This is how Bob describes the CD which he produced to share his knowledge of the Romani language and culture:
"Juki, Lee & Gary contributed their lyrics to three of the songs. thus giving the CD an international flavour. So I honour my Prala.
So I thought about what other songs & tried to chose Traditional songs that I play and relate directly to the Romani/Traveller/Tinker way of life as it once was in the UK, and elsewhere.
Plus one or two originals of mine, one in honour of my father and one about a tramp who was rather well known here in New Zealand, who I met a few times when I was a chavo.
I've called it Rokkraben O Gillia which means Talking the Songs, as I introduce myself in my Romanes then Englis, h plus I introduce each song that way as well with as few words as possible.
Then I say Farewell in Romanes.
My main reason for sending it to the BBC Kent website, is because I feel some will enjoy listening to it, some may even learn from it, but most of all, if it gets just one young Romani person, thinking, 'Hey! If old Bob can do that, then so can I'
then it's all worth it."
The CD can be obtained from Valley Stream Media:
Tel: 01492 572614
Fax: 01492 584287