BRIGHOUSE musician Roger Davies hopes the title of his album - ‘Songs in Plain English’ - will speak for itself.
Ten months in the making, the album is being launched at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, on April 20.
Roger, who grew up in Clifton and attended Brighouse High School, wrote 18 new songs for the album but whittled the playlist down to ten of the best. “Each song is on the album for a reason and tells its own story. I went for ‘all killer, no filler’ and I think I’ve got it this time.”
Recorded at the Park Head Studio in Birdsedge, ‘Songs in Plain English’ contains a number of ‘Yorkshire songs’ including numbers about Judy Woods at Norwood Green, cats’ eye inventor Percy Shaw, the ghost of Lily Fogg and one called ‘Here’s to the Grog’.
“I like songs that tell a story. My songs are lyrically driven and most of them are just me and my guitar,” said Roger.
With two albums - ‘Littletown’ and ‘The Busker’ - already behind him, Roger has been fast making a name for himself as one of today’s most entertaining acoustic folk singer-songwriters. He has performed with Brighouse and Rastrick Band and poet Simon Armitage and gives songwriting workshops. The coming months will see him travelling up and down the country playing at folk festivals, folk club and arts centres but he will be back in his home town in August for a concert at Brighouse Parish Church.
“The album has been a real labour of love for me and I hope that comes across in the songs. Each song is on the album for a reason and each one tells its own true story,” said Roger.
In 2009 Roger received the Leeds Music Promotions Award for the best male solo album and he’s hoping that ‘Song in Plain English’ will not only catch the public’s attention but also prove a hit with the critics.
l Roger’s gig at Square Chapel starts at 8pm, doors open from 7pm. Tickets: 01422 349422.