Folk singer Nathan Rogers performs at St. Andrew’s United Church on Wednesday

Folk music guitarist brings ‘it’ to Mission

Nathan Rogers performs in Mission April 25 and will donate a portion of his appearance fee to the Folk Festival

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.

Whatever it may be, Nathan has the ability to turn the folk world on its ears.

“I watched Nathan perform to a full house at the Tønder Festival in Denmark last year, a short month after playing the Mission Festival,” says Mission Folk Music Festival artistic director Francis Xavier.

“The audience wouldn’t let him go, they loved him and clapped in powerful unison after every song, something I’ve never encountered before.”

Rogers’ performance style leaves 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 by fans as intelligent and witty, Nathan can move grown men and women to tears with his sound and conviction.

“The effect was strong and Nathan gave a great concert,” says Xavier. “It was clear to me that this young singer had emerged from the shadows and really found his voice. And what a voice! His upcoming concert will be a revelation to anyone who hasn’t seen him yet and a joyous confirmation of how good he is to those who know him.”

Nathan has said he loves the Mission Folk Music Festival and is contributing part of his appearance fee as a fundraiser.

Nathan Rogers plays at St. Andrew’s United Church next Wednesday, April 25.

Tickets are available at the Mission Folk Music Festival website for $20 in advance or $25 at the door.