What might you expect if Roger plays for you…….
Roger has many elements to his performances
For the children
Roger will perform songs from his own repertoire, also many traditional nursery rhymes and other selected contemporary children’s songs. Roger has a verity of influences he can choose from when performing to children including children’s song-writers Huddy ledbetter (Leadbelly) Ralph McTell, Craig Smith “The Wonkey Donkey”, Peter Combe “Monkey in the Tea Pot”, and Ice Age “Walk the Dinosaur”
Roger created the Sing Out Kiwi children’s songs writing programme for school children and has many of these songs committed to memory ready to perform to children and adults.
Roger is an early childhood educator and working with student teachers since 1994 he introduced ukulele as an instrument of choice for early childhood teacher trainees. This has proved to be most successful and on may occasions Roger teaches children how to play the ukulele and undertakes tuition performance in the Nelson library and schools, he has a resident tutorial teaching ukulele to the children of Appleby School.
For the Adults
Roger has a head full of ballads or bush poems ready to be performed at the drop of a hat. Rogers influences are many including Banjo Patterson, Robert Service, and Australian poet Milton Taylor. Roger is an award winning bush poet Balladeer winning the 1994 tittle of NZ’s most humorous speaker for Toastmasters with is own poem “The Optimist”.
Roger performs regularly for corporate functions and service groups meetings. He has performed his poems at many of the Folk Music Festivals throughout New Zealand and has supported and managed the Maniototo Bards Ballads and Bulldust Festival started by folk singer Phil Garland at Naseby.
Roger is a folk singer-songwriter and has been writing and performing his own material for over 30 years. Many of the songs are related to birth home area of Central Otago. Songs stepped in the history of our con tries early settlers and gold monitors. with songs of the cattle musters off The Old Man Range behind Roxburgh in Central Otago, Roger can entertain with his ballads and love songs of our people and our country.
He has performed his songs in the Australia, the Orkney Islands and Homer Alaska Wellington all the South Island folk music festivals.
A sample of his songs The Junction Run