Critically-acclaimed songwriter Robb Johnson in concert
Sun 25 November, 3pm
Robb Johnson is 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 says Johnson’s “Winter Turns To Spring” is his favourite song.
He has played pubs, clubs, pavements, pickets & benefits as well as BBC Radio 3 & 4, Channel 4 and The Barbican. Robb has worked with a variety of bands as well as solo. In 1997 Robb wrote the song suite Gentle Men, an ambitious family history of the first world war for the Passendael Peace Concert, where the musicians were a jazz combo led by Belgian jazz legend Koen De Cauter. His album Metro received widespread praise in both music & national press: “unquestionably classy... excellent songs (that) show again what a fine, if provocative writer Johnson is” - The Daily Telegraph.
This concert will launch 'Ordinary Giants', a suite of songs about the generation that fought against fascism and created the Welfare State.
The real deal when it comes to songwriting - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2