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.

  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    North by Crooked North - 2/23

    Tickets: $20, $15, $10 ($22, $17, $10 at Door) - $5 Chili Supper

    Enjoy a fun evening of music to beat the midwinter blues with this double bill of local favorites, Dave North and Crooked North!

    The Crooked North is an acoustic, Americana string band that features some of the top bluegrass players in Western New York. Crooked_North_Folkus_20180228_11601.jpgThey capture the high energy of a new generation of modern bluegrass, the gritty soul of great American songwriting, and the Rust Belt ethos of their hometown. The band includes Jon Itkin on guitar, Ben Proctor on banjo and dobro, Rita Proctor on vocals, and Jordan Kleiman on bass. The band has played clubs and festivals across New York state, including Brantling Bluegrass Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival and Rochester International Jazz Festival.

    Dave_North_wall.jpgA native of Slough, England, Dave North has been playing Celtic folk music in the Upstate New York area since the mid-80s. He has an amazing repertoire of songs, from traditional ballads and sea songs to more contemporary songwriters such as Donovan, Van Morrison, and Christy Moore, with comic ditties and English music hall songs thrown in to mix it up. 

    Soup_and_Guitar.jpgBefore the concert, join us for a sing-around/jam session starting at 5 pm, and a chili supper from 6 to 7 pm (meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free options) served with bread, salad, and a brownie. Bring your instruments and voices to join in the fun! Chili supper tickets are $5, available for purchase below or at the door.

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

    Concert tickets also available at Bop Shop Records,1460 Monroe Ave, Rochester. No service charge for cash/check at Bop Shop; $1 per ticket if using credit card.

    Chili Supper $5 per person - order chili supper tickets in advance online, or purchase at the door.

    Sing-around starts at 5 pm; chili supper 6 to 7 pm
    Concert Hall 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, March 09, 2019 at 07:30 PM
    Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, NY

    An Evening with Judy Collins - 3/9

    Judy Collins

    Tickets: $40 to $70

    Join us for this special Golden Link concert with Judy Collins, who has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

    Judy_Collins_White_600.jpgFive decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. "Collins remains a singer of astonishing clarity and intuition...." says USA Today.

    Tickets are on sale NOW!

    Admission:

    All seats reserved, additional service charges will apply when purchasing
    Golden Link Members - $65, $50, $35 depending on seating section
    Non Members - $70, $55, $40 depending on seating section

    All tickets will cost $2 additional at the door.

    Doors open at 6:30 pm

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

    Unless sold out, tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •

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    Reserved seating ticketing services are being provided by the RPO.

    Tickets can also be purchased by phone through the RPO at 585-454-2100
    or in person at 108 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14604

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    Jim Malcolm 3/30

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

    “One of the most outstanding talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years.” The Independent

    “Jim Malcolm’s voice has the complex individuality of an aged single-malt whisky.”  Boston Globe

    Jim Malcolm, former lead singer of Old Blind Dogs, is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style” (Living Tradition).

    Jim-Malcolm_shed_4x6.jpgAs a solo performer with ten solo CDs to his credit, Jim can mix it up with anyone out there. As well as a renowned singer, he is in the top handful of simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world. He plays mostly in the folk guitar tuning DADGAD in both fingerpicking and plectrum styles.

    His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages. He has been featured many times on radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic, unfazed by cameras and completely at home behind a microphone. He was named songwriter of the year in the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2004.

    In 2017, he released a duet album with his wife, Susie Malcolm. Spring Will Follow On is a selection of traditional and more contemporary songs, along with two new original compositions based on popular fiddle tunes. For more information, visit Jim Malcolm' website.

    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, April 13, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    Michael P. Smith - 4/13

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

    “Michael Smith stands out as one of the few undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters.”  – Sing Out! Magazine

    “… as evocative and magical as the finest literature.”  Song Talk Magazine

    Michael P. Smith has been singing, writing, and touring for more than five decades. His songs have been recorded by artists the world over – in particular, his song “The Dutchman,” considered a classic in the folk community and recorded by Steve Goodman, Liam Clancy, and Tommy Makem, among many others.

    michaelsmith_bw1_600.jpgSmith is considered a master of the story song, bringing to life characters like Margaret and her Dutchman, the riverboat gamblers in “Spoon River,” schoolteacher Sister Clarissa, the beautiful princess and the talking frog. Time and again, audiences report that an evening with him is an unforgettable experience, filled with stirring vocals, stories, and his fine guitar playing.

    He is also an award-winning composer, including receiving the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2010 for his adaption of The Snow Queen, for which he also wrote the musical score.

    A voracious reader, Smith has adapted and set literature – including works by Lorca, Steinbeck, Wilde, Brecht, and Stevenson – children’s stories, and poetry to music. His most recent project features original songs inspired by Melville’s seminal American classic, Moby Dick.

    For more information, visit the Michael P. Smith Website.

    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. •

  • 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. •