ROBB JOHNSON “Love songs as touching as the political material is sharp”

Date/Time Sun 22 Jan 2017 7:45 PM

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Robb Johnson is back for his biennial January slot. A local boy  (born in Isleworth) done good, he has been called “one of the last genuinely political songwriters”, and is known for his mix of political satire and wit. He has released at least one album annually for over 20 years, as well as playing regular concerts, including benefit gigs and political events.

Robb’s songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from Roy Bailey to  Barb Jungr. The US’s Dirty Linen called him “a modern-day Dostoyevsky”.  His CD Gentle Men was Mojo’s Folk Album of the Month and The Daily Telegraph’s Folk Album of 1998. “Winter Turns To Spring” was Tony Benn’s favourite song.

In 1997 Robb wrote the song suite Gentle Men, an ambitious family history of World War I for the Passchendaele Peace Concert. He subsequently toured it successfully in Britain.

Robb’s 2005 album Metro was widely praised: “unquestionably classy… excellent songs (that) show again what a fine, if provocative writer Johnson is” (The Daily Telegraph).

Here’s Robb singing “I am Not at War”: