It has a suitably apt title.

Renowned Brighouse singer songwriter Roger Davies has collaborated with The Durbervilles to produce ‘The Grand Depart’ a special song to celebrate the start of the Tour de France, taking place in Yorkshire this July.

And a limited edition CD of the song is helping to raise funds for the Huddersfield-based Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice: a charity which supports children with life shortening conditions and their families in the West Yorkshire area.

 

The single has also been chosen as the official song for the three-day event taking place at Lockwood Park, Huddersfield to coincide with the Tour de France weekend.

Event organiser Donal O’Driscoll said: “This is a fantastic song. It captures the excitement and anticipation beautifully. The sound is very different for Roger but the collaboration with The Durbervilles works a treat.”

Both Davies and The Durbervilles will be playing at the Lockwood Park event called TourFest.

Fellow organiser Darren Hollingworth said: “It was my job to book the 20 odd bands for the three days and I’d had Roger and The Durbervilles booked for months. This new single is the icing on the cake for us and it means there will be a rare opportunity for them to perform it live together because they’re on the same night!”

Roger Davies said: “It’s another example of how I like to write in a simple, straightforward, no-nonsense style that anyone can understand with a strong sense of place and memorable imagery.

“It’s not every day that the Tour De France passes through your own backyard so I wanted to make a positive contribution by trying to sum up the feeling of excitement and anticipation that surrounds the event. The Durbervilles, a five-piece band, have done a great job on the recording. I’m proud of the result. Their driving electric guitar riff and rich accordion complement my vocals perfectly.

“I think ‘The Grand Depart’ is my most dynamic and satisfying studio recording so far.”

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