The Jovial Priest

Celebrating the life and times of New Bradwell’s eccentric priest

The Jovial Priest CD cover
The Jovial Priest CD cover

Father Newman ‘Joey’ Guest was vicar of St James Church in New Bradwell from 1908 – 1946. The ten songs here celebrate the exuberance of Father Guest’s life and times, including both his athletic exploits and his congregation’s other dramatic entertainments…

‘An Irishman with a keen sense of the dramatic’, he incited vestry members to quarrel, the choir to strike, and announced to his congregation that those who had married in the church were living in sin as St James had not yet been properly registered – all of which is covered in Paul Clark’s ballad about him.

Track list

  1. Stantonbury Village
  2. The Ballad of Joey Guest
  3. The Penny Gaff
  4. Maria Marten
  5. Cobblers Song
  6. The Skrimp King
  7. Eastbourne
  8. The Auspicious Day
  9. Nunc Dimittis
  10. Gloria

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The Band: Brad Bradstock: percussion; Steve Cobham: guitars; Becca Hall: recorder; Rod Hall: basses; Brian Johnston: piano, synthesiser; Len Key: drums, percussion

The Singers: Chris Allin; Brad Bradstock; Paul Clark (& guitar); J Cunningham (& guitar); Marion Hill; plus members of the cast

Arranged by the musicians

Recorded at Pace Studios, Neath Hill 27th-30th October 1982; engineered by Tony Boston & Nigel Pegrum; produced by Steve Cobham & Rod Hall

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