Folkzone, The Ottawa International Writers Festival,
The Ottawa Grassroots Festival and Perfect Books
… two events featuring …
Garnet Rogers and Lynne Hanson
***Event 1: Afternoon BOOK LAUNCH ***
Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 pm
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. at Bank
Readings and music from two new books…
“Night Drive: Travels with My Brother” by Garnet Rogers
“friday haiku” by Lynne Hanson
***Event 2: Evening Concert ***
Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 pm
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. at Bank
Advance Tickets Online (Eventbrite): $25 + s/c
(Doors open at 2:30)
Garnet Rogers – Short Bio
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”, heis known for his smooth, dark baritone voice, his thoughtful, dramatic delivery, and his consummate guitar skills. Garnet’s passionate, cinematic songs give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart. He refers to himself as “an optimist at heart”, singing about the small victories of everyday life and people who are not obvious heroes.
Lynne Hanson – Short Bio
It’s roots music, “rough-around-the-edges” folk. Lynne Hanson’s songs are like a favourite pair of jeans – faded and worn through in spots, with some honestly-acquired grit ground into the seams. Lynne has won the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award and was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. She has toured Canada, the US, Europe and the UK, both on her own and in support of Grammy-nominated songwriters Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert. She has also toured with Grammy Award-winning guitar legend Albert Lee, who says: “Lynne is a fine composer of interesting songs and performs them very well. She’s always welcome on any of my shows.” The Penguin Eggs Magazine jury placed Lynne’s “River of Sand” album – produced by Lynn Miles – in their Top 10 for 2015. Her upcoming Scott Nolan-produced album, “Uneven Ground”, will be released in 2017. An author as well as a songwriter, Lynne recently published “friday haiku”, a delightful book of her poems and photos.
“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 Magazine
“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 older brother, Stan. Two years later, Garnet was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon started teaching himself to play flute, violin and guitar.
At age 18, Garnet was on the road as a full-time working musician with Stan. Together, they formed what is considered one of the most influential duos in the history of North American folk music. Garnet and Stan toured and recorded together from 1973 to 1983, when Stan died in a plane crash.
Since that time, Garnet has established himself as a formidable solo artist. With a smooth, dark baritone voice, an extensive vocal range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is one of the finest singers anywhere. Backed by his consummate guitar skills, his songs are literate, passionate, sensitive and purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs give expression to the unspoken language of the heart. In performance situations, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit move his audiences from tears to laughter and back again.
Garnet has been featured on Much Music, Mountain Stage, All Things Considered and many other television and radio programs. He has headlined numerous festivals – including the Ottawa Grassroots Festival – and has been featured at prestigious venues such as Wolf Trap, The Lincoln Center and Art Park.
“Night Drive”, Garnet’s new 735-page book about his travels with brother Stan, was published by Tickle Shore Publishing (2016).
- 2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award
- 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
- 2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
- 2008 Mountain Stage New Song Regional Finalist
- 2006 OCFF “Songs from the Heart” Blues Award
Lynne grew up in Ottawa and starting playing guitar when she was 14, learning on a hand-me-down from her older brother. She released her award-winning debut album – “Things I Miss” – in 2006, and more albums followed: “Eleven Months” (2008) and “Once the Sun Goes Down” (2010). Each new release garnered critical praise, earning her a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2009, an invitation to the Kerrville Folk Festival as a New Folk Finalist, and the prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council. “River Of Sand” (2015) was produced by Juno-winning singer-songwriter Lynn Miles. “The songs on this record are honest and fearless,” says Miles. The 11 songs paint a candid canvas of whiskey-soaked heartbreak and personal struggle, contrasted with the hope that better times are ahead.
Lynne has toured toured Canada, the US, Europe and the UK. Her live performances are polished and highly engaging, whether playing solo or with her band, The Good Intentions. Lynne has toured in support of Grammy-nominated songwriters Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert, as well as Grammy Award-winning guitar legend Albert Lee, who says, “She is a fine composer of interesting songs and performs them very well. She’s always welcome on any of my shows.”
The Penguin Eggs jury placed Lynne’s “River of Sand” album, produced by Juno winner Lynn Miles, in the Top 10 for 2015. Her latest album, entitled “Uneven Ground”, was produced by Scott Nolan and will be released in 2017.