Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers
She has traveled prairie backroads to visit modest community centres and sold out concert halls in major cities. From Beijing to New Delhi to Saskatoon to Washington, Connie has triumphed with her mix of song and humour honed in pacing and tone by the many years she spent performing.
Her song Wood River was chosen by Canadian Geographic as one of Canadas finest songs. She is the only songwriter to win the Western Literary Association award of merit, She was made a member of the order of Canada, the highest civilian award in her country. She is moving, memorable and irreverent as heck.
When schedules allow she tours with her two talented sons who each front bands of their own proving the fruit never falls far from the tree.
A brilliant songwriter. One of the major talents of our time. The Boston Globe
The greatest interpreter and vocalist performing in the contemporary folk scene. Sing Out
I have found strength and comfort in his songs. This is good and rich and big music. Welcome one and all. Come on in. Get down. Greg Brown
Born in Hamilton, Ontario 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, the late folk legend Stan Rogers. Two years later, Garnet 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.
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 courageously established himself as a formidable solo artist. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "...charismatic performer and singer one of the major talents of our time, they continue by saying that "Garnets vocal and instrumental talents are complimented by an undeniably powerful physical presence close to six and a half feet tall with the lungs to match. With his "smooth, dark baritone" (Washington Post) his incredible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. 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 humor 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.
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