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Roger Roger: Twins to release debut album at West End Cultural Centre Sunday

One song includes the tale of a reclusive fur trapper who fell into madness and mysteriously lost one of his hands.

Roger Roger debuts their first album at the West End Cultural Centre Sunday.

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Roger Roger debuts their first album at the West End Cultural Centre Sunday.

On their debut album Fairweather, out this week, Winnipeg singer-songwriters and twins Lucas and Madeleine Roger retell the legend of a reclusive fur trapper who fell into madness and mysteriously lost one of his hands, decades ago in the Whiteshell.

Growing up at their cabin on Florence Lake, the twins heard tall tales from cottagers about the trapper, who lived alone for months on end and once emerged from the woods missing a hand. They were told he died in the 1980s, before they were born.

“His name was Alex Kolanski,” said Lucas, who wrote the song. “Every cottage on our lake has a favourite theory. Some say he got it caught in a trap; others say he had a pet bear that turned on him,” he said.

On stage, Madeleine and Lucas find comfort in each other’s presence. “I do feel really comfortable around my brother, for obvious reasons, and more at ease when he’s around,” she said. “It’s nice when you’re doing something as vulnerable as sharing your songs with the world, to be doing that with somebody who you know there’s nothing you could possibly do or say that would change your relationship with them. It’s a solid foundation from which to be taking that risk.”

Roger Roger, as the duo are called, will have their album release party at the West End Cultural Centre this Sunday. Tickets are $12 at the WECC, Ticketfly.com, Music Trader and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store.