Live Music in the Duddon Valley
at the Browfoot Room, Ulpha, Cumbria
Acoustic - Traditional - Roots - Folk - Blues
25th May 2013
Roger Davies is a West Yorkshire songsmith with a delicate touch. You are more than likely to be instantly taken by his cool delivery and easy going relaxed stage presence. This is because there's a certain unpatronising warmth about a performer who refers to his audience as his 'gang', and consequently, you seem to enfold yourself within his circle, not kicking, not screaming.
Roger takes his birthright seriously, and there is an abundance of affectionate songs centred around his hometown of Brighouse and surrounding area. Roger's Huddersfield Town captures this essence in the same manner but manages to avoid it being just a pastiche of that particular style of writing. Northern Trash despite its confrontational title (to a Donny lad that is), still maintains the 'affectionate' aspect of his writing about home.
There's nothing long and drawn out or with any excessive multi chorus's in Roger Davies' songs, they're all pretty short and sweet and to the point. During his two club length sets at Bob Chiswick's Monday Music Club at The Regent, he managed to pack in a total of twenty-three songs of which there were only two covers, Bernard Wrigley's tribute to Dame Nellie Melba (no, not Kate Rusby Mr Harding) in Knocking Nellie and a Hugh Moffat song made popular by the late Johnny Cash, Rose of My Heart. The rest were all his.
Harvey Andrews apparently said of Davies "The best thing I've seen in 20 years. That lad has everything" pretty much my opinion really it has to be said. I suspect Roger has a wry sense of humour, evident in songs such as Beer Belly Blues where he name checks literally dozens of pubs, possibly a Guinness Book of World Records amount of pubs, and all in one song, as he tells of how he gained his beer belly, even though he is a tall slender slip of a lad with hardly 'owt on him. Allan Wilkinson (Northern Sky)
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