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Home County is proud to present this tribute to one of Canada's greatest songwriters, Stan Rogers, for the second year in a row. Last year's presentation was scheduled for one night (May 31st) but it sold out so quickly that we had to add a second night. It also sold out quickly, so this year, we have decided to present two nights of this enormously popular show. This is a fundraising event to support Home County's activities year-round.
Many fans consider Stan Rogers the greatest Canadian folksinger ever, and the loss due to his death in an airline disaster in 1983 is still felt deeply. He left us when he was only 33 but left behind an enormous body of work which chronicles Canadian life from his familial home in the Atlantic Provinces, westward to the oil fields of Alberta and the Rocky Mountains and northward to the Arctic. His well-known song "Northwest Passage" is considered by some to be Canada's second national anthem and was recently released on the legendary American singer-songwriter Judy Collins' new album Winter Stories!
This evening will feature six singers performing selections from Stan's enormous catalogue backed up by an all-star band.
The Singers are:
Ariel was Stan Rogers’ wife. She has overseen the legacy left behind in the wake of his tragic death and is pleased to be taking part in this evening, paying tribute to his music. An actress and a musician in her own right, she has spent many years on stage and behind the wings in countless productions for community theatre in the Hamilton-Wentworth area. She has four very talented children who have brought her much joy, including the gift of four wonderful grand-daughters. Ariel is now married to singer-songwriter Scott Cameron Smith.
Those who love him speak in hushed tones concerning his dark past and shady present. Those who don't love him purchase effigies to burn on special occasions. Nathan owns the company that makes the effigies. He has something of his father's voice and a heaping of his mother's wit, or is it the other way around? Who is Nathan Rogers? Who knows? Who cares? Presumably you, since you're reading this. Throat singing, wise-cracking, occasionally playing an instrument and singing. It's folk music with a fork in your eye. Find his records (True Stories, The Gauntlet) through the Borealis Records website links or by searching iTunes. People say they're good, but he's much more fun live than in the studio.
Beth is very happy, once again, to be performing at Aeolian Hall for this Stan Rogers tribute show. Stan was Beth’s stepfather and she grew up steeped in his music. She has been an avid performer for over 20 years now and has been very involved in the Hamilton-Wentworth and, more recently, Sudbury Musical Theatre scenes. She is always encouraged and supported by her loving husband Roger, and her daughter Violet.
Paul was Stan’s record producer and a close friend. He was also a guitar player on Stan’s albums appearing under the pseudonym of “Curly Boy Stubbs”. He has been a key figure in Canada’s folk music scene for almost 50 years. He produced the national CBC Radio folk music program, “Touch the Earth” with Sylvia Tyson in the late seventies. As a record producer, he has produced over 200 albums with artists such as Stan, Sharon, Lois & Bram and Ron Hynes. He has also been an active performer and a leader in the folk community. He is currently the Board Chair for Home County and has served on several other Boards over the years. In recognition of his work, Paul was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Allison Lupton is an acclaimed singer-songwriter "...with a voice as clear as a country stream." Allison's love of traditional music led her in 1990 to help form the band Killiecrankie which was regularly heard on CBC Radio's legendary Max Ferguson Show. She has since recorded 4 solo CDs and in 2015 was awarded Folk Music Ontario's Songs From Heart Grand Prize for her song "One More Day". Allison has been honoured with nominations by the Canadian Folk Music Awards including most recently (2020) "Traditional Singer of the year".
James Keelaghan is the complete artist. A brilliant tunesmith who is one of the most engaging performers of our time. You always know the journey with James is going to be great, you just never know what all the destinations are. His masterful story telling is the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.
And Here's the Band:
Multi-instrumentalist, and indefatigable, Tom Leighton brings sophisticated colours and novel arrangements to his music that few musicians can match - sometimes playing three instruments at the same time! As a solo recording artist, Tom’s “Leighton Tendencies” and “Leighton Life” are projects starring his own compositions and arrangements “…. featuring the writing skills and musical dexterity of this wonderful musician” (Whole Note Magazine). He has written numerous chorale and stage band arrangements for schools and choirs including Toronto's Amadeus Choir. He has arranged for many Canadian folk artists. Tom is thrilled to be invited, once again, to accompany such talented soloists and revisit Stan's wonderful songs. Many thanks to Paul.
David Woodhead has a wide-ranging musical appetite that always brings energy to his
work both as accompanist and with his playful and rambunctious Confabulation band.
In the late 70s he contributed to Stan Rogers' first two LPs and many live festival and
coffeehouse performances, having previously toured with Perth County Conspiracy.
Since then he has appeared on well over 250 recordings, including three of his own, and
appeared at innumerable venues across Canada, the US, the UK and Australia, working
with innovative artists including Oliver Schroer, James Keelaghan, Scott Merritt, Gil
Scott-Heron, David Sanborn, and Brent Titcomb.
Shane Cook is a Canadian and US National fiddle champion. Noted by The Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame as one of the “finest fiddlers in the world today,” Shane is also a multi-instrumentalist who has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition. Shane leads his own band, Shane Cook & The Woodchippers, and performs with The Allison Lupton Band; the PBS hit, Bowfire; and Grammy-nominee,
Claire Lynch Band. Several of Shane’s recordings have received CFMA and ECMA nominations, so be on the lookout for Shane’s newest record at his release concert in London this fall.