Roy Bailey (folk singer)

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Roy Bailey at Bromyard Folk Festival, 2007

Roy Bailey MBE (born 20 October 1935, London), is an English socialist folk singer. Roy began his singing career in a skiffle group in 1958.

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 2005 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 Ron Bailey as "the greatest socialist folk singer of his generation."

He performs a number of songs by the American singer-songwriter Si Kahn and is also renowned as a singer of children's songs, often using material written by his old partner Leon Rosselson.

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.

Ron 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


A. Albums: Smoke and Dust where the Heart Should have Been. (3 City 4) CBS 1965 Oats & Beans & Kangaroos (children) Fontana Records SFL13061 1968 Cobweb of Dreams Acorn Records CF305 1969 Roy Bailey Trailer Records LER 3021 1971 That's Not The Way It's Got To Be (with Leon Rosselson) Fuse Records CF 251 1975 Love, Loneliness & Laundry (with Leon Rosselson) Fuse Records CF 1976 New Bell Wake Fuse Records CF262 1977 If I Knew Who the Enemy Was CF284 (with Leon Rosselson) 1979

Hard Times Fuse Records CF382 1982 Freedom Peacefully Fuse Records CF386 1986 Leaves From a Tree Fuse Records CF394 1988 Why Does It Have To Be Me? (children) Fuse CF396

B. CDs: Why Does It Have To Be Me? (childre) Fuse CFCD 396 1990 Never Leave A Story Unsung Fuse CFCD398 1991 What You Do With What You've Got Fuse CFCD 399 1992 Business As Usual Fuse CFCD 400 1994 Rhythm & Reds (Band of Hope) Musikfolk MFO512 1994 New Directions in the Old Fuse CFCD 402 1999 New Bell Wake Fuse CFCD 262 1999 Gentle Men (Paschendale Peace Concert) Irregular Records 1998 Past Masters Fuse CFCD 403 1998 Coda Fuse CFCD 2000 Up the Wooden Hill (children) Fuse CFCD 170201 2002 Writing on the Wall (with Tony Benn) Fuse CFCD 405 2004 Sit Down and Sing Fuse CFCD 406 2005 Below the Radae Fuse CFCD 407 Smoke & Dust Where the Heart Should Have Been (3 City 4) CBS/Fuse 2010 Tomorrow (children) Fuse CFCD 408 2010

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