“One of the great folksingers of the world”
Bill Hauritz, Director, Woodford Festival
For more than 50 years, Roy Bailey has been one of the UK Folk & Acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers. From his early days performing skiffle in student union bars, to his love of traditional songs and the stories they tell, on to developing a unique repertoire of songs of dissent and hope, he has performed on stages, TV and radio all over the world. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for Services to Folk Music – an Award he later returned in protest at the Blair Government’s Foreign Policy. In the 1970s Roy joined forces with Tony Benn to present their show ‘The Writing on the Wall’ for which the duo won Best Live Act at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2003. Now with more than 50 years as a performer, Roy is as compelling, entertaining, thought provoking and moving as ever before.
Roy has also pursued a distinguished academic career. He has lectured in Universities and Colleges in Britain, Canada and Australia. He has now retired from academic life and is an Emeritus Professor of Sheffield Hallam University. In 1989 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
“… as powerful as anything I’d heard by The Clash – it was Roy’s voice, the strength of it and the compassion in it.” Billy Bragg
Roy represents “the very soul of folk’s working class ideals – a triumphal homage to the grass roots folk scene as a radical alternative to the mainstream music industry.” MOJO
Introducing Roy at his highly successful Royal Albert Hall concert in 1998 CHRIS SMITH, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, described Roy as “one of folk music’s finest performers and one of the world’s best carriers of the people’s message.”
“…the greatest socialist folksinger of his generation” Tony Benn.