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.”
For the concert on December 10, we will have a Holiday Hootenanny – drawing on this idea of an informal music gathering which is somewhat structured but with opportunities for spontaneity and interaction. It will be a chance to share some more unusual holiday songs, with Allen (pictured above with Val Fowler) along with Vern Lindberg and Dean Santos serving as the house band. Feel free to bring a song to lead, your instruments to jam along, or just come to listen.
The evening will start at 6 pm with a spaghetti dinner and more time for jamming during the dinner hour, then the concert at 7:30 pm. Concert tickets are just $5 per person at the door (children under 12 free) – and the spaghetti dinner is just $5 per person. Click here for further details.
And mark your calendar for the other concerts coming up on the concert series, including: Loren & Mark (January 21); Americana singer/songwriter Ana Egge (Feb. 11); Si Kahn, Joe Jencks & Maria Dunn singing songs to celebrate working people (March 9); Joe Crookston (April 22); and Bill Staines (May 13).
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.
Photo of Allen Hopkins and Val Fowler from 2014 Holiday Hootenanny taken by Janice Hanson.