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
Fresh from their win at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards (both Ensemble of the Year and English Songwriter), The LYNNeS – Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson – come to Rochester for their first Golden Link concert on Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 pm.
These two Canadian musicians fuse tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics. Also known for their humor, the two witty songwriters play off each other live, often leaving the audience howling with laughter 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.
“A bunch of powerful songs, two exceptional and complementary voices, some interesting twists on the arrangements … and a great rapport with the audience between songs. Stack all of that up and you have a pretty memorable night.” – MusicRiot (UK)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
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