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Posted By: Stilly River Sage
24-Nov-18 - 10:44 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Roy Bailey (1935-2018)
Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Bailey (1935-2018)

Roy Bailey, folk singer who toured with Tony Benn obituary

Roy Bailey, who has died aged 83, was a leading figure on the British folk music scene for more than 50 years, greatly heralded for the warmth and clarity of his voice and a wide repertoire of songs that most often reflected his staunchly socialist ideals.

He worked with many other leading folk music figures, notably Martin Carthy, Leon Rosselson, Billy Bragg, Dave Swarbrick, and his son-in-law Martin Simpson, although his most celebrated collaborations were with the late Labour MP, Tony Benn.

They met in 1974 and, discovering plenty of common ground in their political outlook, formulated a show together called The Writing on the Wall. This involved Benn telling entertaining anecdotes about historical...

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