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The Carolina journal. volume (Charlotte, N.C.) 1965-19??, October 25, 1967, Image 8

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PAGE 8 Rogers Is Serious, Easygoing Folksinger By SONIA MIZELL The first impression of Gamble Rogers, the man, is that he is very serious, intelligent and quite deep in his thinking. As a folk- singer, he maintains an easygoing air with a beautifully developed wry wit. Gamble Rc^rs was the guest entertainer last week at the Green Garter coffee house. Mr. Rogers is on tour in a circuit of several colleges and universities in this area in connection with the Coffee House circuit. Before coming to UNC-C, he was at Bellermine College in Louisville, Kentucky and he goes next to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As a true folksinger. Gambler Rogers has definite ideas about what folksinging really is, “Ithlnk most serious folk songs represent some kind of attempt at the nar rative of something important to people. A lot of folk songs are like epic poems that didn’t make it as poems, but have been sung by generations of people. We don’t have an Oddessey or an Iliad like the Greeks, but we do have John Henry, Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill. The stories that sprung up about them are our stories,” com ments Mr. Rogers. Why are folk songs kept alive? ‘ ‘Folksongs have to be entertaining and amusing enough that people enjoy them for the amusement, but folk songs are kept because they clarify life for people,” continues Gamble Rog ers, Mr. Rogers defines his approach to folk singing as southern. He says that the most sophisticated form of Americanfolk songs comes Not Success ( Continued from page 3) just to accomplish it. However, the Green Garter was not presented as a moneymaking project tor the Union. It was done so the students and faculty at UNC-C would have some place to go offering unique entertainment. This is the point; The Green Garter was presented solely for the enjoyment of the students and faculty. No profit was made from it. The people in charge only wanted to break even and be able to present the Coffee House several more times this year. There are three more to be opened. The next coffee house will begin the second week in Decem ber. This one will be a Psycha- deUc Coffee House. Then, next semester there will be a Roaring 20’s coffee house and a Gay 90’s coffee house. The last of the year will be the Gay 90’s and it will feature school talent. Anyone is invited to audition for this one. The students who worked to make the Green Garter possible are ready and willing to present ano ther one in December, That is, they are willing if enough stu dents will find the time to visit it. If not, there is no question about what will happen. There will be no more coffee houses at UNC-C. Any comments or ideas about the Green Garter are welcome in the form of a letter to the Carolina Journal. 15=^21 CURB SERVICE 3631 Soulh Blvd.—523-6311 3101 E. indtptnd.—377-4509 Swain’s Charcoal Steak House 1800 W. Mereheod St. RESERVATIONS; 333-2414 from the South. This southern music is ‘‘Talking Blues Folk.” It allows the use of serious poetry. The Negroes use this form of sing ing the most. When asked who he considers to the the master of folk music, Mr. Rogers mentioned several; Merle Travis, Robert Frost, Doc Watson and Mose Allison. “Here,” he says, “we have a North Caro lina poet, jazz pianist. New England poet, and country and western singer.” As a folksinger, Mr. Rogers says that his favorite type of aud ience is one where he and the audience are sharing an apprecia tion of something bigger. This compares with his statement that Bellermine College in Kentucky has been his favorite place to visit and perform so far. Here, the students in the audience were spirited and presented a tough challenge. Accordingly, he had to change his show to accomodate their special interests. They were strongly individualistic and had a surprisingly large amoung of good musicians and poets in their num bers. By the time he left there, he was doing two shows a night, himself, then three or four sing ers and poets would get up and read this works. He even read some of his own poetry to them. Again, Mr. Rogers mentioned that he liked them because they chal lenged him and had their own ideas and talent. “Thatcoffee house end-, ed up in the utmost way — ivith community contributors. Even some of the teachers read their poetry and sang,” said Gamble Rogers. Throughout his entire perfor mance, Gamble Rogers showed a remarkable adeptness with his guitar. He has been studying the guitar for about fifteen years, and in the form of a true artist he continues to learn. At the pre sent time he is widening his field of interest by studying jazz. Although he studiedarchitecture for several years in Florida, Gam ble Rogers plans to continue his career in folk singing. 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