME), Saturday at 7 pm
  • • Daytime workshops and mini-concerts
  • • Indoor, post-concert fireplace sings
  • • Contra dancing with John Kirk & Trish Miller and caller David Smukler (Sat. 4 pm)
  • NEW VOICES EMERGING ARTISTS SHOWCASE - Sponsored by Bernuzio Uptown Music
  • • Food and craft vendors
  • • Rough camping and heated bunkhouses on site
  • • Accessible for persons using wheelchairs
  • • Nature trails, two playgrounds, and mini-golf on site


TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Click here to order Online Show Clix

Buy your weekend tickets early and save over gate ticket prices! Members save even more!

Ticket Type Member Price Non-member Price
All Weekend - Advance $55 $65
All Weekend - At Gate $65 $75
Friday Night Only $25 $35
Saturday - Day Only $12 $15
Saturday - Night Only $25 $30
Saturday - Day & Night $35 $40
Sunday Only $12 $15
Children 12 & under FREE! FREE!

Click here for a mail-in Ticket Order Form: TicketOrder. The deadline for mail ordering is September 1, 2015. Tickets will also be available at Tuesday night Golden Link sing-arounds.

The facility is completely accessible for persons using wheelchairs. Pets (other than service animals), alcohol, and open fires are prohibited.

Free “field” camping (RVs okay, no hook-ups) is available, or stay in a cabin for a small fee. Hot showers available. Field campers are required to move their vehicles to the parking lot after setting up.

For more information about cabin accomodations, click HERE. Space will be assigned based on availability; cabins will be gender-specific: Men, Women, Families/Co-ed. Bunkhouse beds are $10/night per person; children 12 and under are free.

Potential vendors can contact our festival Vendor Coordinator, Jantina Cornelison at membership@goldenlink.org.

Festival Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 11, 2015

5:00 pm Gate opens
Food and Craft vendors on sites
7:00-10:00 pm Evening Concert featuring:
Evening concert followed by an indoor fireplace singaround and informal jamming through the night.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

9:30 am Gate opens
10:00 am-3:45 pm Daytime workshops, round-robins, and jamming on three stages.
4:00-5:30 pm Contra dancing with John Kirk & Trish Miller and caller David Smukler
7:00-10:00 pm Evening Concert featuring:
Evening concert followed by an indoor fireplace singaround and informal jamming through the night.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

9:30 am Gate opens
10:00 am-1:45 pm Daytime workshops, round-robins, and jamming on three stages.
2:00 pm GRAND FINALE CONCERT featuring all the performers

About the Artists

John McCutcheon (Saturday-Sunday)

John McCutcheon is folk music’s Renaissance man – a master instrumentalist (hammer dulcimer, banjo, guitar, piano, autoharp), powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. His 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. His 30+ albums have earned seven Grammy nominations.

“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” - Pete Seeger

John Kirk & Trish Miller

John Kirk and Trish Miller have toured the world, sharing their love of traditional tunes and witty songs, presented in brilliant arrangements for fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and their warm, clear vocals. Many of their musical selections are rooted in the local lore of the northeast woodlands. They also perform for contra and square dances and both John and Trish are on the music faculty at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, where they are based.

“With such a widely varied repertoire, there’s really something for everyone. These folks are worth seeking out.” - Sing Out Magazine

Dana & Susan Robinson

Dana & Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional American music brings to their performances a deep understanding of American musical heritage. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.

“Dana Robinson is one of the few contemporary singer-songwriters whose songs display a strong respect for the centuries-old folk tradition.” - Phil Shapiro, Bound for Glory radio show, Ithaca, NY

Hey Mavis

Favorites at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival last summer, the Americana band Hey Mavis has quickly gained a solid and passionate fan base for their music, which blends jazz, bluegrass, old-time, folk, and a touch of rock ‘n’ roll. Laurie Michelle Caner (banjo, vocals) writes the majority of the songs, with lyrics that tell the story of life—with all of its beauty, heartache, disappointment, and joy. Joining her are Eddie Caner (violin, viola profunda, vocals), Bryan Thomas (bass, Chank-o-matic 6000, vocals), Anthony Taddeo (cajon, vocals).

“Marvelous … This is a charming—and serious—banjo-driven sound … adds up to rocking Appalachian music from Akron, Ohio.” - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Maria Gillard

Maria Gillard’s compelling voice draws you into her lyrics which, when combined with memorable melodies, head straight for the heart. A talented singer, songwriter, and educator from the Finger Lakes region, Gillard tells stories through her music in ways that are soul-stirring, evocative, contagious, lively, and energizing.

“Maria Gillard sings from the soul, with a clear-eyed vision that cuts straight to your heart. Every time Maria sings, I learn something more about me.” - Julia Figueras, WXXI

David Smukler

Syracuse-based dance caller David Smukler leads evenings of contras, squares, English country dances, and family dances throughout the northeast. His repertoire includes New England contras, and an assortment of squares, singing calls, mixers, old chestnuts, and freshly minted dances.

What should you expect at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival? Follow these links to explore last year's event and get a flavor of the festival to come!

A Photo Slide Show of the 2014 Festivsal - Pictures by Bill Gamble

Video of the 2014 Festival - Video by Dan Kuchta


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