I grew up knowing Stan Roger‘s tunes and just thinking he was part of the Newfoundland canon of folk music. It wasn’t until a few years ago that my Uncle and I sat down and watched a documentary on Roger’s that I realized he was from Ontario. I was amazed that this guy so far from the Maritimes, could write about about fishing and outport living with the emotion and conviction of an 80 year old fisherman. Watching the doc taught me that Stan had spent a lot of his time in Cape Breton and truly felt at home. This is obvious in his lyrics and arrangements and it’s easy to see the influence of Cape Breton and the Maritimes in all of his songs. That’s not to say he didn’t write about his home though, as farmers appear in his writing as much as fisherman. This debut is a fantastic album for fans of traditional music or fans of Gordon Lightfoot‘s music. I know it’s cliche, but I would love to hear what Stan would be up to, were he alive today.
# 68. Stan Rogers: Fogarty’s Cove