Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew Byrne has developed a repertoire that is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage – weaving a great story with a beautiful melody. Established as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices, Matthew Byrne comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.
Matthew’s music has traveled well beyond those rugged shores since his 2010 debut, Ballads. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. I first heard him at the Old Songs Festival, where he kept the mainstage audience enthralled with his powerful vocals and polished guitar work. His second album, Hearts & Heroes, received Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
His most recent album, Horizon Lines, explores songs from both sides of the Atlantic. The album features an original ballad by Byrne called “Adelaide,” penned after discovering a fascinating family connection to a beautiful love story – “a traditional song just waiting to be written,” as he describes it.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
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
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
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
In May, Golden Link finishes our 45th year of existence – just for Tuesday evening sing-arounds that’s about 5,400 hours of music, roughly 81,000 songs. Quite remarkable!
Responses to a recent survey repeatedly mentioned two things about the club that have played a role in its longevity: music and community.Read more