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.
On Friday, November 17, we’ll feature the Americana duo of Evie Ladin & Keith Terry – all the way from California – who blend original folk songs, old songs, and percussive dance, with Evie on banjo and vocals; Keith on percussion and upright bass.
Ithaca-based banjo player Richie Stearns (The Horseflies, Donna the Buffalo) and fiddler Rosie Newton return to the series on Saturday, December 9 with music steeped in the traditions of American old-time, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country.
On January 20, 2018, we’ll bring back Detroit musicians Robert Jones & Matt Watroba, celebrating diversity by digging deep into American Roots music, including folk, blues, spirituals, and work songs.
Folk music’s renaissance man John McCutcheon joins us again on February 17, 2018. He is an engaging storyteller, powerful singer-songwriter, and master instrumentalist who excels at getting people singing together and thinking about what’s important in life.
We celebrate Celtic roots on March 24, 2018, with the exciting five-piece band RUNA, who weave the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes and songs of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues.
On April 21, 2018, you’ll get to hear Newfoundland musician Matthew Byrne, who will bring his thoughtful interpretations of traditional songs anchored by polished guitar work and a commanding voice.
And we’ll close out the season with Robin & Linda Williams on May 12, 2018. Regularly featured on A Prairie Home Companion, they blend bluegrass, folk, old-time, and acoustic country and engage audiences with their gift for capturing moments of universal life in their songs.
Tickets are on sale now for Peter Yarrow and Ladin & Terry, and others will be added to the website in coming weeks. All concerts are at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church, except for the November 4 Peter Yarrow concert at Hochstein.
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.