13 April 2018

Garnet Rogers

Quentin Callewaert opens

On Friday, April 13 Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers returns to the me&thee stage. Sing Out magazine calls Rogers the “greatest male interpreter and vocalist performing in the contemporary folk scene.” Within ten years, and barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepated as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music. ¶ Teenage guitar slinger Quentin Callewaert opens the show.

Concert starts at 8:00 pm

Garnet Rogers

Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer — one of the major talents of our time,” they continue by saying that Garnet’s vocal and instrumental talents are complemented by an undeniably powerful physical presence — close to six and a half feet tall — with the lungs 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 language of the heart. An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small everyday victories. As memorable as his songs, his over-top-humor and lightning-quick wit move his audiences from laughter and back again.

Since Garnet’s last visit to the me&thee coffeehouse, he has become a published author. His memoir, Night Drive — Travels With My Brother has garnered rave reviews. The book details stories about how Stan and Garnet grew up together. He explains how the songs got written and recorded and what life on the road was like before there was an independent music scene. Garnet regales readers with stories about bar fights and bike gangs and a thousand gigs around the North America in the 1970s and early 80s.

Photo: Bruce Dienes

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Quentin Callewaert

Opener Quentin Callewaert is quickly becoming a greater Boston favorite. Classically trained, Quentin’s interest in fingerstyle acoustic guitar was inspired by Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Tommy Emmanuel. He is also a gifted singer with a refreshingly bluesy voice that complements his blend of Americana, gospel and bluegrass. Quentin has played on many stages in New England including the Shalin Liu in Rockport, Club Passim in Cambridge, New Moon in Haverhill, MA and Crossroads Music Series in Andover, MA.

Photo: Laura Foord

  • Garnet Rogers sports a gruff resonant voice, an archetypal sound, and plays an acoustic rhythm guitar. His venue is folk crossed with rock and a no-nonsense lyric sense. Acousticmusic.com
  • A brilliant songwriter. One of the major talents of our time. Boston Globe
  • A folkie for a changing world. Toronto Star
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  • Quentin Callewaert is a very talented young guitarist with an engaging presence onstage. We have been mentoring him a little bit and our audiences have always received him very well. I think they are delighted to see a youngster carrying on the tradition. Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys)
  • I saw Quentin perform at Gloucester’s Block Party in August and knew, at that very instant, I had to find a way to get him onto The Larcom stage. Quentin is one of the most talented young artists I’ve heard in a very long time. This young man is on his way up!” Peter Van Ness, Founder of Gloucester’s Block Party and President of gimmeLIVE