Robb Johnson

Date/Time Sun 13 Jan 2013 7:45 PM

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Johnson began his musical career playing in folk clubs in the 1970s and ran a folk club at the University of Sussex before forming a band called Grubstreet which split up in 1983.

Two years later he made his first solo album, setting up his own label on which to release it, before forming an agitprop group, The Ministry of Humour, with Mark Shilcock and Graham Barnes. After the break-up of this act and a failed attempt at forming a new electric band he returned to performing solo and also formed a duo with female singer Pip Collings.

In 1997 he composed the song cycle Gentle Men, based on the experiences of his grandfathers in the First World War. The song cycle was recorded by Johnson in collaboration with Roy Bailey and performed at the commemorative Passchendaele Peace Concert.

He remains active and has released at least one album each year since 2000 as well as playing regular gigs, benefits and political events. In 2006 he was a special guest at the BBC’s “Folk Britannia” concert at the Barbican Centre, ending the night with a rendition of World War I song “Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire”.