Golden Link’s 2018–19 concert series kicks off on Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 pm with the quartet Windborne.
I first heard Will, Lauren, Lynn, and Jeremy at a house concert and was quite impressed by their close vocal harmonies. Not surprising, given their roots in Vermont’s Village Harmony and Northern Harmony vocal ensembles.
Windborne’s repertoire covers quite a range – from songs of workers’ rights (“Bread and Roses”) to old-time music (“Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms”), from traditional songs like “Blackest Crow” or “Lazy John” to the mining song “I Can Hew” – and even songs from Corsica, Quebec, and Bulgaria, in their native languages and traditional styles.
Check out this video clip of them singing “Song of the Lower Classes” (with music by Ian Robb of Finest Kind) outside Trump Tower. The video went viral, gaining more than one million views:
In 2017, they released Song on the Times, a handbound, illustrated songbook and CD, which they produced with support from a crowdfunding campaign.
It includes this timely quote from Pete Seeger: “Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.”
See the website for more info on other upcoming concerts – including the return of Tom Paxton, joined by The DonJuans (Don Henry and Jon Vezner) on November 17 and a holiday concert with Joe Newberry and April Verch on December 15. More concerts to be posted on the website soon.
And don’t miss Golden Link’s special concert with Judy Collins on March 9 at Hochstein. Tickets for that concert are available here and through the RPO Box Office.
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.