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
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
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
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
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.”
At the Turtle Hill Folk Festival in September, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Wendy Sassafras Ramsay – aka Pepper & Sassafras – were selected the audience favorite during the New Voices Emerging Artist Showcase. They return to Golden Link for their own full-length concert on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is the grand-prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Musician Patty Larkin says, “Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers’ songs ring true and new. Spot-on work from an American wordsmith.” He teams up with Wendy Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, who adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.Read more
If you had the chance to hear John McCutcheon at the 2015 Turtle Hill Folk Festival, you know that we are in for a real treat when he returns to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm.
Called folk music’s Renaissance man, McCutcheon is an engaging storyteller, powerful singer-songwriter, and master instrumentalist (hammer dulcimer, banjo, guitar, piano, autoharp) who excels at getting people singing together and thinking about what’s important in life.Read more