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Folksinger Roger Davies puts his love for Huddersfield in the words of a song

PUBLISHED: 16:50 23 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:18 20 February 2013

Folksinger Roger Davies puts his love for Huddersfield in the words of a song

Folksinger Roger Davies puts his love for Huddersfield in the words of a song

A singer says thank you to a West Yorkshire town that has been good to him

Roger in concert

May 11th-13th: Holmfirth Festival of Folk

June 16th: Beverley Festival

August 26th: Galtres Festival, York

August 30th: Brighouse Arts Festival

October 5th: Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

My kind of town is Chicago or so the song goes but folk singer-song writer Roger Davies has other ideas. Huddersfield is his kind of place and hes celebrated his affection for the West Yorkshire town in music and in video on YouTube.


It all began with a bout of homesickness six years ago while he was working in Brighton. It was so acute I returned home and began composing songs such as Huddersfield Town and Brighouse on Saturday Night, said Roger. He also wrote a song about local artist Peter Brook called Peter Brooks Paintings, then went on to write about Percy Shaw the Halifax inventor of catseyes. Next he composed The Ghost of Lily Fogg, Bradford Girl, White Roses, and Into the Sun, all of which have helped Roger establish himself as one of todays most entertaining contemporary folk singer- songwriters.


I started writing songs about Yorkshire after I became really homesick while I was working in Brighton.


I loved the work there teaching song writing to young people but I decided to come home to Brighouse.


I wanted to write songs about West Yorkshire, it was a way of conveying how I felt. I wrote Huddersfield Town and Saturday Night in Brighouse. I wanted to create a body of work about Yorkshire, tell its stories in song.


Everything I feel for Huddersfield is in the song Huddersfield Town; its a town that has been very good to me. Its a vibrant place, I have great times there.


Roger also runs song-writing workshops in primary and secondary schools. He has co-written a number of new songs with pupils from Holmfirth High School for the Holme Valley Songs Project which will be performed by them at a special concert at Holmfirth Festival of Folk on Saturday, May 12th in Holmfirth Parish Church.


Sing a long with Roger

Huddersfield Town
If youre ever up my way or youre passing through
Take the A629 off the M62
Im a local lad so youll understand
I know those roads like the back of my hand
If youre out on your own or youre lost and alone
If you like I could show you around
As the moon comes up and the sun goes down
Over Huddersfield Town
From the George Hotel to the Library
Down by Station Street or in the LBT
Most afternoons Ill be hangin around there
You can meet me on a bench in St. Georges Square
Of an evening we will ride upon Castle Hill
And have one long lazy look around
As the moon comes up and the sun goes down
Over Huddersfield Town
Now you see no matter how far we decide to sail
Home to me will always be Kirklees and Calderdale
Cathy came up from down south someplace
She brought a carry all and her guitar case
She cadged the time off the local cops
She made some change singing songs in the coffee shops
I heard her say it was far and away the most beautiful place shed found
As the moon rose up and the sun went down
Over Huddersfield Town
I heard her say it was far and away the most beautiful place shed found
As the moon rose up and the sun went down
Over Huddersfield Town
Brighouse On Saturday Night
Ill tell you a story, just gather round before me
And pull yourself up a pew
This is inspired of course by a town in the north
Up where the River Calder runs through
Oh, I love it I do, I live here with you
Its not much, but for us its alright
In the Richard Oastler itll only cost you
1.25 a pint
Hey ho! Onwards we go
Marching into the moonlight
Say what you like there is nowhere quite like
Brighouse on Saturday night
Ive tried Derby and Leicester, Scunthorpe and Chester
But to me they just didnt have the charm
No it dont get much better, soon Im gonna get a
Brighouse tattoo on my arm
Oh, I love it I do, I live here with you
Its not much, but for us its a dream
Theres a load of young lovers and unmarried mothers
With an average age of 15
Hey ho! Onwards we go
Marching into the moonlight
Say what you like there is nowhere quite like
Brighouse on Saturday night
Weve got a Wetherspoons and a Wilkos, a Sainsburys and a Tescos
Jack Fultons and t Brooks Restaurant
But if their stuffs too spicy or for you too pricey
Theres a McDonalds down t road if you want
Oh, I love it I do, I live here with you
Its not much, but for us it does fine
While the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band sound fantastic
So come up and se em sometime
Hey ho! Onwards we go
Marching into the moonlight
Say what you like there is nowhere quite like
Brighouse on Saturday night


Roger Davies sings 'Huddersfield Town' taken from the album 'Northern Trash' out now on iTunes. Also available on limited edition CD from the Sounds Good Records online store: www.evinsol.co.uk/ccorder.shtml
For more information please visit: www.myspace.com/rogerdaviesmusic

Uploaded on Youtube




The print version of this article appeared in the May 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life


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