Roger G. Possley
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Roger G. Possley

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"The Sound of Dreams"

How many people do you know who can truly say that they are living their dreams? Not many, if you're like most people, but on a rainy Friday night last month, I spoke to two of them.
Roger Possley, late of Old #7, held a CD release concert at Borders Arborland that night for his collection of traditional British/Scottish/Irish songs, As It Was Now. Accompanying himself on guitar, mandolin and cittern (a transitional instrument between the lute and guitar with either six courses -12 strings or five courses- 10 strings and a sharp sound that is more distinct the a guitar). Possley sang ballads of love, hate, murder redemption... and some that were not so serious.
He has a truly extensive repertoire of bawdy songs- from the night-visiting songs that document how lovers cajoled their loves into letting them in(and the consequences nine months later!) to the "wink, wink, nudge, nudge"style of "A Bird In The Bush" and "The Mower" He explained that he had learned most of these songs from old books, and that he has an ever expanding repertoire of over 120 tunes.
Interestingly, the lyrics he uses are often quite different from the ones normally heard, including his version of ''The Twa Corbies"-in his version, which he calls the "nice English one", the ravens finding the newly slain night do not get to eat him, nor to "pluck out his bonnie bright eyes". Instead his hounds, hawks and lady fair protect him ensuring his Christian burial.
He spoke of his attraction to this very old form of music, and how it became a siren call, enticing him to leave Old #7 for a solo career "taking what you hear and making it your own- having it become a part of you". He warned that it's not an easy life, but "the music pays for the music" and he feels an obligation to follow it. During the spring, summer and fall he lives on a sailboat in the Great Lakes.... Possley's voice reminds me of the traditional singers in England such as the Copper Family or the Watersons.
Twila Oxley-Price - Ann Arbor Current

"Music Reviews"

Roger Possley As It Was , Now (C&M)
Wandering minstrels, who once walked through the Middle Ages imparting a good tale via song, have long donated their skeletal snouts as card tables for worms to play pinochle. But on As It Was, Now, you can hear the ghost of one using Roger Possley as a medium to resurrect English folk songs of yore.
Lyrics like "in lasses sure/ he does adore/ one who's plump and round" from "Get Up Jack" recall fond days when a grog-sodden man could grab a buxom beer maid and bury his gruff face in her bosom with no more repercussion than the back of her hand.
"Handsome Cabin Boy" tells of a pretty girl, "her mind being bent on rambling unto some foreign land," who disguises herself as a boy and hires on with a sailing ship.
There are no detectable effects on Possley's soothing voice, only a wistful sadness. It's as if he sits in a bleak boarding-house tavern far from home with only his guitar as solace, rendering haunted song-tales like "The Widow of Westmoreland's Daughter" and "The Cruel Ship's Carpenter."
Possley offers this observation in the liner notes: "It is uncanny how human nature remains relatively static while our technological conceits make us believe we are somehow better than our ancestors."
As if in protest of the digital age, there are no technological frills on As It Was, Now. The only evidence that Possley resides in modern times at all is the fact these charm-channeled songs exist on something called a CD.
-Christopher Bahnsen - Ann Arbor Current


1999 Old #7 -Live At Lodi Farms
2001 Roger Possley -As It Was Now
2008 Roger Possley-Fits and Starts TBA



How many performers are actually living the life they portray on stage? When it comes to songs of a sailors life, there are not many with the credentials of Roger G. Possley. If you haven't heard of him, it is probably because he was on a sailboat, far from land pursuing a life's passion. Having been on boats since infancy and picking up a guitar at age 8, it certainly makes sense the two would meld together and find an outlet in Roger's music.
Roger has sailed thousands of miles on the Great Lakes aboard his sailboat Persistence. What you see on stage is not a persona created for convenience. The performer is the man and this guy's seen and done most of what he sings about (except the murder ballads, of course).
Roger's first band, The Fishermen, was formed in the early nineties and it was band member Sean Rogers and he that went on to form, Old #7, which played together until 2000. They released a CD "Live at Lodi Farms" in 1999.
Roger became a solo performer in 2001 and enlisted David Mosher and Chuck Anderson to create a larger sound when the situation was called for. They recorded a performance in 2003 which may yet find it's way onto a CD.
In 2003, he moved to West Michigan. Gradually his performances tapered off and his music was limited to recording. .
Now, in 2008, Roger is back on track and playing as much as he can. Music is a source of energy and an outlet for his love of water and the freedom of sailing. Along with oil painting, it is his life. Every day is filled with the desire to learn and grasp further the nuances of his art.