Dan and Maureen Kuchta

  • commented on New Voices Showcase deadline is Sunday, June 12 2016-09-15 21:01:57 -0400
    Sorry to hear that, Angelina. Maybe next year!

  • published FAQ in Golden Link 2016-08-16 18:14:27 -0400

  • published Potpourri Jam Concerts in Golden Link 2016-08-11 21:15:21 -0400

    Potpourri Jam

    Potpourri_frame_400.jpgPotpourria mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle natural scent inside buildings.

     In April of 1991 the first Potpourri Jam occurred, and it has been a regular yearly event ever since!

    No, we don't feature fragrant folk singers, but rather form groups of 4 or 5 people at random, give them about 10 weeks to choose songs and practice, and finally present them at the Potpourri Jam which tends to be held around the turn of the year.

     If you choose to participate we can guarantee that you will have fun and get to know other GLFSS members well. You will have the opportunity to perform on stage with microphones, typically for a 20-25 minute set. Often the participants then go their separate ways, but some groups work so well that they continue to play together long after.  JAVA is one such group that started in the 2005 Potpourri, is still playing together today, and performs at coffee houses and other venues in the Rochester area.

    Group_500.jpgYour commitment: A willingness to meet regularly (perhaps 8 sessions) to choose songs and practice. Flexibility and a sense of adventure.

    How to sign up: The Potpourri Jam is open to the public so you don't need to be a Golden Link member to apply.  Just click the button below to bring up an email form so you can send your information to our PotPourri coordinator. You'll be contacted when selections are made for the PotPourri groups.  For future Potpourris, keep an eye on the Home Page for an announcement of the next Jam, or check out our Concerts Page for a listing of upcoming concerts and events including the Potpourri Jam.



  • wants to volunteer 2016-07-18 20:17:57 -0400

    Festival Volunteering

    Thanks for Volunteering!  The Turtle Hill Folk Festival runs on volunteers, and appreciates your help!  And, if you help out for 6 hours or more, you'll earn a free weekend pass to the Festival!

    Please let us know what times you can be available by checking one or more of the "Available:" checkboxes below.  Let us know what roles you would be interested in by checking the "Role:" checkboxes.  We will contact you for further information and details.  If you need to let us know any other information about your available times, skills, interests, physical limitations, etc. please use the Comments field at the bottom.

    Thanks again!

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  • signed up on Email Options 2016-06-06 21:54:38 -0400

    Setup your Email Options

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  • published Bob Zentz in Performers 2016 2016-05-18 17:51:50 -0400

    Bob Zentz

    BobZentz_capehenry_400.jpg“Zentz has it all ... a bag of strikingly attractive songs ... a pleasing voice ... and mastery of a variety of stringed things.” – The Scotsman

    Called the “Tidewater Troubadour,” Bob Zentz is an award-winning songwriter, recording artist, instrument builder, educator, broadcaster, and sailor. He plays dozens of usual and unusual acoustic folk instruments, and has a repertoire of more than 2,000 songs and tunes, some of which have been recorded and performed by such artists as Gordon Bok, Magpie, Rick Lee, and Tom Lewis, among others.

    He will be bringing Ramblin’ Conrad’s Old-Time Tent to Turtle Hill, featuring displays from the year 1966 in the folk tradition, an Instrument “Petting Zoo,” and children’s activities. Come enjoy a homemade hootenanny with Bob.   More ...

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  • published Jim Gaudet & RR Boys in Performers 2016 2016-05-18 17:29:23 -0400

    Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys

    (with special guest Sara Milonovich)

    JimGaudet_600.jpg“A killer little bluegrass combo … true-life songs, three-chord tunes, hot picking, and tight harmonies.”
    – Albany Times Union

    Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys will make you feel as if you’re traveling back in time, with a sound that is classic and nostalgic, as well as modern. With the help of the Railroad Boys (bassist/vocalist Bob Ristau, mandolinist/guitarist Sten Isachsen, and special guest, fiddler Sara Milonovich), Jim Gaudet anchors his deft wordplay, savvy songcraft, candor, and wit in classic roots music. It’s a unique, driving style, firmly based in Americana.

    Long a favorite on the Northeast folk scene, the RR Boys have attracted an avid, loyal audience, who enthusiastically whoop it up during songs like their signature “shout along” titled “So Far So Good.” His songs cover a wide range of topics: outlaws and murder ballads, cheating lovers, even a song about peanut butter. “He weaves storytelling into his music,” writes Bluegrass Unlimited, “and tells humorous anecdotal stories between the songs.”   More ...

