PRINCETON — Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Princeton Coffeehouse. In his last Coffeehouse appearance in 2004, he played to a packed house.
Rogers’ musical career began in 1973, when he started touring with his brother, Stan Rogers, popular for his songs in a traditional Canadian Maritime style. For 10 years, Garnet served as arranger and producer, and accompanied his brother on guitar, violin, and flute. Following Stan’s untimely death in 1983, Garnet continued performing, primarily as a solo artist. He has also collaborated with fellow Canadians Doug McArthur and Doug Long, and with Scottish folk musician Archie Fisher. In 2003, he released a live album recorded with Greg Brown, Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzmann. He has released 11 solo albums.
The Boston Globe has called Garnet Rogers “one of the major talents of our time.” His last live album, “Get A Witness,” was named by The Globe as one of the Top Ten Folk CD’s of 2007. In live performances, Rogers customarily plays three vintage Gibson acoustic guitars, a National guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, and occasionally a Hammertone Octave 12. His songs tend to be somewhat less traditional than those he played with his brother, drawing from folk, rock, and blues influences.
In 2000, Rogers was the winner of the Helen Verger Award, given annually to an artist who has made valuable contributions to Canadian folk music. Other winners have included Sylvia Tyson, Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
Rogers lives with his wife on a farm near Hamilton, Ontario. In the past several years, he has limited his recording and touring in order to care for his ailing parents.
Rogers encourages concert-goers to bring donations of canned goods or non-perishable food items, which will be given to the Bureau County Food Pantry. Sponsors of the April show are Steve and Laurie Bonucci.
The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St. in downtown Princeton. Admission is $12 at the door. The venue is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.
For more information on the Princeton Coffeehouse, which offers traditional and modern folk, blues, and bluegrass music, visit theprincetoncoffeehouse.com, the Coffeehouse Facebook page or call 815-872-6501.