"At Last, I'm Ready For Christmas!" - A Duo-over Stan Rogers Chrismas

"At Last, I'm Ready For Christmas" - A Duo-over Stan Rogers Chrismas

"At Last, I'm Ready For Christmas!" - A Duo-over Stan Rogers Chrismas

Sat · December 8, 2018

Doors: 7:15 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$25.00 - $30.00

Nathan Rogers
Nathan Rogers
Some say he was born into it, some that he was born with it, while others claim he has earned it. With one foot planted firmly in folk music’s traditional roots and the other reaching into its dynamic future, Nathan Rogers isn’t entirely sure what ‘it’ is; singer, songwriter, guitarist, throat-chanter, percussionist, revivalist, or innovator. Whatever it may be, “Nathan has the ability to turn the folk world on its ears.”

Like many, it all started at home but what a unique home it was. Nathan’s first experience picking up the guitar was an attempt to copy the challenging riffs his brother David created after studying with celebrated virtuosos Don Ross and Preston Reed. His sister Beth demanded perfection in all vocals as any self-exacting classical voice teacher would, while his mother initiated him into the business side of the music industry. His father and uncle informed both his writing style and an ethos of Canadian people that shines in his lyrics.

While others were hiding their braces behind their hands, Nathan was already up high on stages of all sorts. In winter, he traveled with and won solo vocal awards as part of the Appleby Boys Choir. Summers were saved for his first love – appearances at folk festivals and the opportunity to meet, perform with and learn from outstanding musicians. Before he even had an album in hand, Nathan’s reputed vocal ability had him singing on stage with such notables as JP Cormier, The Oysterband, Spirit of the West, John Cameron, Connie Caldor and James Keelaghan.

With a degree in comparative religion, an award winning voice and two prized Laskin guitars under his belt, Nathan founded his own record label, Halfway Cove Music. In 2005 he finally released his debut album, True Stories. Produced by Rick Fenton (former AD of Winnipeg Folk Festival), distributed by Festival and studded with such outstanding roots musicians as Nikki Mehta, JP Cormier, and Murray Pulver, True Stories was met with critical acclaim both at home and abroad. If multiple encores at every show are any indication, Canadian audiences coast-to-coast seem to like it too.

Nathan’s performance style leaves the audiences wondering where the rest of the band is hiding. Singing, chanting, playing the guitar and stomping, he fills any stage with “magnificent powerfully clear lyrics and arrangements.” Described as ‘intelligent and witty’, Nathan will ‘move men and women to tears with his sound and conviction.”

Nathan continues to earn his place in the Canadian folk and blues canon. As Fenton noted, “I have never seen any musician Nathan’s age who works so hard on his singing and guitar playing.”
The Small Glories
The Small Glories
The Small Glories are a brand new musical union between folk/roots artists Cara Luft and JD Edwards. Based in Winnipeg, a city well-known for its long history of remarkable musical talent, the duo is already creating a buzz, with fans and promoters eager to hear the recorded result of their collaboration. June 2014 saw them head into the studio with producer Neil Osborne, recording an album’s worth of original and traditional material, with a focus on their dynamic and powerful vocal blend and harmonies.

What started as a casual friendship has turned into something quite unexpected and extremely magical, all thanks to the artistic director of one of Western Canada’s premiere live music venues, Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre. JD and Cara were partnered together for the venue’s 25th anniversary concert in October 2012, and they stole the show. Alas with busy tour schedules and side projects, thoughts of pursuing anything further were put on hold until January 2014, when Cara asked JD to join her on a winter tour. The two received such intense praise from presenters and fans alike that they decided it was time to take the plunge. Their abilities as both strong lead and harmony singers, their shared history of growing up singing in musical families, combined with their songwriting prowess and musical chops all contribute to the uniqueness of this partnership.

Both Cara and JD are no strangers to the Canadian and international music scene. Juno award winner Cara Luft deserves her solid reputation as one of Canada’s finest live performers and acoustic guitar players, whose engaging, down-home style comes wrapped in a warm and delicious sense of humour. A co-founder of folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys, Cara was the spark behind the group. Her spirit and innate musicianship were instrumental in their rise to the forefront of the North American roots music scene. Since leaving the trio, Luft has wowed audiences and critics across North America and Europe with her performances. Reviewers fall over themselves in praising her original material, her distinctiveness and daring mix of styles, her execution and her eclectic approach drawing on folk, roots and rock. Her albums and live shows make listeners wish they had practiced guitar more. Cara’s the real deal, there’s nothing pretentious about her. And that sense of honesty, integrity, personality and spontaneity permeates both her music and her live shows.

