Golden Link features a true-north double bill Saturday: Celtic musician Dave North and bluegrassers Crooked North

Digging into the regional A&E mailbag again for a small sampling of a large helping of local events:

'North'-ern lights

So there's this English musician named Dave North, who for more than three decades has been playing Celtic folk music around and about upstate New York, both solo and with his Dave North Trio, among other configurations. He plays traditional ballads, sea songs, comic ditties, English music-hall repertoire, and the stray contemporary tune from the likes of Christy Moore or Van Morrison.

And then there's this Americana string band called The Crooked North, bringing together some of western New York's top bluegrassers: Jon Itkin on guitar; Ben Proctor, banjo and dobro; Rita Proctor, vocals; and Jordan Kleiman, bass. They've made a name for themselves locally, regionally and statewide with their high-energy take on modern bluegrass, playing Rochester's jazz and Fringe festivals among many others.

It just makes sense to bring them together. Up for an evening of, all apologies to the Dream Academy, life in a 'North'-ern town? Golden Link will present "North by Crooked North," a double bill featuring the two acts, Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Golden Link's usual concert venue, Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield. You can join in the musical fun yourself by coming early — with voices and instruments, if you've got them — for a sing-around/jam session starting at 5 p.m. (There's also a chili supper from 6 to 7 p.m., featuring both meat and veggie varieties.)

Tickets are $20 ($22 at door), $15 for Golden Link members ($17 at door), $10 for students, and free for children 12 and younger. Order them in advance at (The chili supper tickets are $5, online or at the door.) Tickets for just the concert can also be found at Bop Shop, 1460 Monroe Ave., Brighton.

Next up on Golden Link's schedule is an evening with Judy Collins, at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in Hochstein Performance Hall.

Boost the Geneva Music Festival

It may be a month out, but it's not too early to reserve your tickets for some world-class music — plus an auction of Finger Lakes gifts and experiences — as part of the Geneva Music Festival's annual benefit.

The benefit is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Gearan Center for Performing Arts at Hobart and William Smith College, and features violinist Geoffrey Hurd (the festival director), cellist Hannah Collins and pianist Zahari Metchkov. They will perform Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Caroline Shaw’s In Manus Tuas for solo cello, Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio and Brahms Piano Trio in C minor. There will be food (including desserts) and Hermann J. Wiemer wine, plus the silent auction.

Tickets are $65 and available at For questions, or to buy tickests offline, call Fran Herd at 315-326-1951 or email

The Geneva Music Festival's 2019 season — set for May 24 through June 16 — will have a focus on women's contributions to music, including a concert devoted to the music of Clara Schumann, a "Women Across the Ages" concert, and one featuring the music of Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and more. The festival includes chamber music, jazz, bluegrass and more. Find the full schedule at

No instruments required

Cobblestone Arts Center will host the University of Rochester YellowJackets along with fellow a cappella groups Vocal Point, Upgrayed and the Seneca Soundwaves for Cobblestone's second annual A Cappella Night. It's this Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the arts center, 1622 Route 332, Farmington, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. (There's also a wine tasting and Green Front-catered hors d'oeuvres starting at 6 p.m.)

The YellowJackets are an all-male a cappella group based at the University of Rochester and comprised of students from UR's River Campus and Eastman School of Music. The group, a tradition for more than 60 years, performs on campus, around the Rochester area and throughout the Northeast — and in 2011 that iteration of the group competed on NBC's "The Sing Off."

Tickets sold out last time around, so order them now at 585-398-0220 or