Influential North American folk musician Garnet Rogers will be performing two sets of the music that has defined his career thus far at the West End Cultural Centre on Sunday May 27th.
In a darkened bedroom, lit only be the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged 6 and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol’ Opry, and practiced their harmonies. Two years later, the youngest one was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar.
Within ten years, and barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers was on the road as a full- time working musician with his older brother Stan Rogers. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.
Since then, Garnet Rogers has established himself as ‘One of the major talents of our time”. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”. With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs “give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart” (Kitchener Waterloo Record). An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.
Resolutely independent, Garnet Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way.
Among the most significant folk stars working today. – Boston Globe
An Evening with Garnet Rogers
Sunday May 27th, 2012 @ The West End Cultural Centre
Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $20 advance | $25 door
Tickets available now.
Available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, and Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store