Niki Roosa and David Russel
- Since she began piano lessons at the age of five, music has always been a major part of Niki Roosa’s life. She discovered folk music at local college hootenanny events during the sixties. Marriage and building a family derailed much of her music until about 2010, When she became a part of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society. One sing-around changed everything and she has been vigorously pursuing her passion ever since. Until Covid, Niki sang regularly at a local nursing home, in a group called “Looking Up.” She was also a member of the “Lake Effect Community Chorale” in Williamson NY until Covid ended that as well. Niki founded a group of Golden Link member women, called “Tuesdays with Harry” and performed locally with Susan Barnes until Covid again reared its ugly head!! Singing harmony is Niki’s passion, and she is never happier than when she plays guitar and sings with others. So when David Russell suggested that their voices might blend well, she accepted the invitation to sing together, and the rest, as they say, is history!
- David's first guitar arrived when he turned 16, but he didn't actually practice for 43 years. A Golden Link member since 2009, David played his first 5th Tuesday concert two years later to rave reviews. For several years David gigged with Thomas "Tommy Two String" Alexander and hammer dulcimer group Nightingael. David's vocals have been likened to that of Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Roger Whittaker, and Burl Ives. His contemplative performances include poetry of the sea and songs of love, humor, and tragedy. He is grateful to have found solid musical partners in Niki "Golden Voice" Roosa and "Kooch," his autoharp. He is currently lead singer for the String Chicken Trio and can be seen in videos on his Facebook page, clowning around with his BFF, luthier, and master showman, Nic Hambas.