Inspired by the timeless work of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom amongst many others, Robin colours in his songs about love and life with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, double bass, organ, percussion toys and any other instruments he can afford and fit into his little east London studio.

His music has been described as ‘gently experimental nu-folk’ and compared to Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson and Harry Chaplin – he is a bit distressed by the misspelling of the word ‘new’ and has no idea who Harry Chaplin is.

With other hats on, Robin devised and performs a show called ‘Three Acres And A Cow, A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story‘, has been undertaking musical cycling pilgrimages under the rubric of ‘Pedal Folk‘ and is starting to take a little interest in politics.

With his live show, Robin has graced the boards of Cecil Sharpe House, The Southbank Centre, Wilton Music Hall and The Union Chapel as well as performing closer to the earth around London’s gardens; King Henry’s Walk, The Urban Physic Garden, The Centre For Wildlife Gardening and Dalston Eastern Curve to name but a few.

Robin has released four albums receiving excellent reviews in the blogsphere and winning fans as far away as Brazil, Korea and Russia.


The Londonist
“Robin Grey has a lovely fresh approach to the folk genre. A honeyed yet clear voice and his lyrics are arresting. A real treasure.”    from http://www.londonist.com/.

“Robin Grey will not need to do too much to prove himself an incendiary artist in the world of folk music. There is literature in his words and his calmly exquisite mannerisms seem to bring you back to a simpler time and place.”
from http://www.fensepost.com/.

Stop Okay Go
“Beautiful songs, the thoughtful Grey sings in a deep English voice that gives his songs a sweeping and poetic quality.”
from http://stopokaygo.typepad.com/.

Another Form of Relief
“Grey is one of those wonderful talents that could recite the phone directory on record and you’d still be enthralled.”
from http://www.anotherformofrelief.com/.

Song by Toad
“Bluesy and folky, with enough embellishment to add texture, but which never detracts from the gentle strum of the guitar and raspy, but not growling quality of his voice. It is minimal, but it’s not sparse, and it may be a bit DIY, but it’s not amateurish, and it may not grab you instantly, but it’s a really bloody good album.”   from http://www.songbytoad.com/.

The Fabulist
“Robin Grey’s songs evoke long dusty road trips, wailing harmonicas and train tracks. This morning his These Days was the exact straight-ahead-pushing theme to set me off on the road. If you need walking, moving, or travelling let’s-get-this-show-on-the-road music, Robin’s folk harem of musical instruments will set you well on your way.”
from http://www.fabulist.org/.

The Camden New Journal
“The poetic mastery of Grey’s anti-folk tales is a joy to behold.”  from http://www.cnj.co.uk/.

“…a hidden treasure of the European underground … (Strangers With Shoes is) a thing of complete and utter beauty.”
from http://www.fensepost.com

Catching The Waves
“…in case I haven’t made myself clear, Robin Grey has talent coming out of his ears.”
from http://soundthefreetrumpet.typepad.com/

“I can’t help but just be thankful to be alive …I’ll probably keep (Strangers With Shoes) on repeat for about three weeks.”
from http://www.unpeeled.net/

Music Liberation
“Strangers With Shoes is about to enjoy an extended residency on my ipod play list this year …(Robin’s) every day commentary of normal life inject a refreshing shot of energy into a genre which can sometimes get bogged down with too much heavy emotion and feelings.”    from http://musicliberation.blogspot.com/

“Grey masterfully expresses his thoughts without shoving it down your throat.”
from http://www.frostclick.com/

J’s Live Journal
По большому счету, если бы этот альбом попался мне среди “платников”, он вряд ли попал бы в “альбомы года”, но заметным явлением стал бы наверняка – что уж говорить о “бесплатниках”, среди которых работы подобного качества попадаются крайне редко – причем здесь стоит отметить как самого Робина, сыгравшего на многочисленных струнных, клавишных и ударных инструментах, но и о его приглашенных на одну-две песни соратниках: молодцы все.
from http://j-j-j.livejournal.com/

The band

Candy Parfitt (vocals)

barbara bartz (violin)

Catilin Roberts (accordion)

Tori Handsley (harp)

Jane South (accordion and flute)

Joe Allen (drums and percussion)

Iain Macleod (banjo and guitar)

Amy Bowles (bass and guitar)

Ben Oliver (keys)

Jamendo : Free music

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  1. Evening Robin,

    There’s coverage of your “Strangers In Shoes” release on our Albums page just now and a mention on the frontpage as well.


    @ Unpeeled

  2. Congratulations Robin Grey,

    The following songs have already been added to BBS 24-hour Music Stream (as of March 16th, 2010):

    “Younger Looking Skin”
    “Shakes and Shudders”
    “Roses From Africa”

    You are linked to:


    Your music can now be heard at this link: http://www.bbsradio.com/bbs_24hour_music.php

    Your links, mentioned above, will be located here: http://www.bbsradio.com/music_artists.php

    We will be rotating a graphic of your CD cover on BBSRadio.com’s home page (rotating with other musician’s CD’s) for approx two more weeks (upper left corner)! http://www.bbsradio.com

    Your music will be in rotation for approximately 12 months, with each song spinning between 2-10 times a day!

    Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at doug@bbsradio.com


    Douglas Newsom
    Music Dept.

    BBS Network (BBS Radio)
    5167 Toyon Lane
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