ALBERTON – West Prince music lovers are in for a treat this weekend, as Garnet Rogers, brother of the late folk legend Stan Rogers, will bring his contemporary folk music to Alberton Sunday.
Born in Hamilton, Ont., to parents of Nova Scotian descent, Garnet Rogers spent many hours in front of the old floor model radio listening to Grand Ol' Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother. Two years later, Garnet was playing the definitive eight-year-old's version of "Desolation Row" on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar.
At 18, Garnet was on the road as a full-time working musician with brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential duos in the history of North American folk music.
Garnet acted as producer and arranger for his older brother from 1973 to 1983, when Stan died tragically in a plane crash.
Since then, Garnet has established himself as a formidable solo artist. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful, states a review from the Washington Post.
“Cinematic in detail, his songs give expression to the unspoken language of the heart. An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small everyday victories. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit move his audiences from tears to laughter and back again.”
Rogers has been the featured performer on numerous television and radio programs including “Much Music,” “Mountain Stage,” and “All Things Considered.” He has been a headliner at concert venues and festivals such as Wolf Trap, Lincoln Center, and Art Park; sharing the stage with performers such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Bragg, Bill Monroe, Ferron, Greg Brown, and Guy Clark.
Though Garnet has enjoyed much popularity over the years, he remains resolutely independent, turning down offers from major labels to ensure that he continues doing music his own way.
On Sunday, Aug. 30, Rogers will perform at the Albert & Crown Pub & Eatery in Alberton as part of the venue’s Sunday Singer-Songwriters Series. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 + HST and available by calling 902-853-0000.