A 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.Read more
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
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
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.”
Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She grew up surrounded by living, breathing roots music in Canada’s Ottawa Valley, listening to her father’s country band and lively music at church and community dances, as well as playing tunes to win fiddle competitions.
Today, Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning fiddle playing engage contemporary listeners with her fresh and feisty approach to traditional music. April Verch returns to the 45th Annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival with her trio for a concert Friday night, September 9, and workshops on Saturday morning, September 10.Read more