An evening with the War Horse songman . . .
For more than 40 years Bob Fox has been regarded as one of “the iconic voices” of British folk song. Deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song prevalent in his native County Durham he has become a first rate exponent of storytelling through song.
A career that began during the vibrant “folk revival” of the 60s and 70s in England led Bob into regular and extensive touring throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand, firstly with fellow North Easterner Stu Luckley in their groundbreaking acoustic duo and later alongside such musical heavyweights as Ralph McTell, Richard Thompson, Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention.
In 1978 the Bob Fox & Stu Luckley debut LP record - “Nowt So Good’ll Pass” achieved Melody Maker Folk Album of the Year and in 2000 BOB’s solo CD “Dreams Never Leave You” was voted The Daily Telegraph’s Album of the Year.
Bob's masterful interpretation of traditional and contemporary song combined with an outstanding guitar technique has also earned him countless nominations in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards over the years.
Bob Fox has long been a favourite on the live circuit both as a solo artist and in his many highly successful collaborations which include a duo with Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne), the BBC New Radio Ballads series, The Pitmen Poets (with Jez Lowe) and most recently Bob was invited by John Tams to play the role of the folksinger/storyteller SONGMAN in The English National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of WARHORSE both in London’s West End 2011-2013, in the highly acclaimed and record breaking UK, Ireland and South Africa touring version 2013-2015 and the 10th Anniversary UK tour 2017-2019.
Don’t miss a chance to experience his warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar style and newly acquired melodeon playing skill. Expect to hear songs of love, joy, work and humour as he performs material from WarHorse, newly written songs from the New Radio Ballad series and old favourites from his many recordings.
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" . .. one of the truly great voices from the North East with musicianship second to none." - Vin Garbutt
" . .. as soon as I heard Bob Fox sing I realised he must have one of the best voices in England, I have always regarded him as an artist of great ability and integrity." - Ralph McTell
"Fox always was one of the scene's superior singers and his voice is as confident and ebullient as it ever was . .." - Colin Irwin - Folk Roots
"Bob, in my view, is a greatly under-rated singer and musician, if he were pushier he'd be up there with the Carthys and Gaughans and he could certainly teach the upcoming generation a thing or three!" - Raymon Greenoaken (Stirrings)
"Bob Fox's supreme voice is full of life and clarity . .." - New Zealand Folk Newsletter
"Bob is a local lad and blessed with one of the best voices you will ever hear. He is also a very talented musician playing guitar, piano and dulcimer. Add to that a full and varied repertoire of traditional and modern songs and plenty of good 'crack' and you can be sure of a good night." - Terry Freeman (Davylamp Folk Club)
". .. and from Bob Fox, surely one of the great voices of the whole of the Folk Revival, several definitive performances of some great songs." - John Muirhead (Living Tradition)
"Velvet voice, lovely guitar work, wonderful songs, dont miss him 'down South'." - Dartford Folk Club
" . .. a highly respected, time served popular performer." - Ray Fisher
“the most complete male folk artist on the British folk scene, his voice and singing style is envied by many of his contemporaries.” - Colin Randall (The Daily Telegraph)