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Review: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart

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Subject: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: GUEST,Steven G.
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 12:42 PM

Hello, all

I would like to just post a message and comment on a play I recently seen at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada a few weeks ago. It is a new production called Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart.

The play consist of songs that were wrote by Stan Rogers. His songs are staged in 1 act plays, because each song that Stan Rogers wrote, were like mini operas, talking about the everyday person trying there best to make do. From a farmer to fishers each song that Stan Rogers wrote talked about the everyday Canadian.

A little brief history of Stan Rogers. Stan Rogers was a singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. His parents were from the Maritimes (Nova Scotia), and any chance they could, they would go down to the Maritimes each summer, and visit relatives. So some of the songs that Stan Rogers wrote, were about the Maritimes and its way of life, like Make and Break Harbour, and Fogarty's Cove. Unfortunately Stan Rogers passed away in 1983 in a airplane fire. But his music lives on through this play. Back to my review on the play ;)

The play was totally amazing, the actors done an excellent job with the music, and expressing the people in the songs that Stan Rogers wrote. Each song that I heard, the actors put in alot of emotion in what they were singing. And there some songs that they sung, like Lies and Make and Break Harbour, sort had a tear in my eye because it was totally moving. But there was some songs that were quite funny, like Working Joe, and Half of A Heart, that made you laughed hard. But all and all, it was well worth the 30 dollars.

And speaking about the actors, the actors had a great band to back them up, they really did a great job of the songs, well arranged for the actors that were singing them. And with the band and actors singing those famous tunes, all I want to do is sing along with them. And when the audience gave a standing ovation when they sung the Mary Ellen Carter, it must of been a powerful feeling to the group of musicians and actors that worked so hard to bring Stan Rogers music to life.

To conclude I would like to say that it anyone is touring Canada, or any Canadians thinking of taking a trip down to the Maritimes. Gets a chance to come to Prince Edward Island, and stay in Charlottetown for a few days. Go to the Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart play. It is well worth your money, and it is at the main stage at the Confederation Centre on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. til August 31st.

Thanks for your time,

Steven G.


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: black walnut
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 01:27 PM

I saw the show when it was in Toronto. I remember thinking during the show...this HAS to be performed down east...and now it's there!

It really is a very good show, and I also would encourage people in PEI and area to be sure to go see it.

~black walnut


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Trapper
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 02:01 PM

Does anyone know if there are any plans of bringing it to the States? Barring that, how about videotaping it for sale?

- Al


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 02:30 PM

Stan Rogers was just beginning to hit full stride when the plane fire (in Ohio?) took his life. I hope the production comes West, or is restaged here.


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 02:37 PM

Cincinnati was where Air Canada flight 797 made it's emergency landing...


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 05:16 PM

Hmmm. If I get to see Ariel this fall, I'll ask her about video sale of this production. Sounds wonderful


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: JohnB
Date: 01 Aug 01 - 08:30 AM

I saw the original play/concert/musical/whatever, in the little town of Orangeville Ontario, about three years ago. It is good to see/hear it is doing so well, I agree with you, great show. We sang along, don't know about any one else. JohnB


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: GUEST,Ariel
Date: 01 Aug 01 - 01:10 PM

Thanks for all the good words about the production - wow, Steven, with folks like you, who needs an agent, or a fancy publicity company!? Glad you liked it and I'll pass the word on to the company via Paul Mills, the Assistant Musical director and main guitar on stage.

Video of the production would be 'way too expensive and would discourage people from seeing the actual production at this point. This show has come a LONG way from the original in Orangeville, by the way. Jim Betts and Bob Ashley have given it a huge facelift and redone most of the arrangements. It's now a "professional" production in every sense of the word and they should be very proud of what thet've all accomplished. After all, folks (and this is going to sound like heresy to some) we're talking Canadian music here - and to compound that Canadian FOLK music. Now think about how weird that is - to see something like this happen to this kind of music. To do it in the first place took an enormous leap of faith from a number of us. To see it performed as one of Canada's mainstage productions is pretty heady stuff. And nothing wrong with a tear in the eye, Steven. I still am moved every time I see it and that's got to be about ten times, let alone all the rehearsal times!


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Aug 01 - 01:14 PM

Is this available for community theaters? I would be interested in producing a local production of this if it is.


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Art Thieme
Date: 02 Aug 01 - 12:51 AM

Ariel,

All the best to you from Illinois. We who were the Chicago folk scene in '83 will always remember your husband. He was a great artist. I'm sure Juel and Emily and all join me in these sentiments.

Are any of the guys (Paul etc.) a part of this show?

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Art Thieme
Date: 02 Aug 01 - 12:54 AM

Ariel, Pardon me. I see you answered my question in your post. Give my regards to Mr. Mills.

Art


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 02 Aug 01 - 10:10 AM

Hi Ariel.

