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Robb Johnson

"Britain's finest songwriter since Richard Thompson"- Venue

"Love songs as touching as the political material is sharp." - Red Pepper

"The real deal when it comes to songwriting" - Mike Harding, BBC Radio2

"An English original" - Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“One of this country’s most important songwriters (no argument!)” -(fRoots)

"There is no songwriter to compare with Robb Johnson operating in the UK" - R2

"One of the best" - Maverick

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Robb Johnson

Robb Johnson is now widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend Roy Bailey to acclaimed cabaret diva Barb Jungr, & he enjoys a similarly diverse spectrum of critical acclaim – “a modern-day Dostoyevsky” said the US’s Dirty Linen, Mojo made the double CD Gentle Men Folk Album Of The Month, while The Daily Telegraph made it their Folk Album Of 1998, & Tony Benn said Johnson’s “Winter Turns To Spring” was his favourite song.

He has played pubs, clubs, pavements, pickets & benefits, arts centres & festivals, local radio, BBC Radio 3 & 4, Belgian Radio 1, Nicaraguan TV & Channel 4, the Albert Hole in Bristol &, as part of Roy Bailey’s 1998 concert, the Albert Hall in London. In February 2006 Robb appeared at the Barbican as part of the prestigious BBC “Folk Britannia” series, where “for the encore, Robb Johnson leads all the artists (and the audience) in the World War I song (‘Hanging On The Old Barbed Wire’)” (BBC Folk Britannia website) in a concert that was screened later that month on BBC4. Earlier this year Robb was the featured guest on Andy Kershaw’s Radio 3 programme. Robb also plays extensively in Belgium, Holland & Germany, & he has toured Britain supporting Chumbawamba, & the US with David Rovics.


Robb Johnson singing 'Undefeated'

"One of Britain's most challenging songwriters." - The Daily Telegraph

"Great song - wish I'd written it!"- Tom Robinson

Robb Johnson totally unplugged singing Alice Annie Wheeldon.

"The UK’s most consistently strong songwriter" - Sean McGhee, Rock'n'Reel

"Creator of some of the most potent songs of the last decade" - fRoots

"His songs are incisive and clever and witty and you can sing them on your way to work."
- Boff, Chumbawamba

Released 29th September 2016

My Best Regards, a new album of 13 songs, is due to be released on September 29th. It features pianist Jenny Carr and bassist John Forrester, who worked together on 2013’s recording of Gentle Men, and Robb’s son Arvin on drums and percussion. The songs cover a wide spectrum of subjects; from the personal to the political, and the shared points in between; from birthdays to migrations; from late night bus stops to the Sidmouth promenade; from Babbacombe Model Village to Franz Kafka and Prague; and involve among others new babies in Hollingdean,  MPs’ 10% pay rises, and Turkish red wine and charity shops in Broadstairs. The album also contains different versions of three of the songs – two recorded with Brighton’s Hullabaloo Quire, and one song, When the Tide Comes in, recorded with the Palestinian singer Reem Kelani.

My Best Regards



Tour Dates

Saturday 27th August
Live@Langhams, Langham Brewery, The Granary, Langham Lane, Lodsworth, West Sussex GU28 9BU

Saturday 3rd September
The George Payne, 28 Payne Avenue, Hove BN3 5HB

Monday 5th September
The Tramshed, Clare Road, Cardiff CF11 6QP
Part of the JC4PM tour

Sunday 11th September, 5-7pm
The Little Albion Inn, 40 St Peters Road, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2AP Free

Thursday 15th September
Bristol (details to follow)
Part of the JC4PM tour

Sunday 25th September, 7:30 pm
South Downs Festival
The Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1BL

Friday 30th September
The Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Saturday 1st October (matinee)
The Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7AN

Sunday 2nd October
The Folk House, 40a Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG

Sunday 9th October, 2.30 pm
The Prince Albert, 48 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ED

Tuesday 11th October
The Green Room Theatre, Behind the Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG

Thursday 13th October
Katie Fitzgerald's, 187 Enville Street, Stourbridge DY8 3TB

Friday 14th October
Gregson Lane Folk Club, Nets Bar, Gregson Lane, Hoghton, Lancashire PR5 0FD

Saturday 15th October
The Castle, High Street, Porlock, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8PY

Sunday 16th October
The Crown & Sceptre, 98 Horns Road, Stroud GL5 1EG

Thursday 20th October
The Musician, 42 Crafton St W, Leicester LE1 2DE

Friday 21st October
The Maypole Theatre , 42 Brook Street, Derby DE1 3PH

Saturday 22nd October
Hartlepool Folk Festival

Saturday 27th November, 9pm
Guest on Kent Folk, BBC Radio Kent folk programme presented by Doug Welch

Wednesday 26th October
Exeter Street Hall fundraiser, 16-17 Exeter Street, Brighton BN1 5PG

Friday 28th October
t'Eye, Belsele, Belgium

Sunday 6th November, 2pm
The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Swanage BH19 3LF

Thursday 10th November
The Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2LB

Saturday 12th November
Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood Street, Bolton BL1 1DY

Sunday 13th November
The Kitchen Garden Cafe, 17 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA

Saturday 19th November
Lodsworth Village Hall, Heath End Lane, Lodsworth, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9BY