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Maine Folk Troubadour Dave Rowe in Concert
By Janice Hanson
Posted on 4/15/2021 10:40 PM
Maine folk troubadour Dave Rowe comes from a family of musicians. Both of his parents were professional musicians – as were both of his grandfathers. Dave’s late father, Tom Rowe, was a founding member of the internationally acclaimed folk trio Schooner Fare. 

He’s made a name for himself though with music that has deep roots in the song traditions of Ireland and the British Isles and is steeped in the roots music of North America, filtered through Dave’s classical training. His original songs examine subject matter as varied as Dave’s interests, from songs of the sea to historical sketches, from songs of abiding love to social commentary.

I first heard about Dave Rowe at a NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) conference a few years back, but he recently came to my attention when I heard about his latest project: circumnavigating the eastern continental US by boat on the “Great Loop.” Along the way, he performed to new audiences in rather idyllic places, until COVID-19 hit, and he returned to Maine. 

The musical tour of a lifetime, his adventures aboard his vessel “Stinkpot” were documented in live broadcasts called “Folk on the Water” and aired on the Folk Music Notebook. 

I’m pleased to have Dave join us for an online Golden Link concert – streaming live from his home in Maine – on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 pm. The concert will stream on both Golden Link's Facebook and YouTube pages. There will be a post-concert reception on Zoom, where you can ask Dave questions about his music and his adventures on “Stinkpot.” As with most of our recent concerts, there is no charge to watch the concert, but we ask that you add something to his tip jar if possible.

Find all the details at www.goldenlink.org. To hear Dave singing his song “Keeper of the Light, watch this YouTube video: 


- Janice Hanson, Golden Link Concert Chair