6 On The Square Benefit Features Canadian Folk Singer Garnet Rogers

OXFORD – Organization representatives said keeping the doors open at a small not-for-profit listening room like 6 On The Square requires funding from a variety of sources, such as sponsors, donations and arts grants.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22., the Oxford venue will host a benefit for its music programming, with a performance from Canadian singer/songwriter Garnet Rogers. Also featured will be an assortment of desserts and a “lottery tree” filled with potentially winning tickets.

Born in Ontario but with roots in Nova Scotia, Rogers was barely out of high school when he hit the road as a full-time musician with his older brother, Stan. Together, they formed one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.

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Since Stan Rogers’ death in 1983, Garnet Rogers has established himself as a solo performer in his own right. Officials said he has released a dozen albums that critics have hailed as literate, passionate, sensitive and purposeful, all delivered with his unforgettable baritone and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing.

An optimist at heart, Rogers sings about people who are not obvious heroes as well as the small victories of the everyday. In concert, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

Resolutely independent, Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way.

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