Nathan Rogers, son of the legendary Stan Rogers, will perform the music of his father on an upcoming Arts and Culture Centre (ACC) tour beginning in Labrador West on May 9 at 8:00 p.m.
The tour titled “Nathan Sings Stan, The Rogers Legacy Continues” is a rare opportunity for both Nathan and Stan fans. Nathan will tour as a duo with fiddle player Rosie Mackenzie from The Cottars.
“I love playing in NL,” Rogers said. “I did a short tour there in 2000, another one about two years ago and they were both a huge pile of fun. The last time I was there it rained and rained, but it was still beautiful and the people were warm and inviting.”
Nathan grew up in an extremely musical family. He is son of Stan and nephew of folksinger Garnet Rogers, but certainly became established in his own rite. His most recent album, “the Gauntlet” is available on Borealis Records and has been met with very positive reviews.
Stan Rogers last toured the ACCs in the spring 1983, just a few months before his death. Nathan said he is looking forward to singing his father’s music on this tour as he feels it will be exciting and gratifying on a number of levels.
“This music has been such an integral part of my life,” Rogers said. “I have listened to it for so long and played it in public for years. It’s fantastic music that has become part of the Canadian cultural experience.”
ACC tour dates for “Nathan Sings Stan, The Rogers Legacy Continues” are as follows: May 9 – Lab West ACC, May 12 – Corner Brook ACC, May 15 – Stephenville ACC, May 16 – Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts (ACC Grand Falls-Windsor) May 18 – Joseph R. Smallwood ACC (Gander). All tickets for the Nathan Rogers ACC shows are $20 (HST and service charge included). Tickets can be purchased by calling Centre box offices or online at artsandculturecentre.com. Other NL tour dates for this show include: May 7-St. John’s, George Street United Church, May 8- Burin, Fr. Joe Barton Social Centre, May 10- Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre, May 17 –Clarenville Events Centre and May 19-20 Gros Morne , Trails Tales and Tunes Festival.For more information about Nathan visit nathanrogers.ca.
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Nathan Rogers Bio
Some say he was born into it, some that he was born with it, while others claim he has earned it. With one foot planted firmly in folk music’s traditional roots and the other reaching into its dynamic future, Nathan Rogers isn’t entirely sure what ‘it’ is; singer, songwriter, guitarist, throat-chanter, percussionist, revivalist, or innovator. Whatever it may be, “Nathan has the ability to turn the folk world on its ears.”
Like many, it all started at home but what a unique home it was. Nathan’s first experience picking up the guitar was an attempt to copy the challenging riffs his brother David created after studying with celebrated virtuosos Don Ross and Preston Reed. His sister Beth demanded perfection in all vocals as any self-exacting classical voice teacher would, while his mother initiated him into the business side of the music industry. His father and uncle informed both his writing style and an ethos of Canadian people that shines in his lyrics.
While others were hiding their braces behind their hands, Nathan was already up high on stages of all sorts. In winter, he traveled with and won solo vocal awards as part of the Appleby Boys Choir. Summers were saved for his first love – appearances at folk festivals and the opportunity to meet, perform with and learn from outstanding musicians. Before he even had an album in hand, Nathan’s reputed vocal ability had him singing on stage with such notables as JP Cormier, The Oysterband, Spirit of the West, John Cameron, Connie Caldor and James Keelaghan.
With a degree in comparative religion, an award winning voice and two prized Laskin guitars under his belt, Nathan founded his own record label, Halfway Cove Music. In 2005 he finally released his debut album, True Stories. Produced by Rick Fenton (former AD of Winnipeg Folk Festival), distributed by Festival and studded with such outstanding roots musicians as Nikki Mehta, JP Cormier, and Murray Pulver, True Stories was met with critical acclaim both at home and abroad. If multiple encores at every show are any indication, Canadian audiences coast-to-coast seem to like it too.
Nathan has recently become an adept throat singer, specializing in the Tuvan and Mongolian styles. A cultural tour-de-force in his own right, Nathan now brings a uniquely eastern falvour to a western tradition.
Nathan’s new album, “the Gauntlet” is available on Borealis Records. Please visit www.borealisrecords.com