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Golden Link presents folk, Gypsy jazz, and world-beat grooves of Zoë Lewis

 | Published on 11/7/2019

P.O. Box 92398

Rochester, NY 14692

www.goldenlink.org

 

Media contact (not for publication): Dave Townsend, (585) 467-8690

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 1, 2019

 

Golden Link presents folk, Gypsy jazz, and world-beat grooves of Zoë Lewis

 

Rochester, NY – Zoë Lewis is a band in one body! She plays folk originals, Gypsy jazz, jump jive, Latin grooves, vintage swing, and more on ukulele, piano, guitar, washboard, harmonica, and spoons. Her performances are high-energy and fun, full of music and stories. She brings her mix of folk- and jazz-influenced music to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield.

 

Originally from England, Zoë Lewis now resides in Provincetown on Cape Cod, MA, where she performs every summer. She has traveled around the globe to more than 70 countries, picking up world-beat grooves and stories on the way; jumping box cars, riding on freight boats, and has even played music with an elephant orchestra in Thailand. She’s written music for commercials, movies, and two original musicals. She leads a 1920s Speakeasy Night – specializing in Prohibition-era jazz – with her dance band Zoë Lewis and the Bootleggers, which has become a big summertime hit on Cape Cod.

 

Lewis has toured and performed with the Indigo Girls, Pat Benatar, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, and Nanci Griffith, to name a few. She has released eight albums of original material. She was the winner of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Troubadour Award in 2003, New Folk Winner 2002 at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and 2001 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Audience Favorite. In 2013, she was voted Provincetown Woman of the Year.

 

"She stormed the main stage playing everything from swinging folk and Latin jazz to acoustic funk and sprightly Celtic flavoured tunes. Her boundless energy was hard to ignore." - Ottawa Xpress, Canada

 

"A true artist. She is blessed with the uncanny ability to uncover the extraordinary beauty in the seemingly ordinary." - Bay Windows, MA.

 

Golden Link presents this concert with assistance of our Community Partner – ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film & Video Festival.

 

Tickets: $20 ($22 at door); $15 Golden Link members ($17 at door); $10 students; free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available in advance at www.goldenlink.org

 

Tickets also on sale at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Ave, Rochester. No service charge for cash/check at Bop Shop; $1 per ticket if using credit card.

 

Phone or email interviews with the performer(s) can be arranged.

 

For more artist information and photos, visit Zoë Lewis’s website: http://www.zoelewis.com.

 

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.

 

CALENDAR LISTINGS

 

Zoë Lewis

Saturday, November 23, 2019; 7:30 pm

Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield NY 14526

Zoë Lewis is a band in one body! She plays folk originals, Gypsy jazz, jump jive, Latin grooves, vintage swing, and more on ukulele, piano, guitar, washboard, harmonica, and spoons. Her performances are high-energy and fun, full of music and stories.

Tickets: $20 ($22 at door); $15 Golden Link members ($17 at door); $10 students; free for children 12 and under.

 

Brooks Williams

Friday, December 6, 2019; 7:30 pm

Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield NY 14526

At the crossroads of blues and American roots music, you’ll find guitarist and singer/songwriter Brooks Williams. Born in Statesboro, Georgia, and now living in the UK, Williams did his apprenticeship in the small bars and coffeehouses of New York and Boston. There, he developed his signature sound: laid-back vocals floating over Resonator riffs, Piedmont picking, and cigar box slide. Tickets: $20 ($22 at door); $15 Golden Link members ($17 at door); $10 students; free for children 12 and under.

 

The Cadleys and The Brothers Blue

A January Jamboree!

Saturday, January 25, 2020; 7:30 pm

Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield NY 14526

This special double-bill of two regional favorites includes a late afternoon sing-around and a pre-concert dinner. Based in Syracuse, The Cadleys are one of the area’s most entertaining acoustic bands, performing everything from traditional mountain ballads and bluegrass classics to innovative acoustic covers and original songs. Rooted in the fertile tradition of old-time fiddle music, The Brothers Blue grow a sound all their own – offering a hybrid which unites fresh, original songwriting with elements from country, bluegrass, Cajun, and Irish music.

Tickets: $20 ($22 at door); $15 Golden Link members ($17 at door); $10 students; free for children 12 and under.

 

RUNA

Saturday, February 29, 2020; 7:30 pm

Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield NY 14526

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary as a band, Celtic-American “super group” RUNA continues to push the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

Tickets: $23 ($25 at door); $18 Golden Link members ($20 at door); $10 students; free for children 12 and under.

 

Dana & Susan Robinson

Friday, March 13, 2020; 7:30 pm

Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield NY 14526

From Cabot, Vermont, Americana roots and folk duo Dana and Susan Robinson combine vivid

songwriting and storytelling with fiddle tunes, banjo grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing. Drawing upon experiences of more than 20 years of touring, Dana and Susan craft a

performance that conveys the mystery and wonders of their journey. Their unique blend of original songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage, and how it relates to our contemporary lives.

Tickets: $20 ($22 at door); $15 Golden Link members ($17 at door); $10 students; free for children 12 and under.

 

Mary Fahl

Former lead singer of October Project

Saturday, April 25, 2020; 7:30 pm

Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield NY 14526

Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC-based chamber-pop group October Project. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl’s awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. She performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms.”

Tickets: $30 ($32 at door); $25 Golden Link members ($27 at door); $10 students; free for children 12 and under.

 

Bill Staines

Saturday, May 9, 2020; 7:30 pm

Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield NY 14526

For more than 45 years, Bill Staines has been the quintessential folk troubadour, singing his songs at the country’s top festivals, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. Playing 200+ dates a year and driving more than 65,000 miles annually, Staines creates [JH1]music that is a slice of Americana, filled with cowboys, Yukon adventures, fisherman, and everyday working people. He writes lovely, infectious melodies, and his story-filled lyrics recall with compassion and depth the landscapes and characters he’s known.

Tickets: $20 ($22 at door); $15 Golden Link members ($17 at door); $10 students; free for children 12 and under.

 

For more information and tickets to concerts, visit www.goldenlink.org.