Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee
Long ago I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me
Can you hear that tune in your head? Michael P. Smith’s song “The Dutchman” is considered a classic in the folk community, recorded by Steve Goodman, Liam Clancy, and Tommy Makem, among many others. I still remember the first time I heard it, at a concert by the Clancy Brothers many years ago at a theatre in Vermont; such a poignant song that it brought tears to my eyes.
Smith performs at Golden Link on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 pm. Considered a master of the story song, he brings to life characters like Margaret and her Dutchman, the riverboat gamblers in “Spoon River,” schoolteacher Sister Clarissa, and the beautiful princess and the talking frog (not all his songs are serious; some are hilarious).Read more
Take refuge from the winter chill with great music and a hot meal at the next Golden Link concert on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 pm. “North by Crooked North” features the lively, modern bluegrass strains of the band The Crooked North and contemporary folk and Celtic music from Dave North.
Sort of a mini-festival, the evening will include a sing-around/jam session starting at 5:00 pm and a chili supper from 6:00–7:00 pm before the concert. You can purchase tickets for the $5 chili supper on the website along with your concert tickets. There will be meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, served with bread, salad, and a brownie. Come early to join in the fun!Read more
“I was born in the path of the winter wind and raised where the mountains are old ...” These opening lines to a Bill Staines song promise to introduce you to an intriguing main character, but as the song goes on, you realize that he’s writing from the perspective of the river itself. He’s also talking about memories, the changing of the seasons, and the passage of time.
“River” is one of the songs you’re likely to hear when Bill Staines comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
A profound respect for nature is in all of Staines’ songs, and his lyrics convey a real sense of place. You feel as if you have joined him on an adventure along a dusty highway, traveling far up into the mountains where you might find an antique shop full of treasures, or meet someone with a special story to tell.Read more
Ithaca-based songwriter and guitarist Joe Crookston is a master storyteller. At one of his concerts, you might hear about rattlesnake tails, dark highways, Galway heather, good luck, meter maids, or drunk roosters. His songs are universal, his rhythm is infectious; he can be funny one moment and transcendent the next. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.
Crookston comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church in Penfield.
Whether he’s picking his ‘48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs, or looping his fiddle, Crookston will draw you in. If you love a moving song and musical madness, you will find that he delivers it all: melodies, lyrics, energy, and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.Read more
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
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
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