The deadline is coming up this Sunday, June 12, to submit applications to the 2016 New Voices Emerging Artists Showcase. Designed to introduce Golden Link audiences to emerging local and regional acoustic folk musicians, New Voices is a juried competition, sponsored by Bernunzio Uptown Music.
Winners will be invited to perform a 20-minute set on the main stage at Golden Link’s 45th Turtle Hill Folk Festival, during the day on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 4–5:30 pm. Applicants may be solo artists or groups.Read more
The line-up for Golden Link's 2016 Turtle Hill Folk Festival – now celebrating 45 years! – is complete. In addition to evening concerts by David Wilcox (pictured), April Verch Band, Gathering Time, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, and Robert Jones & Matt Watroba, there will be daytime appearances by Bob Zentz (with his Ramblin’ Road Show and Homemade Hootenanny) and Mara Levine. The Festival takes place September 9, 10 & 11, 2016 at the Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush.
Now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans, David Wilcox holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, and a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions, all tempered by a quick and wry wit. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings. “He combines the best of both pop and modern folk aesthetics,” says the Boston Globe.Read more
It all started with a simple question: “How are you getting to Chicago?” And with that, folk musicians John Roberts and Debra Cowan decided to team up for a series of small concerts before arriving as separately booked artists at an annual festival. The combination of car-pool and mini-tour was successful enough that John and Debra have continued to perform together.
At their concerts, you might hear sea shanties or a broadside ballad, pub tunes or a love song with a feminist twist, a ripping good yarn or a laugh-out-loud funny story. John has been a guest on one of Debra’s albums, and they have now released an album together, Ballads Long & Short.
In advance of their Golden Link concert on Saturday, May 14, I interviewed Debra to find out more about their musical journey.
Q: When did you and John first meet?Read more
Brooks Williams is really the proverbial triple threat: a fiery guitarist, a smooth-as-silk vocalist, and a stunning songwriter. He has been ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, and was nominated best male vocalist by the UK folk roots website Spiral Earth in 2014. He plays a Golden Link concert as part of his spring U.S. tour on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church in Penfield.
Originally from Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks spent many years in New England (which is where I first saw him), before moving to England. His music is hard to categorize. It’s primarily blues and Americana, but there’s a bit of jazz and rockabilly thrown in for good measure. And he writes amazing songs, so he can also be considered a singer-songwriter. As his press bio says, imagine Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, Lonnie Johnson, and Blind Boy Fuller sitting in a bar having a jam, and you’re almost there.Read more
Golden Link’s upcoming March Music Madness concert (Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm, Rochester Christian Reformed Church, Penfield) is like a mini-festival to help beat the midwinter blues. It’s designed to showcase great local performers and give folks a chance to socialize and make music together.
The evening features the beautiful sounds and irresistible grooves of acoustic “BluesGrass” quartet The Crawdiddies (pictured), as well as the American folk trio The Brothers Blue, who were named audience favorite at Golden Link’s “New Voices” Emerging Artists Showcase in September 2015.
To add to the “madness,” there will be a sing-around/jam session (open to all ages) hosted by Dean Santos starting at 5 pm, followed by a chili supper from 6–7 pm. Jamming will continue through the supper hour. Bring your friends, family, voices, and instruments and join in the fun!Read more
Named for a Northeast woodland flower, the New England acoustic trio Low Lily has put down roots in their exploration of different branches of American folk music, from Celtic and bluegrass to Appalachian, popular music, and their own compositions. Low Lily performs on the Golden Link concert series on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 pm. “A band definitely on the up. Sweet harmonies ... tight arrangements ... divine.” (Fatea, U.K.).Read more
One of the CDs in my car right now is something I picked up at September’s Turtle Hill Folk Festival. It’s called “Golden Ring” and was released in 1964 by Folk-Legacy Records. According to a note on the Folk-Legacy website, “the ‘Golden Ring’ has never been an established group of specific individuals; it has always been more a concept, an approach to informal, non-competitive music-making by a gathering of friends, often solo performers in their own right, who simply enjoy singing and playing together.”
Inspired by that recording, the Golden Link Folk Singing Society was founded in 1971, with the concept that our local group was like one “link” in a chain of folk musicians who enjoy just making music together. And the club has been operated completely by volunteers since that time.Read more