Roland Kushner and Friends: A Stan Rogers Song Night!
After a rousing show to a full house at Godfrey Daniels in July 2016, Lehigh Valley folk stalwarts Roland Kushner, Dave Fry, Mary Faith Rhoads, and Rick Weaver join up again for a night celebrating the great songwriting legacy of Stan Rogers (1949-1983) on one of Stan’s favorite stages, Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA. Stan Rogers was a Canadian singer-songwriter enjoying a successful international career in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a career that featured many great performances at Godfrey Daniels. He died tragically in an airplane accident in 1983, returning home to Toronto from a performance in Texas.
Stan’s performances were always exciting and uplifting events. Standing six-foot-four, and bald since his early 20s, Stan was an imposing physical figure, and his powerful voice had tremendous range and emotional power. Like his singing, his guitar styles ranged from the most delicate to the most heart-pounding, and he was an exuberant entertainer, taking care of his audience so they had a great experience. He traveled through most of his career with his brother Garnet playing violin, guitar, and flute, and a series of bass players.
Stan left a tremendous legacy of songs that still beg to be heard and sung. In four albums released during his life and three after his passing, his other true genius as a lyricist and composer remains alive and accessible. He also left behind a great web of friends, collaborators, and acquaintances, to say nothing of many fans.
Bethlehem and the Delaware Valley are among the areas in the U.S. where his legacy is strong, from his shows at area venues including Godfrey Daniels, and festivals including the Philadelphia Folk Festival where he was very well received. Roland Kushner was Stan’s manager and some-time traveling companion, helping with the recording of his live “Between the Breaks” album and booking the tour in Western Canada that led to Stan’s “Northwest Passage” album. Mary Faith Rhoads performed at many festivals with Stan, and introduced him to the songs of Scottish songwriter Archie Fisher. Dave, manager of Godfreys in its early years, brought Stan to the club repeatedly, and Godfreys is still a regular stop for Garnet Rogers. Rick Weaver of Piper’s Request was inspired by Stan and includes his songs in his repertoire. They all have great stories to tell about time with Stan.
As a folk songwriter, Stan had few peers and many admirers. His songs spoke of love (Forty-Five Years), war (The Last of Barrett’s Privateers), peace (House of Orange), resurrection (Mary Ellen Carter), national pride (Northwest Passage), Canada’s working folk (Make and Break Harbour), and more. He set many of his early songs in Canada’s Maritime provinces, reflecting his own heritage. His later songwriting used Canada’s west and Great Lakes as backdrops.
“A Stan Rogers Song Night!” – and on Canada Day, July 1!! – will highlight that great body of songs. Roland, Dave, Mary Faith, and Rick will play selected songs of Stan’s, as solos and in different ensembles. There will be plenty of chances for the audience to sing along to …
Forty Five Years: “I just want to hold you closer than I’ve ever held anyone before ….
Mary Ellen Carter: “Rise again! Rise again! That her name not be lost to the knowledge of men …
Barrett’s Privateers: “God damn them all, I was told we’d cruise the seas for American gold …
Northwest Passage: “Ah, for just one time, I would take the Northwest Passage …
and many, many more.
For more information:
Godfrey Daniels, 7 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
www.godfreydaniels.org , 610-267-2390
Contact: Ramona Labarre, Godfrey Daniels Managing Director: email@example.com
Roland Kushner, 610-428-7995, 484-664-3797, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Stan Rogers: www.stanrogers.net. There are many videos of Stan on Youtube.