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, April 09, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    The Child Ballads - 4/9


    Registration: $6 (Covers cost of room)

    Not children's ballads! 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. •

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    LaMay & Reese Duo Workshop - 5/14


    Registration:  $6 (Covers cost of room)

    Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese have been performing for 21 years as a duo. In this workshop, they will take you through how that began and how it’s working for them now. It will include how they merge styles; how they find, write and arrange songs; how they book gigs; and more.

    LaMayReese_Barn_500px.jpgJoe was president of Golden Link in the early ‘90s and met Sherri in 1998 at a Tuesday evening Golden Link sing-around. Merging Sherri’s bluegrass background and Joe’s folk music background has defined their sound and shaped their songs.

    They moved to Somerset, KY, in 2004, and in the Golden Link tradition they are active in their local music scene and host a number of community events. The couple has made eight recordings.

    All are welcome to attend this workshop. Bring your questions and ask away! After the workshop, attend the second part of the Tuesday sing-around with Joe and Sherri.

    Workshop seats are limited so be sure to register online only by Sunday, May 12.  For questions, contact our Education Coordinator.

    • This is an alcohol and smoke free event. •