The Jovial Priest
Celebrating the life and times of New Bradwell’s eccentric priest
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.
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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