Roy Bailey (folk singer)
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Colin Irwin from the music magazine Mojo said Bailey 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."
In the 2000 Honours List, he received the MBE for services to folk music. On 23 August 2006, he returned the MBE in protest at the United Kingdom government's foreign policy with regard to Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. By doing so he joined the list of people who have declined a British honour.
In 2003, Bailey together with Tony Benn were awarded "Best Live Act" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for their programme Writing on the Wall. Tony Benn cites Roy Bailey as "the greatest socialist folk singer of his generation."
He contributed vocals to Chumbawamba's 2008 album' The Boy Bands Have Won', on the track 'Word Bomber', a song about the London suicide attacks in 2005. He also joined the band on stage to sing the song, on their farewell show in October 2012, in Leeds.
Roy Bailey is an Emeritus Professor of Social Studies at Sheffield Hallam University and the patron of the Towersey Village Festival and the Shepley Spring Festival. He is also the father in law of singer Martin Simpson
- The Roy Bailey Homepage Brief biography, newsletter, reviews, discography, and concert diary.
- exclusive and indepth interview with Roy Bailey An exclusive and indepth interview with Roy Bailey from August 2006
- Songs of Life from a Dying British Empire (1981) Album Details at Smithsonian Folkways
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