Art,actually Paul is a big part of the onstage show. I enjoyed his guitar and banjo accompaniments but was REALLY hoping to see him DANCE! Figured a few high-kicks and the odd splits could be a valuable career move.

It's a tricky business turning lyrical music into a visual presentation, but these folks have done a fine job. Something that caught my attention on the night that Heather and I attended "A Matter of heart" was the middle aged couple a few seats over from us. They were both visibly crying a couple of times during the show...but NOT during the sadder songs. It was in the "up" portions. Being the curious sort I am, I would have loved to know what they were reacting to....possibly they had known Stan, or perhaps the music was new to them and it was bringing back some shared memories.....t'was kinda neat though. Me, I rarely cry at music, but I "tapped along" a lot.

If you get a chance, check it out. You'll enjoy it....plus you'll be able to talk to other "Stan fans" at intermission.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: GUEST,Steven G.
Date: 02 Aug 01 - 10:38 AM

Wow, I certainly started something with my posting of my review on Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart. I really hope that this production will bring this play to Western Canada, and into the States if they have a chance to. It is a great play, and I wish people will get a chance to see it when it is at the Confederation Centre.

It seems that this play that is being staged here, at Confederation Centre of the Arts here in Charlottetown, PEI, is really striking a chord with people that have watched this play. Watching the TV commercial on this play on the local CBC station, people are very amazed with this production when they are asked about there reviews on this play.

To Ariel, the actors, and the musicians of this production of this play, keep up the great work. I wanted to get a chance to post a message on this play on this site to just tell people to go see it if they are in Atlantic Canada.

Anyway, Thanks for your time once again

Steven G.


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: GUEST,Steven G.
Date: 02 Aug 01 - 10:59 AM

Hi, Rick

You are right about those Stan Fans. Me, being a fan of his music, was talking to lady from Minnesota who was asking me questions about who was Stan Rogers. So I gave her a brief biography of him and his music. And being from the Maritimes (from PEI), told her how his music really struck a chord with the fishermen and farmers.

So during the intermission, I asked her and her friends how they are enjoying the play. They were really enjoying the play.

You said that when you seen the play, you seen some people crying at the songs that weren't the songs that weren't the downer ones. Me, I had a tear in my eye with Make and Break Harbour, and Finch's Complaint. Because being from the Maritimes, I understood the people in that poem, being from a little fishing community, most of my neighbors are fishermen.

Well, the happier songs like The Idiot, and Half of a Heart, Working Joe they were funny. I really like "The Idiot" because I can just see Morris dancers dancing to that tune. :) haha...

Well, all and all it is a great play. And I am one of those Stan fans that was in the audience when I watch this play because I wanted to sing along to the songs and my foot was tappin' all night long.

Well, anyway got to go. Have a great day.

Steven G.


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 02 Aug 01 - 01:46 PM

I really want to see this play. I don't expect it to be in southern Georgia soon. The video sounds like an ideal project for CBC Television if they are still commited to Canadian content and cultural preservation.

Anything that promotes Stan Rogers and preserves his legacy is great by me!


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: gnu
Date: 02 Aug 01 - 04:11 PM

Ooooh, for just one time, I would... genius... pure genius. The best, bar few. Rest in peace and thank you. I hope this play tours.


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Subject: RE: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: John Kidder
Date: 02 Aug 01 - 04:36 PM

There are lots of us who remember Stan in the pouring rain at Vancouver Folk Music Festivals in the 70s. He had an absolutely amazing talent for understanding what others' experiences were actually like, and then writing fascinating/funny/moving songs to give the experience to the rest of us. Just imagine if he'd been writing songs for another fifty years. And to think we were robbed of all that promise by something as stupid as a fire in a pump in an airplane toilet.

So who is going to bring this production to Vancouver?


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Subject: RE: Review: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: GUEST,Rob McLeish
Date: 16 Feb 12 - 09:48 AM

I've always loved Stan's music but was skeptical before I went to the show in Charlottetown - but I loved some of the arrangements! I have the CD and really enjoy it. Is the show being produced anywhere else since? I keep hoping to find the some of the arrangements from A Matter of Heart for sale somewhere. Does anyone know if this is possible? In particular, I'd love the piano music for the Mary Ellen Carter. Ideas?


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Subject: RE: Review: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Chris in Portland
Date: 16 Feb 12 - 09:59 AM

It's on Spotify.
Chris


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Subject: RE: Review: Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart
From: Greg B
Date: 16 Feb 12 - 04:36 PM

I heard it on Spotify a while back (it found its way into my Stan Rogers play list). I wasn't aware of the background, that it was part of something larger, and kind of went "humph" and deleted it, as when I'm
in the mood to hear Stan, well, I want to hear Stan (or maybe Nate). Now that I know there's a context to those covers I'll have another listen.

Thanks for illuminating us.


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