First broadcast June 6, 2008

Stan Rogers Remembered

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Twenty-five years ago on June 2, 1983 Canadian folksinger and songwriter Stan Rogers died in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 on the tarmac at Greater Cincinnati Airport. He was returning from the legendary Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival. The tragedy cut short a leading exponent of Canadian folk music who, even at the young age of 33, had become a leading influence for folk and acoustic music in his native country.

Rogers possessed a warm baritone voice that could erupt large like a volcano and he housed it all in a 6-foot, four-inch frame that Emily Friedman once wrote was “built like a fire truck.” He wrote and sang songs of the Canadian experience from the Maritimes to the Plains, songs that gave voice to ordinary Canadians who built a great modern country. He was a passionate Canadian partisan.

He began his professional career in 1969, but its pivotal point was an appearance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1975 and a subsequent recorded album of his songs about the Maritimes. Three years later he made his performing debut in the United States, appearing several times in Connecticut. He wrote some 100 songs, most molded by traditional folk music, and recorded eight albums. There are also several tribute albums.

This program not only was intended to mark the anniversary of his death but also introduce a new generation to a singular talent. I ended the night with a set from an early recording from Canadian singer/songwriter David Francey, who today is one of Canada’s leaning exponents of acoustic music.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Jorma Kaukonen, “A Life Well Lived”, Stars In My Crown, Red House

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  • Stan Rogers, “Blue Nose”, Home In Halifax, Fogarty’s Cove Music

  • Stan Rogers, “Second Effort”, “The Jeannie C.”, Turnaround, Fogarty’s Cove Music

  • Stan Rogers, “Make And Break Harbour”, Fogarty’s Cove, Fogarty’s Cove Music

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  • Stan Rogers, “Northwest Passage”, “Field Behind The Plow”, “Lies”, Northwest Passage, Fogarty’s Cove Music

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  • Stan Rogers, “The Lock-Keeper”, “Plenty Of Hornpipe”, From Fresh Water, Fogarty’s Cove Music

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  • Stan Rogers, “The Witch Of The Westmorland”, “Barrett’s Privateers”, "First Christmas", Live Between The Breaks, Fogarty’s Cove Music

  • Stan Rogers, “Morris Dancers”, “The Idiot”, “Mary Ellen Carter”, Home In Halifax, Fogarty’s Cove Music

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  • David Francey, “Border Line”, “Hard Steel Mill”, “Blue Water”, “Torn Screen Door”, Torn Screen Door, Laker Music