Garnet Rogers - "Night Drive" on YouTube.
In a darkened bedroom, lit only by the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged 6 and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol' Opry, and practiced their harmonies. Two years later, the youngest one was playing the definitive 8-year-old's version of "Desolation Row" on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar.
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 accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.
Since then, Garnet Rogers has established himself as 'One of the major talents of our time". 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.
"Garnet Rogers is capable of awe-inspiring and unpredictable stuff - and that includes more than just music"
Resolutely independent, Garnet Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way.
Garnet Rogers "The Lost Ones" on Good Hope Island on YouTube.
Dave Kearney got his first guitar,,a sears silvertone;with hula dancers on it,from his father when he was nine years old. by age fourteen he was playing at uso shows in the maryland/virginia/dc. area,. after his family relocated to the mid-west, he became a founding member of the regional favorite " reed street " opening for national acts including The Hollies,Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes, Steppenwolf, Seals and Croft, and Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels. then in 1971 he returned to Baltimore to form the alt-country band " Backslider " . this group played concerts, clubs and festivals from Delaware to Key West, opening for John Prine, Pure Prarie League ,Asleep At The Wheel, and Ronnie Milsap. in both of these bands, Dave was the primary songwriter, and his songs have been recorded by Del McCoury and other nashville artists. Dave writes and performs songs about the human condition,which he has seen plenty of, in some part due to his twenty two year career as a police officer in the Baltimore area. Dave is currently a resident of Woodstock NY.
Elly Wininger has been called everything from a ‘folk-blues legend’ to a ‘musical explosion.’ Getting her start in the folk revival scene of the 60’s & 70’s, Elly was a guitar student of David Bromberg. She is an award-winning songwriter and has been writing songs and picking guitar in clubs, coffeehouses and concert halls, while producing and hosting radio shows, and teaching songwriting to kids and adults of all abilities. In 2007 she released her first solo CD, “Back Eddy Blues” which has been getting airplay on Americana and folk stations all over the US, Europe, the UK, and Australia. She was chosen to perform in the “Folk DJ Favorites” showcase at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and was a Formal Showcase Selection at the 2010 Midwest Folk Alliance Conference. A featured performer at the 2012 Tall City Blues Fest and the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, Elly’s most recent CD “Part Time Paradise” charted #54 on the Folk DJ charts in 2010. When not touring, she hosts “Catskill Cabaradio,” a live webcast variety show, for Catskill Community Radio out of Pine Hill.