host of Brolly & Friends
Multi award winning TV and BBC Radio host Bob Brolly MBE.
Bob Brolly was born in Derry, Northern Ireland where he spent the first fifteen years of his life. The family then uprooted and moved to Coventry, England where he continues to live.
As a very young boy growing up in Ireland, Bob spent many years singing in the choir at the Waterside Chapel in Derry so singing was something that Bob has done from a very early age.
Bob formed a band in which he was the drummer and the lead singer and, after many different ‘line-ups’ he found his forté as the singer fronting the band. The band, known as Calvary, toured the world, as far away as Australia and America and played gigs all over Europe.
Bob’s younger brother, Paul, who travelled everywhere with Bob as his sound engineer/driver, tragically broke his neck in a horrific car crash and was paralysed from the neck down. Paul lives with Bob at his home in Coventry, and it is here you will find Paul – unless he is away on holiday. As Bob often says, “Have wheelchair, will travel!”
In the last few years, Bob’s live show has had a complete change of musical direction in that because of his love of country music and his native Ireland, he now combines his favourite Irish tunes with songs from country artists, old and new, his favourite singers being Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill. Bob is very much in demand, having performed in some of the top venues such as London’s famous Wembley Arena, the Legendary Galtymore, Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena and the world famous Symphony Hall also in Birmingham.
After driving down to Romford and meeting Phil and Bridget Mack, Bob decided to join Keep it Country TV which of course is now, the very successful Spotlight TV (long may it continue).
Bob has won many major awards including ‘Irish World Radio Personality of the Year and ‘Irish Post Media Person of the Year’.In 2003, Bob was awarded an MBE for services to Broadcasting with the BBC, and also the wonderful work he does for charities having raised over £2m. Bob was invited to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE.
Bob was granted an Apostolic Blessing from Pope John for his fundraising efforts. This remained the most prestigious award he could have ever received in his late mother’s opinion. RIP Phylis.
In recognition of his charity work Bob was awarded ‘Mayo Person of the Year’ in 2006.
Although Bob loves being a radio and tv presenter, he has often said that the thrill of walking on stage, singing a few old songs and making people happy still gives him the greatest satisfaction of all – to which many, many people would certainly agree.