Matthew Byrne Sings of Newfoundland and Beyond

Matthew-Byrne_press2_300px.jpgBorn into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew Byrne has developed a repertoire that is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage – weaving a great story with a beautiful melody. Established as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices, Matthew Byrne comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.

Matthew’s music has traveled well beyond those rugged shores since his 2010 debut, Ballads. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. I first heard him at the Old Songs Festival, where he kept the mainstage audience enthralled with his powerful vocals and polished guitar work. His second album, Hearts & Heroes, received Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

His most recent album, Horizon Lines, explores songs from both sides of the Atlantic. The album features an original ballad by Byrne called “Adelaide,” penned after discovering a fascinating family connection to a beautiful love story – “a traditional song just waiting to be written,” as he describes it.

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Celtic Roots Band RUNA Comes to Golden Link

RUNA-2017-promo_300px.jpgQuickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. The group’s members have played with Riverdance, Solas, Eileen Ivers, Clannad, Guy Mendilow Band, Eric Anderson, and Jonathan Edwards, among others. RUNA comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert this Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm.

They weave together the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues to offer a thrilling take on traditional music. Here’s an example of their musical variety – in addition to traditional Celtic songs and tunes, one of their CDs includes the classic labor song “The Banks are Made of Marble,” a gospel song, two Child ballads, and songs by Kate Rusby and Amos Lee.

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Renowned Musician John McCutcheon Returns on February 17

McCutcheon_JOMC4_400px.jpgCalled folk music’s Renaissance man, John McCutcheon is an engaging storyteller, powerful singer-songwriter, and master instrumentalist (hammer dulcimer, banjo, guitar, piano, autoharp) who excels at getting people singing together and thinking about what’s important in life.

We’re in for a real treat when he returns for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church. (Click here for concert details.)

Local musician Allen Hopkins says of McCutcheon, “His set at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival a couple years ago was the finest individual performance I’ve seen in decades; he’s master of several instruments, a great singer, and has an evident social conscience that pervades his music. If you only see one concert this week, this is the one not to miss.”

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Robert Jones and Matt Watroba Find Common Chords

Robert-Matt_Turtle-Hill_400px.jpgA concert by the Detroit musicians Robert Jones and Matt Watroba covers the gamut of traditional American music – blues and spirituals, field hollers and work songs – as well as some original compositions, early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and country. They consider it all “roots” music – music that America and the world have in common and can help bring people together.

Last here for the 2016 Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Jones & Watroba return for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church. (Click here for concert details.)

Both have powerful voices and play a mean guitar, with Jones adding in some blues harmonica. Their music is exciting and energizing, conveying a message of mutual respect and diversity – which seems more important now than ever – with humor and musicality. And there will be lots of opportunities to sing along.

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Vote for 2018 Sounding Board

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The 2018 Sounding Board has been selected and voting will occur at our yearly business meeting at the Sing-around on December 12.  As usual, there will be a brief part of the Sing-around devoted to letting people know how Golden Link is doing financially, what it's plans are, and to elect next year's board.

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October Concert Explores Roots of the Grateful Dead

Canal-St-String-Band_300px.jpgThe Grateful Dead exposed generations of music fans to the nooks, crannies, branches, and offshoots of American roots music like perhaps no other act of their size and influence. Jerry Garcia grew up listening to field recordings, jazz, traditional folk songs, bluegrass, and ancient Child ballads, first getting together with Bob Weir and Pigpen NOT to start a rock-and-roll band, but to play jug band music. They learned songs from itinerant street musicians, covered blues legends and country stars, and packed many musical styles into their own original songs.

Join the Buffalo-based Canal Street String Band on Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church as they explore the deep well of American music that inspired the Grateful Dead, and discover some fascinating stories behind the music. Even if you’re not a Deadhead, you’ll love the Canal Street String Band’s renditions of their songs using a wide variety of instruments – both traditional and unusual – along with selections from the trio’s standard repertoire.

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Nominations for 2018 Sounding Board

Mental_Gears.jpgNominations are now open for positions on the 2019 Sounding Board. A nominating committee has begun work to determine who is willing, if elected, to continue serving in their current position, and to seek new persons who might want to serve on the Golden Link Sounding Board.

Elections will be held during the Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017. We will begin with the Annual Meeting, then proceed to the evening's sing-around.

If you are aware of a person who has indicated that they would be interested in serving, please click to contact our Festival Director, Betty Smits or our President, Val Fowler.

if you--yourself--would be interested in serving (yes, self-nominations are welcome and will be seriously considered!!), please contact Betty or Val.

 

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Exciting Concert Season Ahead: Yarrow, McCutcheon, Robin & Linda, and more

1718-season-photo-collage_900px.jpgPlans 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.

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Golden Link 2017 Summer Picnic

Saturday, August 26, 3:00–9:00 pm 

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Steve Gretz & Leslie Lee will be hosting this year's picnic at the Greece Baptist Church at 1230 Long Pond Road.  The entrance is just north of Ridge Road (drive around to the back). Food, conversation, singing and music are on the schedule. 

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Golden Link Presents Peter Yarrow This November

yarrow-peterHR1_300px.jpgBest known as one third of the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary, folk legend Peter Yarrow comes to Rochester for a very special Golden Link concert on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm in the Performance Hall at Hochstein School of Music & Dance. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 5 at 10:00 am.

Peter Yarrow’s talents – both with the legendary trio and as a solo performer – are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the trio’s most moving songs, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.”

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