Golden Link Concerts

This is a list of Golden Link sponsored events, with links to purchase tickets.  To view a full list of folk music events in Rochester and surrounding areas, visit our Community Music Calendar.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    Members Showcase 4/30


    Tickets: $5 at the Door

    April brings us another month with five Tuesdays.  As is customary, instead of a sing around we'll be having a Members Showcase concert to bring you some of our talented members performing in short sets during the evening.  It's always entertaining, and definitely fun!  Join us on April 30th for this uniquely Golden Link event.  


    tom_hollar_Square_Small.jpgTom Hollar

    WhenTom Hollar was 13, the Beatles hit America and, on hearing them, he just had to learn how to play the guitar. Tom reports, “I went to the local music store, bought an awful student guitar with strings about an inch off the fretboard and a book by Ed Sale called ‘Guitar Self-Taught’. I spent untold hours trying to tune the guitar, much less play it.” Tom has been at Golden Link about two years and enjoys the Sing-arounds and what he has learned from being exposed to all kinds of music there. Tom was recently appointed Festival Chairman for the 2019 Turtle Hill Festival.


    KathyPatrick_400.jpgKathy and Patrick Schwar

    Kathy and Patrick Schwar joined Golden Link when they moved here 30 years ago. Thanks to the Golden Link sing-arounds, that they began attending four years ago, they decided to start singing together. They’ve sung at church festivals, open mics from Hilton to Clifton Springs, the ADK expo, and community celebrations.

    Since meeting in an off-campus coffeehouse in northern Illinois while in college and joining the Tuesday night singing circle here, they’ve come to know and admire many musical friends.


    Mitzie_and_Friends_400_sq.jpgMitzie Collins, Linda Sniedze Taggart and Andy Hanson

    Mitzie Collins on hammered and mountain dulcimer will be joined by two good musical friends, Linda Sniedze Taggart on hammered dulcimer, and Andy Hanson, on accordion, recorders, bodhran, and Marimbula.

    Mitzie comments "I am delighted to be asked to perform on a 5th Tuesday Concert. I can remember way, way back when the Golden Link board first came up with this idea....and it is still a good idea! The three of us will cover a variety of dance tunes and songs with plenty of opportunity for audience participation.

    Linda Sniedze Taggart is Co-director of Striking Strings, the hammered dulcimer performing ensemble of the Eastman Community Music School, along with Mitzie Collins, and teaches group lessons through the school. Linda is a popular performer and workshop leader at national festivals and local events. Her blog Dark Horse Dulcimer can be found atwww.lindataggartdulcimer.typepadcom.

    Andy Hanson is a versatile performer who never turns down an opportunity to make music. A member of Striking Strings, he always picks out the perfect accompanying instrument for a wide repertory, ranging from New York State tunes to Bavarian Dances to Japanese folk songs

    Admission $5 at the Door

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •

  • Friday, May 03, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    Jencks & Dunn 5/3

    Tickets: $20, $15, $10 ($22, $17, $10 at Door)

    "In the Spirit of Pete" with Joe Jencks & Maria Dunn

    “The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions.” – Pete Seeger

    Joe-Jencks__350_20150527-Swarthmore_600.jpgPete Seeger worked to make the world a better place, from his political and environmental activism to community-building, and of course his music, always encouraging people to sing together. On the day of Pete’s 100th birthday, we will honor his musical, environmental, labor, and civil rights legacy in this special concert featuring acclaimed performing songwriters Joe Jencks and Maria Dunn, who each in their own way are continuing Pete’s legacy. You’ll hear some of Pete’s classic songs as well as Joe and Maria’s original music, and maybe a few special guests.

    On the morning that Pete Seeger passed away, Joe Jencks was inspired to write “Let Me Sing You a Song” about Pete’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. The song sums up Pete’s ability to use his music for the greater good:

    With nearly two decades under his belt on the international folk music circuit, Joe Jencks has become a favorite singer, performer, and songwriter of music fans throughout North America. Joe’s lyric baritone voice combined with his well-crafted heartfelt lyrics weave a richly layered tapestry. In addition to his solo work, he co-founded the dynamic harmony trio Brother Sun with Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor. For more information, visit Joe Jencks' website.

    MariaDunn_hat_square_Photo_David_Williamson_600.jpgA true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Canadian musician Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women. Since she began writing her own music in the mid-‘90s, Maria has drawn deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song to honor the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present. For more information, visit Maria Dunn's website.


    Maria Dunn video preview:

    Admission $20.00 ($22 at Door)
    Golden Link Members $15.00 ($17 at Door)
    Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE

    Doors open at 6:45 pm

    Are you a paid Member?  Click here for Reduced Ticket Prices.

    Note: Online Ticket Sales will end 24 hours before the concert.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •

  • Saturday, June 08, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    The LYNNes - 6/8

    Tickets: $20, $15, $10 ($22, $17, $10 at Door)

    “A bunch of powerful songs, two exceptional and complementary voices, some interesting twists on the arrangements … and a great rapport with the audience.” – MusicRiot (UK)

    TG-C03-18052018-The_Lynnes_large.jpgThe LYNNeS are Juno Award-winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson. The two Canadian musicians are multi-instrumentalists, fusing tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics. And also humor – the two witty songwriters play off each other live and have been known to leave the audience in stitches 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 (River of Sand and Seven Deadly Spins).

    For The LYNNeS, songs are what matter the most, and their debut album Heartbreak Song for the Radio has been nominated in five categories for the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards: best contemporary album, vocal group, ensemble, English-language songwriter, and producer.

    Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters – with 14 albums to her credit – and also the winner of four Canadian Folk Music awards and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Her song “Black Flowers” appeared on Claire Lynch’s Grammy-nominated album North By South.

    Lynne Hanson has been playing her brand of “porch music with a little red dirt” for the past 10 years, has released 6 albums, won the Colleen Peterson Award for songwriting, and been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.  For more information on The LYNNeS, Click Here to visit their website.

    Video previews:

    Doors open at 6:45 pm

    Are you a paid Member?  Click here for Reduced Ticket Prices.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •