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Golden Link’s 49th Annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival Goes Virtual on September 11, 12, and 13, 2020

David Townsend | Published on 9/1/2020

Golden Link Folk Singing Society

P.O. Box 92398

Rochester, NY 14692



August 18, 2020

Media contact: David Townsend (not for publication) 585-467-8690

Interviews with Golden Link members or featured performers can be arranged.


Golden Links 49th Annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival

Goes Virtual on September 11, 12, and 13, 2020


Annual Golden Link event with All Concerts Online

Post-Concert Zoom Reception with Performers Each Day

Tip Jar Donations to Support the Performers!

No Festival Entry Fee.



Rochester, N.Y.—Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 49th Annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival, presented by the Golden Link Folk Singing Society on September 11, 12, and 13, 2020 has moved to an online format. The Festival will feature two online concerts each day, followed by a post-concert Zoom reception with that day’s artists. The line-up is Cosy Sheridan and Pete’s Posse (Friday), Brendan Taaffe and Magpie (Saturday), and Jack Williams and The Cadleys (Sunday). Links to the performances will be available in the near future at A collectible souvenir t-shirt is available in the online Golden Link store. This year's virtual Turtle Hill Folk Festival will also be broadcast on Folk Music Notebook, a 24/7 streaming internet radio station presenting the finest folk.


Friday, September 11, 7:00–10:15 pmConcert features (in performance order):


Cosy Sheridan & Charlie Koch: Cosy Sheridan first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The Boston Globe wrote: “she is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.” She has been on the road ever since, playing clubs, concert halls, and coffeehouses across the country. She continues to be one of the most prolific songwriters in the folk scene. Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, she plays a percussive bluesy guitar style, often in open tunings and occasionally with two capos on the guitar neck. She teaches classes in songwriting, performance, and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country, and is the director of Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.


Pete’s Posse: Based in Vermont and composed of Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, and Tristan Henderson, Pete's Posse never fails to surprise and excite. Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse’s sonic landscape. With a steady flow of powerful uplifting energy, they tap into many traditions to distill a distinct sound that is completely their own. For more than four years they’ve been bringing their brand of ‘Neo-Traditional Folk’ to festival stages, dance halls, and concert series across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.



Saturday, September 12, 7:00–10:15 pmConcert features (in performance order):


Brendan Taaffe: Deeply versed in Irish and American traditions, Brendan Taaffe has found a truly distinctive voice, blending old-time ballads with traditional Zimbabwean rhythms. The ripple of the mbira, an instrument more than a thousand years old, and Taaffe’s lush tenor casts old songs in a new light, creating “the kind of hushed, lonely warmth you experience sitting by a fire in a drafty house.” A multi-instrumentalist on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mbira, Brendan has toured with many different groups, including nationally acclaimed dance band Magic Foot and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. In addition to performing solo, he currently directs The Bright Wings Chorus, a vocal ensemble, and is the front man of The New Line, a band that blends mbira with banjo, electric guitar, and percussion, creating a bridge between American and African traditions. Originally from Minnesota, Brendan now lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, and tours regularly throughout the U.S. and Europe.


Magpie: With a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner as Magpie have traveled the globe, bringing their unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. From traditional songs to vintage blues, swing and country to folk classics to contemporary and stirring original compositions, they cover a lot of musical ground. With their powerful voices and harmonies and their excellent instrumental arrangements on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, dulcimer, and concertina, their sound is much bigger than just two people. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians, and social activists, Terry and Greg always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.



Sunday, September 13, 3:00–6:15 pmConcert features (in performance order):


Jack Williams: The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, was shaped by a 60+-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical, and the popular music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today’s “folk” circuit – “ of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I’ve ever encountered,” said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer’s Grove, IL. Jack is considered a “musician’s musician,” an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago’s The Midnight Special said, “His artistry is nothing short of amazing.” Vic Heyman, in Sing Out!, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”


The Cadleys: Following in the tradition of great male-female duets like George Jones with Tammy Wynette and Emmylou Harris with Gram Parsons, John and Cathy Cadley show how two voices blended in seamless harmony can produce one powerful sound. From traditional mountain ballads and bluegrass classics to knockout original songs, The Cadleys deliver great singing, solid musicianship, and entertaining rapport. Based in Syracuse, the band also includes bassist John Dancks and virtuoso Perry Cleaveland on mandolin and vocals.


Publicity Photos of each performer can be found at:


Tickets: There is no entry fee. Tip Jar Donations can be made online to support the performers.


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 Listing


Virtual Turtle Hill Folk Festival

Online Performances

Friday, September 11, 2020

Cosy Sheridan and Charlie Koch 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Pete’s Posse 8:15 to 9:15 pm

Zoom Reception with the performers from 9:30 to 10:15 pm


Saturday, September 12, 2020 

Brendan Taaffe 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Magpie 8:00 to 9:15 pm

Zoom Reception with the performers from 9:30 to 10:15 pm


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Jack Williams 3:00 to 4:00 pm

The Cadleys 4:15 to 5:15 pm

Zoom Reception with the performers from 5:30 to 6:15 pm