I’m very excited to be bringing Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb to Rochester for a Golden Link concert, coming up on Saturday, January 21. These two amazing guitarists have opened for Tommy Emmanuel several times in Rochester, but this is their first Golden Link appearance. In addition to world-class guitar playing, their concerts feature Loren’s superb lead vocals and beautiful harmonies from Mark.
Influenced by Americana, jazz, country & western, and classical music, the duo’s unique style of guitar playing is largely built on the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Since first performing together at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in 2010, Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb have toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, and Mark’s homeland, New Zealand. Based in the Syracuse area, they have three albums, which have all won SAMMYs (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album.Read more
We are incredibly lucky here in Rochester to have such a rich musical community, and especially Golden Link. I noticed it as soon as I moved here in 2002 – Golden Link folks just really enjoy getting together to make music and have nurtured a wonderful, welcoming space to share songs and stories.
As Allen Hopkins wrote in a Golden Link blog in December 2014, “Woody Guthrie’s Almanac Singers collective called their New York City rent parties ‘hootenannies,’ and the idea of an informal musical get-together – part jam session, part sing-around – really took hold during the Great Folk Scare of the 1960s.”
At the Turtle Hill Folk Festival in September, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Wendy Sassafras Ramsay – aka Pepper & Sassafras – were selected the audience favorite during the New Voices Emerging Artist Showcase. They return to Golden Link for their own full-length concert on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is the grand-prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Musician Patty Larkin says, “Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers’ songs ring true and new. Spot-on work from an American wordsmith.” He teams up with Wendy Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, who adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.Read more
If you had the chance to hear John McCutcheon at the 2015 Turtle Hill Folk Festival, you know that we are in for a real treat when he returns to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm.
Called folk music’s Renaissance man, 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.Read more
A 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 – and you’ll also hear some original compositions and maybe even some early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and country. They consider it all “roots” music, and it’s also music with a message of mutual respect, social change, and diversity.
Jones & Watroba will kick off Golden Link's 45th Annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival on Friday evening, September 9, followed by concerts by folk-rock harmony trio Gathering Time and fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch with her band. On Saturday night, September 10, the bluegrass band Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys takes the stage, followed by a double set by singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist David Wilcox. Most of the featured performers take the stage again on Sunday, September 11 at 2 pm for the grand finale.Read more
Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She grew up surrounded by living, breathing roots music in Canada’s Ottawa Valley, listening to her father’s country band and lively music at church and community dances, as well as playing tunes to win fiddle competitions.
Today, Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning fiddle playing engage contemporary listeners with her fresh and feisty approach to traditional music. April Verch returns to the 45th Annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival with her trio for a concert Friday night, September 9, and workshops on Saturday morning, September 10.Read more
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