Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robin Grey started his music career at the age of 5 with the help of a Fisher-Price cassette recorder and a love of singing Burt Bacharach songs to his grandma. His musical tastes soon branched out, thanks to mix tapes that arrived in the post featuring Michael Jackson and Kirsty MacColl after collecting tokens from overly sugared breakfast cereal packets.

Inspired by Leonard Cohen, R.E.M., Joanna Newsome and Milan Kundera amongst many others, he has since composed five albums of thoughtful and gently experimental folk music which have been streamed over 8m times on creative commons music portal Jamendo, winning him fans as far away as Brazil, Korea and Russia. His music has ended up in a cult Korean gay movie, a French TV comedy series and other suitably random locations.

As a live performer Robin has graced the boards of Cecil Sharpe House, Hebden Bridge Trade’s Club, The Union Chapel and numerous corners of the Glastonbury Festival, sharing stages along the way with Kae Tempest, Peggy Seeger, Nick Mulvey, Sam Lee and Ed Sheeran (who asked Robin to be in a band with him).

With other hats on, Robin devised and performs a show called ‘Three Acres And A Cow‘, teaching people about English radical history through folk songs; has been undertaking musical cycling pilgrimages under the rubric of ‘Pedal Folk‘ and also infamously serenaded David Cameron during the 2015 general election, which won him praise from Ian Hislop and Charlie Brooker plus less flattering attention from Guido Fawkes.


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.”

The Camden New Journal
“The poetic mastery of Grey’s folk tales is a joy to behold.”

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… (Only The Missile is) a really bloody good album.”

“…a hidden treasure of the European underground … (Strangers With Shoes is) a thing of complete and utter beauty.”


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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)
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  3. Hello,

    I am accordion player from Poland. I saw your add on gumtree.uk and you are looking for accordion player? I start study at the Royal Academy of Music and I need some playing to stay in London 🙂 you know, living where is expensive… For example I could work in shop or something like that but I will not improve my music skills and experience. I plays usually classical music but I like play folk music gypsy music some jazz… If you are interested in cooperation with me please sent to me e-mail or text message 07414693123

    I set to you my youtube records :

    Best wishes


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