Biography

 

Geoff lives in Shropshire. He has made quite a name for himself as a singer, performer and songwriter on the folk club, local pub and festival circuit. Formerly part of the very popular duo, "Bit on the Side", who made one CD, "Running through the heart" featuring 6 of Geoff's own songs, he is now mostly performing solo.


Geoff moved to Shropshire in April 2010 and is back performing at local pubs, sessions, open mics and even care homes and busking.

Geoff's own songs have proved particularly popular with many audiences around the country and he has had considerable success in songwriting competitions. He was runner up at the Poynton Folk Festival and has twice been a semi finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition.

 In particular his songs reflect his own personal experience and interests, they are often laced with humour and passion; the mining industry, Newcastle United and the Angel of the North all get a mention, as does his commitment to justice and fair trade, with many songs being based in the North East of England where Geoff was brought up.

Geoff also does 'cover' versions of other people's songs, from Bob Dylan, (who else), to Lindisfarne, (Alan Hull once bought him a beer), and Creedence Clearwater Revival, (his teenage rock heroes), to Jez Lowe, (a contemporary of Geoff's at the Nursery Inn, Hartlepool).

He was born in "(British) West Hartlepool" and has lived in Leeds, Bradford, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields, Cambridge, Clitheroe, Leek, Newcastle under Lyme, Spalding, Ludlow and now lives in Shrewsbury.

 His parents were very involved in Amateur Dramatics and Geoff has continued that musical tradition, branching off into the Folk Clubs. Geoff has always been a performer and his Dad was still singing in choirs and shows up to his death in late 2016, aged 90.

Geoff's performances vary from traditional material to contemporary songs, folk, blues, rock, pop, even the odd jazz standard can be thrown in, and plenty of variety and humour. He rarely works to a set list but being the "human juke box" that he is, he can vary his show to suit the audience.

 He has supported the likes of Vin Garbutt, Jez Lowe, Bob Fox, Ben Murray & Rosie Doonan, Ryzhome, John Kirkpatrick, The Loxley Trio, Paul Henshaw and the Scientific Simpletons, Goodbye Ohio and many more.

Instrumentally, Geoff plays acoustic instruments by Fylde including Guitar, Bouzouki and Mandolin, Ukelele (concert and baritone) and also has an Avalon guitar, and a Crafter traveller. He also plays Cajon, Mouth Organ and Whistle.

For gigs, Geoff has a superb PA system and a Roland Cube Street for power free venues.

For Tech Spec please ask but basically it's a couple of 13 amp sockets. For any bigger venues, you provide the PA and Geoff will plug into it.

If you want to sing one or two of Geoff's songs just credit him as the writer and please let him know.

Geoff has had songs played on local radio and folk programmes.

He has also written a children's Nativity Play with 6 original songs and Narrative, please email for more details.

Geoff is a member of the Musician's Union and has Public Liability Insurance, and also DBS (CRB) clearance.

Among his other interests are VW vans, mountain biking, fly fishing, malt whisky, red wine, seafood and Hoegaarden beer.


Created by Geoff Rodgers