A Break in the Clouds
Robb Johnson’s Official Website
Site last updated (Gigs Page, News Page): 20th October 2016
"The real deal when it comes to songwriting" - Mike Harding, BBC Radio2
"An English original" - Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“One of this country’s most
important songwriters (no argument!) … a powerfully literate emotional sensitivity at work … this is
one real essential purchase” (fRoots)
"There is no songwriter to compare with Robb Johnson operating in the UK" - R2
"One of the best" - Maverick
MY BEST REGARDS
My Best Regards, a new album of 13 songs, is due to be released on September 29th. It features
pianist Jenny Carr and bassist John Forrester, who worked together on 2013’s recording of Gentle
Men, and Robb’s son Arvin on drums and percussion.
The songs cover a wide spectrum of subjects;
from the personal to the political, and the shared points in between; from birthdays to migrations;
from late night bus stops to the Sidmouth promenade; from Babbacombe Model Village to Franz
Kafka and Prague; and involve among others new babies in Hollingdean, MPs’ 10% pay rises, and
Turkish red wine and charity shops in Broadstairs.
The album also contains different versions of three of the songs – two recorded with Brighton’s
Hullabaloo Quire, and one song, When the Tide Comes in, recorded with the Palestinian singer
Robb says: “It is always difficult to be objective about a new album, but I think this
one may well turn out to be particularly good. And - catalogue number IRR100 - who'd have
thought we'd ever get this far? Being Irregular, IRR103 and IRR104 (by
John Forrester & Philip Jeays respectively) will have already been released by the time IRR100 comes out, and I am pretty sure we
haven't actually managed 100 releases - sometimes catalogue numbers have been given to
albums that never happened or to demo recordings. Nonetheless, still pretty good going for what
is essentially a disorganisation consisting largely of me, whichever hamster or cat is available at
the time, and the long-suffering Molly Romanov doing pro-bono work on the website."
Read the review of My Best Regards on the Living Tradition web site.
SAVE JAVAD FROM DEPORTATION!
Please read this article from the Hastings Online Times, supporting the appeal by this young man against deportation. He has been in this country for nearly ten years, since he was a child orphaned by an Iranian earthquake, and dreads the idea of returning to a country he barely remembers, and where he knows nobody. You can help him by signing the petition.
Read the article: http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/hot-topics/campaigns/save-javad-from-deportation
Sign the petition: www.supportjavad.com
Listen to Robb's song in support of Javad: https://youtu.be/Cr1bcPaLahQ
(Updated 21st September 2016)
HERE IT IS!
A five-CD career retrospective box set, plus a 64-page booklet, entitled "A Reasonable History of Impossible Demands", released by PM Press, distribution by Discovery Records, is now available in this country.
Loads of free downloads are available from the MP3s Page, and new ones are added regularly. Latest addition is "Goodnight Jerusalem", a
reflection on "the condition of Albion", Spring 2011.
A list of some of the quality videos of Robb, solo or with the Irregulars, which are available on YouTube, appears on the Videos Page (new in January 2011).
Don't miss out on a live gig near you! Keep the Gigs Page bookmarked for future reference.
For full background information on Robb, see the Biography Page. Essential reading for hard-working journalists seeking a feature article!
See photos of Robb and the Irregulars on the News Page.
Robb at Myspace
See also www.myspace.com/irregularrobbjohnson for
gig dates & new recordings.
For all UK bookings, Robb's mailing list or occasional items for direct sale, see the Contact Page.
For additional information on Robb Johnson and Irregular Records see