Stan Rogers left an indelible mark on folk music, and his influence continues today 40 years after his tragic death. Now Borealis Records celebrates his music and his legacy with the announcement of the forthcoming release of the limited-edition vinyl box set, Stan Rogers – Songs of a Lifetime on Feb. 23, 2024. Pre-orders are available now.
An essential item for any lover of traditional folk music, Stan Rogers – Songs of a Lifetime is a limited edition five-vinyl disc box set that also includes the entirety of his songwriting in a beautifully designed book of sheet music, with notations and introductions written by those who worked with him throughout his career. Forty-nine recordings from three albums on five vinyl discs with liner notes are included; two albums never previously released on vinyl, along with a re-issue of the rare, now out of print For The Family, album, originally issued shortly after Stan’s passing.
Taken from the world at the age of 33 in the fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 on June 2, 1983, his impact on roots music lives on. His story-telling songs transport listeners to the rugged shores of the Atlantic, the vast landscapes of the north, and the heart of Canadian history. His influence is felt not only in the realm of folk music but also in the broader cultural fabric of Canada, where his songs have become anthems that evoke a sense of national pride and identity, with songs such as “Northwest Passage,” “Barrett’s Privateers” and “The Mary Ellen Carter” racking up millions of streams on Spotify and YouTube having been discovered by a whole new generation. With sea-shanties popularized on social media platforms, “Barrett’s Privateers“ became a recurring sing-along with Jack White, Michael Bublé and Stephen Colbert on late night television, and it has been covered by dozens of artists from folk to metal.
His most loved song, however, is “Northwest Passage” — a timeless composition that seamlessly intertwines historical exploration with personal introspection. This poetic odyssey takes listeners through the expansive landscapes of Canada, delving into the historical quests for the elusive Northwest Passage.
Stan Rogers received the Diplôme d’honneur from the Canadian Conference of the Arts, and in 2019, he posthumously joined the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, adding to his list of accolades. In 2021, Canada Post paid tribute to his legacy by featuring him on a postage stamp. Each year, folk enthusiasts from across North America gather at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, NS, to celebrate its namesake. The profound impact of Stan Rogers’ music and lyrics continues to inspire and influence musicians worldwide.
The Stan Rogers – Songs Of A Lifetime box set is a limited-edition collector’s item, with only 1.000 copies being manufactured. The accompanying song book of musical notation provides any musician with a guitar and desire to carry on the story-telling song tradition the means to learn to perform every song recorded by the man himself.