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As a result of our switching from Friday nights to Thursday nights, our performances are on the Thursday before the first Friday of every month. This means that most of the time it really is the first Thursday of the month, but sometimes it is the last Thursday of the preceding month. Sorry to be difficult!

  • Friday 5th August : Robb Johnson
  • Thursday 7th September: Roy Bailey, supported by Marc Block
  • Thursday 5th October: Joe Solo


Robb Johnson: Friday 4th August 2017


In this extra Railway Roots night, during what is normally the holiday break, Robb Johnson, with his son Arv Johnson and friend John Forrester, will be premiering some songs from his next song suite "Ordinary Giants", a family history of WW2 and the Welfare State.

You expect me to write something about Robb here? If you don't know Robb, you have clearly never been to Railway Roots before - so make this your first visit, it'll be well worth it!


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Robb Johnson



ROY BAILEY: Thursday 7th September 2017


For over fifty years, Roy Bailey has been one of the UK Folk & Acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers. From his early days performing skiffle in student union bars, to his love of traditional songs and the stories they tell, onto developing a unique repertoire of songs of dissent and hope, he has performed on stages, TV and radio all over the world. Now Roy is as compelling, entertaining, thought provoking and moving as ever before.


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Supported by MARC BLOCK


Nottingham-based Marc Block is gaining a reputation as a fine songwriter and interpreter of traditional songs, and often works with Roy Bailey. His albums "The Hawthorn Spring" and " Bright and Breezy" have both received critical acclaim.

"One of the most exciting singers I have heard in a long time" – Mike Harding

"Swiftly becoming one of the key figures for songs of social justice, diversity, emotional connection and superb vocal technique on the British folk music scene today" – Nancy Kerr


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Roy Bailey

"As powerful as anything I’d heard by The Clash – it was Roy’s voice, the strength of it and the compassion in it" - Billy Bragg

"Roy 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" - Mojo

"The greatest socialist folksinger of his generation" - Tony Benn


JOE SOLO: Thursday 5th October 2017


Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

In October 2016 he was awarded the "Outstanding Songwriting" prize at Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Music Awards for his work on the album "Never Be Defeated" telling the stories of the men and women of Hatfield during the 1984-85 Miner’s Strike.

Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.

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Joe Solo

"….constantly sets a new bar for passion in performance." – The Morning Star

"The perfect protest singer." – R2 Magazine

"I heard this noise coming off the stage, I went WOW, whoever that is I've got to go and check him out and there was just this one man on the stage blowing up a storm with an acoustic guitar!" – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music