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Robb Johnson


Robb Johnson

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See here for Murder at the Grange - a festive whodunnit featuring a cast of Irregulars, available throughout late November and December.

Robb Johnson says he’s just a bloke with a guitar. He is. But he’s one who has chronicled our times: painting the less-than-sunny political landscape in the moonlight of the personal. Just like a folk singer should.

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

"An English original" - Robin Denselow, The Guardian

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

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

“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

Robb Johnson - The Future Starts Here from Tony Judge on Vimeo.

Robb Johnson is widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest songwriters.  “An English original”, (Robin Denselow, The Guardian) ... “one of our best singer-songwriters ever” (Mike Harding). He gigs in the UK, Belgium, Germany & the USA, & his songs are covered by many singers, 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.

My Best RegardsHe 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. Robb has been the featured guest on Andy Kershaw’s Radio 3 programme.

In 2016, PM Press in the US released A Reasonable History of Impossible Demands, a 5 CD career-retrospective. 2016 also saw the release of My Best Regards, an album of 13 new songs recorded with Jenny Carr (piano), John Forrester (bass) & Robb’s son Arvin on drums, & featuring collaborations with Brighton’s Hullabaloo Quire & Palestinian singer Reem Kelani. In 2017 Robb released Songs From the Last Seven Years, a collection of songs written in response to recent events from the election of the Condem government to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Gentle Men and Ordinary Giants - details of Robb's 2 song suites about the First and the Second World war respectively, based on the experiences of his grandfather and his father


Dates 2024

See Robb's own website for a full gig-list.

Sun 2nd June
Geen Note London Matinee - 2pm

Green Note, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN