Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Benjamin is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Combining fiddle and guitar, he is
writing honest folk music that draws you in with stories and spoken-word poetry. Benjamin’s third
album and latest release titled Whisky & Pine, is eleven original songs delivered with reflective emotion
and warm harmonies. His poetic ballads blend flawlessly with his rousing guitar and fiddle compositions,
cementing his status as an up-and- coming alternative folk powerhouse.
With strong influences stemming from traditional music and the east coast, Benjamin’s hard-driving
fiddle technique is transformed into his own contemporary style. His thought and emotion-provoking
songs show hints of his influences: Leonard Cohen, Gregory Alan Isakov and Passenger. His engaging live
performance is delivered with his unique voice, guitar and explosive fiddle.
Inspired at the tender age of seven, Benjamin found a passion and purpose in folk music after inheriting
his Great-Grandfather’s violin. From budding musician to awe-inspiring performer, his love of creating
meaningful music has taken the reins and garnered much attention from folk artists and enthusiasts
In just four years, Benjamin has received no shortage of praise for his unique style and undeniable talent
– Jim Marino listed him as a new discovery in his article to Penguin Eggs Magazine, and Jennifer Ives,
Artistic Director of Live from the Rock Music Festival, applauded his mesmerizing song set, writing that
he has “…the voice and chops of a veteran performer.” From Whisky & Pine, Looking for a Fight and The
Soldier Song received honorable mentions in international songwriting competitions. Whisky & Pine
ranked six in the top ten albums of 2016 at Folk Roots Radio.
His introductory album, Wayfarer, and sophomore album, Strong Man’s Address to the Circus Crowd,
each earned him a nomination at the 2014 and 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Young Performer
of the Year, along with nominations at the Hamilton Music Awards. His songs, Move Ben Move,
Pendulum and Beautiful Mess, earned him second place, third place, and an honourable mention in
international songwriting competitions, respectively.
Benjamin has shared the spotlight with several talented artists, playing in numerous festivals alongside
Suzie Vinnick, Digging Roots, Rick Fines and Ben Caplan, to name a few. He’s performed captivating sets
in many venues across Canada, most notably the main stage at Mariposa Folk Music Festival, and others
including: Blue Skies Music Festival, Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival, Calgary Folk Club and St. Lawrence
Benjamin is currently on tour promoting his latest album Whisky & Pine.