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.
“I’m really looking forward to this show,” says Mark. “We have heard great things about Golden Link, and it will be an honor to perform in this series. We also have a lot of friends and fans in the area, so it will be great to see some familiar faces as well as meet some new folks.”
Loren and Mark are also annual regulars at the Tunes by the Tracks concert series in Clifton Springs. Series organizer Jim Clare says, “Loren and Mark are incandescent musicians with an engaging personal chemistry that lifts their performances even higher. Do not miss Loren & Mark.”
To whet your appetite, here is a video of Loren and Mark in concert at the Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester and also talking about their music.
Also check the website for details on other concerts coming up this season, including: 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.