If you have never seen Cheryl Wheeler perform live, you’re in for a real treat when she comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church. I first saw her in concert at a music festival in Vermont, shortly after writing “Potato” (and yes, it’s all about potatoes, sung to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance).
Known for her well-crafted songs and beautiful voice, Cheryl is also hysterically funny in live performance. In fact, it sometimes seems as if there are two Cheryl Wheelers.
There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring, intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene – such as “75 Septembers” or “When Fall Comes to New England.” Her songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, and Holly Near.
And then there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. Here’s an example of this dichotomy – in this YouTube video, she talks about her wedding day (she dressed up by putting on a bracelet) and then sings “Gandhi Buddha,” which she wrote for her partner. “I must have been Gandhi or Buddha … I must have done something great, to get to have you.”
Don’t miss this entertaining evening of music and stories with Cheryl Wheeler. For more information, visit this page on the Golden Link website.
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.
Read the Golden Link blog on the Democrat and Chronicle website.