JD Edwards has a voice that defies categorization, one that easily ranges from gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, leaving listeners begging for more. He is truly one of the finest singers of his time. Mix that with honest, passionate songwriting and it’s easy to see why JD is an enchanting musical powerhouse. To attempt to cage JD's style in a singular genre would result in frustration for any music aficionado. With his 6-piece JD Edwards Band, listeners are enrobed in a concoction of country, blues, R & B and soul, with a healthy dose of good 'ol rock and roll. In the musical collective Dry Bones (with Leonard Podolak of The Duhks, Nathan Rogers and Gilles Fournier), JD sings old-time, Americana and original tunes as though they were his birthright. Tack on his energetic live performances and it's impossible to resist a personal connection with JD's contagious optimism and love for his craft.

Together as the Small Glories, Luft and Edwards are a tour de force, ready to take the music world by storm.
Jess Reimer and Jeremy Hamm
Jess Reimer and Jeremy Hamm
The naked, snow-peppered trees that comprise Canada's woodlands in the wintertime are a thing of pure beauty; the sought-after setting for painters and photographers decade upon decade. Yet come the springtime, the elegance of bare poplar and oak is replaced with a new beauty – one of rich colours, textures, and added adornment.

Reimer has been immersed in music since infancy, playing and performing throughout her childhood and going on to join her father and some friends in a nationally-touring gospel/bluegrass band that performed alongside some giants of the genre; however, she soon branched off onto a whole new bough of her musical endeavours.

Whether they're sung alongside her usual supporting cast of musicians from major festival stages this summer, or by just the girl and her guitar for more intimate engagements, these songs are sure to please those that Jess Reimer calls her fans while earning the attention of some new and earnest ears. They share the shape of her early material, but like the budding and blossoming trees that surround her rural Manitoba home, are even more beautiful and full of life.
The New Customs
The New Customs
The New Customs are the compelling pairing of Emma Cloney and Dale Brown. Hailing from the prolifically musical city of Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, the duo is poised to take the world by storm with their solid songwriting, heart-stirring harmonies and outstanding instrumentation. The splendid pairing of guitarist Emma Cloney’s haunting voice and the playing of award-winning, sought-after multi-instrumentalist Dale Brown make up the heart of their sound. In writing together, the pair effortlessly crafts tunes that range in flavour from folk to celtic to blues, yet always sound uniquely like themselves. “These guys are gonna go places!” - Leonard Podolak, The Duhks In the wake of a conversation in the parking lot of Winnipeg’s cultural capital, the West End Cultural Centre, and a surprise offer of a Western Canadian tour, Cloney and Brown formed The New Customs to challenge each other to explore new creative paths. Instantly, they were struck by how well their diverse musical backgrounds and writing styles meshed together. Songs flowed forth, arrangements fell into place with ease, and their style formed so naturally that it seemed predestined. While The New Customs are a new name, the pair has more than 20 years of professional musical experience between them. Equally at home at concert halls, house concerts, or festival stages, they are a diverse and dynamic presence. Driving guitar work, soaring fiddle lines, and two perfectly matched voices all combine to create a larger than life sound, oddly familiar yet entirely new, making it hard to believe there are only two people on the stage. Together, they are truly greater than the sum of their parts. On stage, Cloney and Brown are a complimentary pair. Their charming quirky sense of humour and endearing storytelling creates an instant bond between them and their audiences. Combine that with the musical “oneness” of their seemingly shared artistic brain, you can feel the energy in the room each time the duo takes the stage. “...that kind of chemistry don’t come cheap, so stash that in a bottle in the trunk and run with it” - Daniel Peloquin-Hofner, Red Moon Road Hitting the ground running at a breakneck pace The New Customs have already graced the stages of several festivals, as well as recorded and released their debut EP album with folk music aficionado Scott Nolan and Juno Award winner Jamie Sitar. With their full length album slated for release in early 2017 and coast to coast touring, the two delight in bringing their unique sound to audiences across the country. Constantly creating and gaining momentum by the day, the group’s future is bright and the possibilities are limitless. “Love the new project!” -David Landreth, the Bros. Landreth - See more at: http://www.manitobamusic.com/thenewcustoms#sthash.IMPkheTY.dpuf
Venue Information:
West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1Z8
http://www.wecc.ca/