'A new venture in performing the folk songs of the North East comes from Roly Veitch, native of Blaydon. The result is a gentle sound, his own warm singing voice accompanied by expert, light guitar playing.
What is distinctive about his style is the new settings for the tunes, more harmonically adventurous than the usual chord patterns, but sounding a treat. He has
a style which impresses me as genuinely original and lovely guitar playing to boot'.
Bill Griffiths of the Durham & Tyneside Dialect Research Group, July 2002.
'Roly resolutely cranks down the volume in his characteristic style, has adapted the songs with sensitivity, wit and an unforced Blaydon dialect. He sheds new light on old tunes'.
Judith Murphy - Northern Review, volume 14/2004.
'We've always felt there's a subtler, gentler, sadder side to these songs, and a wittier one too, that didn't quite find its place. Now we have a recording that really satisfies us. It has the wit; it also has that more haunting, delicate side we've never found before in a collection of Tyneside songs'.
UA Fanthorpe (poet) & Dr RV Bailey (UA chose my version of 'Keep your feet still Geordie Hinny' for her Radio 4 Desert Island Discs selection in May, 2004).
'A better overview of the unique Tyneside song tradition would be hard to find'.
The Living Tradition Magazine - issue 139 June/July 2021 (re. Geordie Odyssey album).