Robb Johnson  - Minimum Wages album launch tour

Robb Johnson - Minimum Wages album launch tour

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46 Pixham Lane



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Robb Johnson is widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest songwriters working in styles that encompass folk, chanson and rock.

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Robb Johnson is widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. “An English original” (Robin Denselow, The Guardian). “One of our best singer-songwriters ever” (Mike Harding). A “renowned folk-punk”(Time Out). His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend Roy Bailey to cabaret chanteuse Barb Jungr, and 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, a song suite family history of the First World War and its consequences, Album Of The Month, while The Daily Telegraph made it their Folk Album Of 1998. A revised version was recorded in 2013 to coincide with the centenary of the First World War featuring Roy Bailey Barb Jungr, and was again greeted with widespread critical acclaim.

He has played pubs, clubs, pavements, pickets and benefits, arts centres and festivals, local radio, BBC Radio 3 and 4, Belgian Radio 1, Nicaraguan TV and Channel 4, the Albert Hole in Bristol and, 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.

Minimum Wages is to be released on CD and streaming in October 2022 and is possibly the most accessible “folkish” album Robb has released this century, Minimum Wages is an album of acoustic guitar-based songs, with guest musicians adding some very lovely deft acoustic embellishments too. The album features songs about the 2020 Tolpuddle Festival, Hartlepool ASDA, the battle of Orgreave, Robb’s mum’s care worker, Robb’s bolshie great-aunt Gladys, the state of the nation, foxes, love – My Quiet Flame is surely one of Robb’s finest straightforward no-nonsense love songs – & friendship. Boff Whalley, Fae Simon & John Forrester add beautiful vocal harmonies, Jude Abbott provides trumpet & flugelhorn magic, Jason Pegg on accordion & Jenny Carr on piano add some more perfect moments, & Ali Gavan contributes supporting tasteful samples. This album will have an accompanying set, 'Bodger,My Part In His Downfall' which completes a trilogy with 'Margaret Thatcher, My Part in Her downfall and 'Tony Blair, My Part in His Downfall'.

This will be one of the first live outings for the set Robb will be touring through Autumn & into Spring 2023 so you'll be amongst the first to enjoy it.

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