Golden Link Sponsored Workshops

Workshop.jpgGolden Link sponsors fun and educational workshops to help you hone your skills as a performer, a hobbyist, a singer-songwriter, or just someone who enjoys singing or playing folk music.  Some are presented by Golden Link members, while others share the wisdom and experience of performers from the Golden Link concert series.  You'll enjoy them all!

Workshops are open to all, whether you're a Golden Link member or not. There is usually a minimal fee to defray the cost of the room where the workshop is held.  To keep these events small and personal, attendance is very limited.  Note that workshops are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient interest based on the number of online registrations.

To reserve your spot, please register online by clicking on the workshop of interest below.


  • Tuesday, March 05, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    Embellish Your Irish Repertoire - 3/5


    Registration: $6 (Covers cost of room)

    Aye, you may be able to belt out I’ll Tell Ma or croon The Parting Glass, but do you want to do more with Irish songs?

    Cathy McGrath and Kathleen Cappon will show how to add heart, lilt and life to them, with voice, guitar, penny whistle, bodhrán, spoons, washboard and shakers. McGrath-600.jpgCathy is a founding member of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann Rochester branch and an inductee into the CCE Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast U.S. She performs in the women’s Celtic folk trio Cuisle Mo Chroí and co-hosts Tunes By The Tracks. Kathleen plays with Steppin’ Out String Band and is a longtime member of the Celtic band Innisfree; at sessions Kathleen plays toe-tapping tunes on the button accordion.

    cappon.jpgBring your voice and instrument(s). After the workshop attend the second part of the usual Tuesday evening sing-around to try out what you’ve learned.

    Workshop seats are limited and registration is online only. Send your questions to our Education Coordinator. Please note this is a First Tuesday workshop.

    Note: Ticket Sales will end on Sunday, March 3rd.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    The Child Ballads - 4/9


    Registration: $6 (Covers cost of room)

    Come learn about these songs that are an important part of American and British folk traditions in a workshop led by Mitzie Collins.

    It will include some singing and sharing of ways to learn those intriguing Child Ballads. “By the way,” she warns, “these are songs that are NOT for children!”  Cover_of_Francis_James_Child's_''English_and_Scottish_Popular_Ballads''.jpgThese are ballads that were collected and anthologized by Francis James Child.

    Mitzie-Collins-2.jpgMitzie is a proud "Founding Mother" of Golden Link and loves to participate in group singing.  With her husband, Tom Bohrer, she founded Sampler Records Ltd., which produced many titles of acoustic folk music.  "We are slowing down on the sales of recordings," says Mitzie, "but I'm not slowing down at all in making music.” She teaches hammered dulcimer through the Eastman Community Music School, regularly serves as a substitute organist at churches throughout the region, and performs at many community events.

    (It would be tragic to miss this workshop.) Registration is online only so sign up soon to reserve your spot! After the workshop, attend the second part of the Tuesday singaround and share what you’ve learned!

    Note: Ticket Sales will end on Sunday, April 7.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •