We recorded a star-studded concert at Towersey Festival in tribute to the much-loved Roy Bailey. Now we’re producing it as a live album
Roy Bailey was a campaigner, a storyteller, a performer, an artist, a man of principle and peace, and a genius of his craft. Instrumental in the founding of Towersey Festival, he was also a long-standing regular festival performer and much-loved patron.
We wanted to come together as a festival – and a wider music scene – to celebrate his life and legacy with a tribute concert in 2019, Roy Bailey: Remembered. The concert was something truly special, and included some of the giants of today’s folk scene as well as appearances from Roy’s own family and friends.
We recorded this very special event with a separate audio feed. At first we thought we might just be recording it for festival archives, but it turned out to be an exceptional quality recording. With the blessing of everyone involved, we’ve decided to mix and produce a live album of the concert, in tribute to Roy’s extraordinary legacy Continue reading →
Having taken a few months off from writing, I was anxious to see what an older person with much life experience and social commentary thought of the new world we find ourselves in. Who better to ask than musician Roy Harper?
I caught up with him over the phone. When I initially made contact with Roy, he said that he was entirely obsessed with what he is writing and thinking at present. He afforded me a rare glimpse into the mind of an artist. He explains: “I’ve been eighteen months writing this one song. It’s a difficult song. It doesn’t sound like it should be because it’s right up my street, but it requires quite a bit of concert to stay on track with it, because of shifting social sands, you know?—the pivoting points of the moral compass sort of thing? You don’t know where you are. I mean every day I hear something that confirms or denies something that I thought I knew.
The song is a tentative emotional picture of attempted mass action, written in musical prose.”
“It’s difficult to nail this down. It’s a song called ‘Politically Correct’ (at least that’s the working title.) Where is society going to now? Where is it driving itself to in such clattering confusion?
The Hobbledehoy’s favorite banjo picker, little Nora Brown
Yo yo here’s some wild goose chase—— if you wanna hear some good tunes from a lot of good people, October 23-25 is the (virtual) Brookyn Folk Fest you can watch me at 7:30pm on Saturday. go to @bklynfolkfest for more info.