Fresh from their win at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards (both Ensemble of the Year and English Songwriter), The LYNNeS – Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson – come to Rochester for their first Golden Link concert on Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 pm.
These two Canadian musicians fuse tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics. Also known for their humor, the two witty songwriters play off each other live, often leaving the audience howling with laughter with their between-song banter. The two songwriters are not new to working together, having toured and written songs off and on over the past 10 years, and with Miles having produced two of Hanson’s albums.
“A bunch of powerful songs, two exceptional and complementary voices, some interesting twists on the arrangements … and a great rapport with the audience between songs. Stack all of that up and you have a pretty memorable night.” – MusicRiot (UK)
Their debut album, Heartbreak Song for the Radio, “has the kind of spacious, rolling thunder restlessness Bob Dylan attained with Daniel Lanois all those years ago. It’s that good.” – 5-star review from Winnipeg Free Press
In addition to their beautiful harmonies, the two are skilled multi-instrumental musicians (acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, mandolin, percussion).
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters and also the winner of four Canadian Folk Music awards and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year. “Lynn Miles makes being forlorn feel like a state of grace,” says John Pareles of The New York Times.
Lynne Hanson has been playing her brand of “porch music with a little red dirt” for the past 10 years. She has been favorably compared with Nancy Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Gauthier, and Lucinda Williams.
For a sample of their music, watch this video of them performing “Recipe for Disaster”:
Tickets are on sale on the Golden Link website, and also available in person at the Bop Shop.
Check out the website for details on other upcoming concerts, including North by Crooked North on February 23, featuring Dave North and the band The Crooked North. Sort of a mini-festival, it will include a sing-around/jam session starting at 5:00 pm and a chili supper from 6:00–7:00 pm before the concert.
And don’t miss Golden Link’s special concert with Judy Collins on March 9 at Hochstein! Tickets are still available.
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.