How did Golden Link get its name?

Golden-Ring-CD_600px.jpgOne of the CDs in my car right now is something I picked up at September’s Turtle Hill Folk Festival. It’s called “Golden Ring” and was released in 1964 by Folk-Legacy Records. According to a note on the Folk-Legacy website, “the ‘Golden Ring’ has never been an established group of specific individuals; it has always been more a concept, an approach to informal, non-competitive music-making by a gathering of friends, often solo performers in their own right, who simply enjoy singing and playing together.”

Inspired by that recording, the Golden Link Folk Singing Society was founded in 1971, with the concept that our local group was like one “link” in a chain of folk musicians who enjoy just making music together. And the club has been operated completely by volunteers since that time.

On most Tuesday nights, you will find musicians gathered at the informal weekly sing-arounds (7:30–10 pm, Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church), where people can either lead a song, request a song, or pass (and just listen and sing along). Occasionally, club members will be featured in a concert, such as next Tuesday’s “Potpourri Jam,” where the musicians’ names were drawn out of a hat at random to form groups who will rehearse for a few weeks, then put on a concert.

Golden Link also runs a monthly concert series and an annual folk festival featuring touring performers, and distributes a monthly newsletter chock-full of information about folk music events in the local community. Click here to view the community calendar.

Keep on singing!

– Janice Hanson

Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area. 

Read the Golden Link blog on the Democrat and Chronicle website. 

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  • Janice and Craig Hanson
    commented 2015-11-02 13:47:13 -0500
    Mitzie –
    Thanks for sharing more of the story behind the Golden Link name. I didn’t know that the Pickin’ and Singin’ Gathering was also connected with the Golden Link history. I have sung with folks from that group a number of times during their a cappella sing at the Old Songs Festival, which I believe itself grew out of the Fox Hollow festival.
  • Mitzie Collins
    commented 2015-11-02 09:28:10 -0500
    I remember well choosing the name “Golden Link” – and I still think it was a good choice…though most current members are not familiar at all with the recording that was so influential. Our model for a folk singing group was the Albany Pickin’ and Singin’ Gathering …..another big influence on all us founding folk was the Fox Hollow Folk Festival…held from 1966 through 1980 near Troy.

    The Golden Link traditions of a weekly sing around, a yearly festival, and the sponsorship of concerts, workshops, and ensembles were all established early in our history. I am very proud that these traditions are continued to this very day. Thanks Janice for this post! Mitzie Collins