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Bringing folk music and people together for over 45 years!
Golden Link Folk Singing Society


About Golden Link Folk Singing Society

The Golden Link Folk Singing Society has been the driving force behind bringing excellent folk, roots, blues, bluegrass, and other acoustic-oriented music to the Rochester, NY area for more than 45 years. Join us on Tuesday nights for an informal sing-around, attend one of our monthly Concerts or musicians' Workshops, or experience our weekend-long annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival. Either way, you'll leave with your toes tappin' and a song in your heart!

Our events are open to the public, but Members of Golden Link enjoy event discounts, monthly newsletters, and library access. To contact one of our volunteer staff via phone, US Mail, or email please visit our Contact Us page.

Our Mission

Founded in 1971, the Golden Link Folk Singing Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving folk music in the Rochester area. Golden Link is a volunteer-operated and member-supported 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts, cultural, and educational organization.
Weekly Sing-arounds

Golden Link operates one of the longest-running folk music sing-arounds in the US! Join us every Tuesday, 7:30-10:00 pm at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church. Bring your voice, an instrument, or just come and listen. For more details and directions, Click Here.

From September to May we present monthly concerts, bringing in regional and national talent in a wide variety of folk-related genres such as bluegrass, Americana, roots, blues, singer-songwriter, traditional, etc. See our Concerts Page for details on upcoming concerts, or to purchase tickets online.
Turtle Hill Logo GoldTurtle Hill Folk Festival

Immerse yourself in a weekend of music and dance every September. Enjoy interacting with national and local performers at concerts, workshops, and informal jam sessions. Since 1973, the Turtle Hill Folk Festival has been a centerpiece of folk music entertainment each summer. For full details, visit our Festival Page.
Community Events

Golden Link provides performers at a variety of events in the community like the Park Avenue Festival, the Brockport Arts Festival and the Adirondack Expo.  A members’ showcase concert is held four times per year, and a Performers’ List is available to the community. 
Educational Workshops

Workshops are offered for a nominal fee on topics such as Improving Your Guitar Technique, Learn To Play Harmonica, and History Through Folk Songs. Depending on the topic, these may be provided by Concert musicians, Folk Festival performers, or some of our talented Golden Link Members. Browse the upcoming workshops on our Workshop Page.

Allen Hopkins, one of the founding members of Golden Link, has provided a written history of our organization's early years.  For details on how the club got started, the changes it went through, and who were involved, visit our History Page