‘Charismatic performer’ returning to Comox Valley

In a darkened bedroom, lit only be the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged six and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol’ Opry, and practised their harmonies.

TROUBADOUR GARNET ROGERS sings Wednesday at Cumberland United Church.

TROUBADOUR GARNET ROGERS sings Wednesday at Cumberland United Church.

In a darkened bedroom, lit only be the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged six and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol’ Opry, and practised their harmonies.

Two years later, the youngest one 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.

Within 10 years, and barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers was on the road as a full- time working musician with his older brother Stan. Together, they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.

Since then, Garnet has established himself as “one of the major talents of our time.”

Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer,” Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence — close to six and a half feet tall — with a voice 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 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.

The legendary singer-songwriter is returning to Cumberland on Sept. 28 to perform at Cumberland United Church at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance at Bop City Records, Tarbells and online at store@cumberlandvillageworks.com, or $25 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

— Cumberland Village Works