Roger gained his nickname, The Yorkshire Songwriter, over ten years ago when his expertly crafted songs celebrating life in God’s own county first became popular in the folk clubs around Kirklees and Calderdale. However, the songwriter’s club bookings soon began to take him further afield and he found himself playing festivals and concert halls all around the UK. A succession of CD releases were snapped up by his fans and his music found it’s way onto many radio playlists including at BBC Two where he has become a regular guest on various Folk Hours over the past decade and a bit. In 2015, Roger shared the stage with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band [ who had previously appeared on his third album, The Busker ] and went on to complete a thirty date tour supporting the legendary Fairport Convention before releasing his eighth CD, Local Radio in January 2016. Roger’s 2014 single “Wear your poppy with pride” has raised thousands of pounds for the British Legion Poppy Appeal and another of his songs “1000 Tears” was used last Christmas for the West Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership’s Anti-Drink Driving Canpaign. Not bad going for a self-taught musician who started out by writing about his hometown, his favourite artist and the joy of having a Wilcos nearby! Watching Roger on stage, it soon becomes obvious why the man commands such a strong following and we are extremely pleased to welcome the Yorkshire Songwriter to be our first guest of 2017. Why not click on the link below to learn more about Roger, check out his merchandise store or simply enjoy the videos which are brilliant.