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  • published April Verch in Performers 2016 2016-05-18 13:46:16 -0400

    April Verch Band

    Verch_8117154-Edit-600.jpg“April Verch stands out as a violin virtuoso playing ‘old style’ fiddle, as a step dancer, and a vocalist with a character that combines early jazz with old time.”
    – Music Central

    April Verch fiddles, sings, and step dances with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions. Verch and her band – featuring bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist and mandolinist Alex Rubin – keep their community-fired celebration of traditional music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners.

    At the heart of the music lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously to jaw-dropping effect. Drawing on traditions from her native Ottawa Valley, Verch’s energetic and breathtaking performances speak to the heart of roots music with mature and reflective songwriting, interpreting, and storytelling.   More ...

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  • published David Wilcox in Performers 2016 2016-05-18 13:36:25 -0400

    David Wilcox


    “Fueled by brilliantly articulate guitar, an honestly pretty baritone, and deft lyrics, he combines the best of both pop and modern folk aesthetics.”
    Boston Globe

    Now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans, David Wilcox holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, and a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions, all tempered by a quick and wry wit. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings.

    Winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, he released How Did You Find Me Here, which sold over 100,000 copies during the first year. Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter,’ Wilcox has had his songs covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched.   More ...

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  • published Invoice Festival 2016 in Concerts 2016-04-09 11:48:04 -0400

  • commented on Hometown acoustic music with The Crawdiddies and The Brothers Blue 2016-03-11 14:47:30 -0500
    Great video! Can’t wait to see both these groups!

  • published Food 2015 in Festival 2015 2016-03-08 20:45:25 -0500

    2015 Festival Food

    Hungry? Join in on our traditional Saturday night Chicken dinner or visit one of the on-site vendors for a variety of meal and snack options!


    Chicken Dinner - Saturday 5:00 pm

    The Chicken Dinner will be provided this year by Mark Polizzi.  There's a limited number of dinners available so be sure to get your tickets early!  Tickets can be purchased at the festival, from the Golden Link merchandise table, which is indoors in the back of the main concert room this year.  To be guaranteed your meal, purchase your tickets before 1pm on Saturday!

    $10 per person gets you this delicious meal:

    • 1/2 Chicken
    • Salt Potatoes
    • Macaroni Salad
    • Tossed Sald
    • Vegetable
    • Roll & Butter
    • Cookie

    Darrell's Kitchen by Darrell Wright

    Mexican foods, Hamburgers, Hots, Chicken quarters, Fries, Chicken wings, Philly steak sandwich, Fish fry, Pasta, Chicken breast sub, Sausage (beef and Italian), beverages.

    Golden Link

    Will have coffee, tea and simple breakfast foods (donuts, bagels) and some desserts.

    Vegetarian Fare

    We expect to have vegetarian offerings, but have not yet confirmed the vendor.


  • commented on Folk Songs 2017-01-05 16:35:38 -0500
    Thanks Jim! I updated the list with your suggestions.

  • donated 2015-08-17 16:47:03 -0400

    3 Year Family Membership

    This page allows you to purchase or renew a family membership for a three year period.  A family can be any number of people residing in the same household.  All family members will be able to take advantage of member benefits.  

    If you already have a membership, this will add three years to its duration. When your membership is about to expire, you will receive an email to let you know and give you a chance to renew.

    Fill in the required information in the form below.

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  • commented on Festival 2016 2016-09-10 09:01:22 -0400
    Hi Mohamed – The Festival is occurring this weekend and tickets are still available at the gate. Dates for upcoming events are listed on our website in the sections for Concerts and Workshops.

  • commented on Events 2018-09-04 22:06:25 -0400
    Hi Ed – really sorry to hear you haven’t had a good experience at Golden Link. We try to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, but there are many different people at the meetings with different styles of interacting and occasionally it doesn’t work out for some people. I’m glad you’re coming to the Festival and hope you have a better time there.

  • wants to volunteer 2015-07-07 10:12:22 -0400


    Thanks for Volunteering!  Please click the checkboxes below to indicate your area of interest, and leave a comment letting us know any more details about how you'd like to help out.  If you'd like to serve on the sounding board, please mention which role you're interested in.

    Note, if you're a Golden Link member and would like to volunteer for the Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Click Here.

    Become a volunteer

  • published Folk Organizations in Folk Resources 2015-07-05 16:12:49 -0400

    Folk Organizations

    Folk music clubs, societies, and organizations in the Rochester area and around the country.  If you know of additional organizations to be listed here, please leave a comment or contact the webmaster via the link at the bottom of this page.

    Rochester Region

    Around the Country

  • published John McCutcheon in Festival 2015 2015-05-27 10:01:17 -0400

    John McCutcheon

    McCutcheon_close-up_400px.jpgJohn 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 

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