Bob Lewis

Bob Lewis grew up in Heyshott in West Sussex, an area that is renowned as an area where English traditional song and music still thrives as a living tradition. When he first married he moved a short way to Elsted where he worked as an agricultural engineer. Local singers would often have a sing-song in the local pub. Someone might say, 'Give us that old song, George' or whatever. Quite a lot of the week he was away at farm sales, up and down the country, up into Yorkshire and down into Cornwall and he’d meet up with all sorts and have a sing-song somewhere - a few pints and a bit of a sing. The mainstay of what Bob sings is old Sussex but he also has songs from down in Cornwall where he spent some time. His first recordings were for Karl Dallas on the Transatlantic label but he has also recorded for John Howson on Veteran and a recent solo CD The Painful Plough on the Foxide label.