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ROBB JOHNSON at EFC / Edinburgh Folk Club
The Pleasance Cabaret Bar
Edinburgh United Kingdom
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ROBB JOHNSON at EFC / Edinburgh Folk Club
Robb Johnson is now 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 Roy Bailey to acclaimed cabaret diva Barb Jungr, and he enjoys a similarly diverse spectrum of critical acclaim  a modern-day Dostoyevsky (Dirty Linen mag, USA), Mojo made the double CD Gentle Men Folk Album Of The Month (1997), while The Daily Telegraph made it their Folk Album Of 1998, and the late Tony Benn said Johnsons Winter Turns To Spring was his favourite song.

Johnson has played pubs, clubs, pavements, pickets and benefits, arts centres and festivals, local radio, BBC Radios 3 and 4, Belgian Radio 1, Nicaraguan TV and Channel 4 TV and London's Albert Hall. 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 also plays extensively in Belgium, Holland and Germany and he has toured Britain supporting Chumbawamba and the US with David Rovics.

Robb has worked with a variety of bands, with friend and fellow songwriter Leon Rosselson, as well as solo. In 1997 Robb wrote the song suite Gentle Men, an ambitious family history of the First World War for the Passendale Peace Concert, where the musicians were a jazz combo led by Belgian jazz legend Koen De Cauter, and he subsequently toured it successfully in Britain. Robbs album Metro (released in September 2005) featured piano accompaniment by the late Russel Churney, who had previously worked with Julian Clary, Barb Jungr and Fascinating Aida. Again, the album received widespread praise in both music and national press: unquestionably classy... excellent songs (that) show again what a fine, if provocative writer Johnson is (The Daily Telegraph).

His label Irregular Records has also facilitated releases by a variety of song-orientated artists, including an album celebrating the work of Jacques Brel that has done much to focus a renewed interest in the chanson genre. He has translated several of Brels songs and performed concerts celebrating Brels life and work. Robb has also co-written Woman, a biography of Yoko Ono, published by Chrome Dreams.


The Pleasance Cabaret Bar (View)
60 Pleasance
Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
United Kingdom


Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Edinburgh Folk Club
On BPT Since: Jul 05, 2017
John Barrow


Mel M.
Edinburgh United Kingdom
Jun 20, 2018 6:50 AM

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