For more than four decades now, the Virginia-based duo of Robin and Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time, and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism. Today some might call it “Americana,” but these two revered music masters were living and breathing the music 20 years before that label was turned into a radio format.
On the heels of performances at MerleFest and Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, Robin and Linda come to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm.
Developed at the beginning of the “singer songwriter” craze in the 1970s, their unique musical style is steeped in the traditional music of the Appalachian mountains, Mississippi Delta, British Isles, and beyond. Their superb songwriting has earned deep respect from their musical peers. Artists who have covered their original songs include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom T. Hall, Tim and Mollie O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, and The Seldom Scene.
As The Washington Post put it, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.”
For a sample of what you might hear, here are Robin and Linda singing their version of “Wildwood Flower,” based on the original printed lyrics:
Visit www.goldenlink.org to purchase your concert tickets, and save by purchasing in advance. You can now also purchase tickets to Golden Link concerts in person at Bop Shop Records near 12 Corners. There’s no service charge for using cash or check and tickets are available there day of show. Or you can purchase tickets at the concert.
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.