Legends of Canadian songwriting
"This is good and rich and big music," Greg Brown says of Garnet Rogers. One of a pair of singing and songwriting brothers who spearheaded a tremendous renaissance in Canadian songwriting in the 1970s, Garnet Rogers writes songs full of realistic detail describing people from all walks of life and their small, everyday victories. He can shift from seriousness to razor wit in a heartbeat, and he's always full of surprises: he's as conversant with electronic sound as he is with a guitar, and he often finds innovative ways to mix the two. After putting over a million kilometers on an old Volvo, he can rightly claim to be the king of the road, and he comes to Ann Arbor with a new book, Night Drive: Travels with My Brother.
Connie Kaldor has been a mainstay on the Canadian folk scene. With a loyal fan base she continues to tour and write and record. She has won Juno awards (the Canadian equivalent to the Grammy); she is the first songwriter to win the Western Literature award; and she has been made a member of the Order of Canada. She sings of the prairies, of women, she is irreverent and moving. Her live shows are legendary. The Boston Globe calls her "a masterful performer, wildly funny one moment, deeply personal the next." Connie comes to Michigan with a brand-new release, "Everyday Moments."