Mad Folk Presents: Garnet Rogers & Archie Fisher
Garnet Rogers has established himself as ‘One of the major talents of our time”. One of the most influential acts in North American folk music and hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”, Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence – close to six and a half feet tall – with a voice to match. With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs “Give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart” (Kitchener Waterloo Record). An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.
Archie Fisher: Beloved worldwide as one of the finest traditional singers of all time, MBE Archie Fisher is recognized as Scotland’s foremost folk troubadour with a career spanning over four decades. A talent that transcends generations and genres (Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit had him sing on their song, “The Work”), Fisher came out of the vital UK folk scene that spawned the Incredible String Band, John Renbourn, Steeleye Span and Bert Jansch. It’s been seven years since Fisher’s last release, Windward Away, a collection of introspective ballads that evoke the wild and rough beauty of the Scottish border country. On September 18, Fisher will return with his first album in seven years, A Silent Song, on Red House Records, followed by select US dates