Ropery Hall welcomes acoustic pop group Roger Davies and His Band

Roger Davies, one of today’s most engaging songwriters through four solo albums and performances around the country is playing at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall later this month.

Roger, who hails from Brighouse in West Yorkshire, will be performing alongside his own group.

“Inspiration to form his own group came about after he accompanied folk and rock legends Fairport Convention on a 30 date UK tour in 2016 performing in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues,” explained Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“Roger and his band are an acoustic pop rock group performing original material which is guaranteed to please,” she went on. “The audience can expect music from their forthcoming album which is released on April 21 as well as a selection of Roger’s signature songs including Into The Sun, Wear Your Poppy With Pride, Brighouse On Saturday Night and Time Goes By.”

Just after the gig that is taking place on Saturday, March 17, Roger – a man of many talents – will be presenting a special exhibition of original drawings and paintings at a Brighouse gallery.

A graduate of Batley School of Art and the recipient of the John James Hamer Award from the Huddersfield Art Society, Roger’s pictures are inspired by his songs and his experiences as a working musician.

The exhibition celebrates aspects of his hometown in much of his work. Familiar scenes depict people, shop fronts, pubs and other buildings in a style which demonstrates a flair and enthusiasm for the subject which is uniquely his own.

The exhibition also includes artwork inspired by Peter Brook, the late Pennine Landscape Painter whom Roger befriended after writing a song about the famous local artist.

Roger considers his music and artwork to be a real labour of love: “I like to draw and paint pictures which end up looking a bit like drawings, a bit like prints and a bit like paintings all at the same time. You could say the style is quite simplistic, almost childlike and I’d agree. The artwork, like my music, is ultimately celebratory and intended to inspire, inform and entertain.”

Tickets to see Roger perform cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from the Craft Gallery at The Ropewalk or by calling 01652 660380.

 

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