Some of the glowing reviews of Ordinary Giants: Robb Johnson – Ordinary Giants
“…This a stunning album, a brave, mammoth and entirely successful attempt to tell a story, then to use that story to cast a revealing light on a society. It uses a varied and earthy musical palette, that changes through time, nodding to the eras it describes, while managing to be cohesive and work as a whole. Robb Johnson weaves a compelling tale, enlivened with spoken pieces, sounds and humour that raises a wry smile, using a large cast to create something powerful and thought provoking … Robb Johnson is a national treasure, both for aspirational aim and his deft lightness of touch. This should be a West End Play, a TV play or required reading at GCSE…” Ordinary Giants : A Life & Times 1918 – 2018 – Robb Johnson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)
“Songwriting is the perfect vehicle for telling stories, a form able to blend poeticism, dynamic, drama, emotion and everything else need to spin a good yarn. But rarely has the music of a singer-songwriter covered such an epic slice of history. Essentially a tribute to his father, his life and the events that he lived through, Ordinary Giants is so much more…” Ordinary Giants: a review and an interview with Robb Johnson
“The release of Ordinary Giants underlines Robb Johnson’s ability to write songs of great sensitivity which address big themes through the prism of ordinary lives. Based on the life of his father, Ron Johnson, who joined the RAF in 1939 and then worked as a teacher, it offers a fascinating perspective on the social and political issues faced by people over the last century…” Robb Johnson – Ordinary Giants
“At first glance Ordinary Giants seems like a sequel to Robb Johnson’s wonderful Gentle Men but it isn’t. It’s more of a companion piece; there is no formal spoken narrative – Robb won’t spoon-feed us, although he helps us along here and there – and the album encompasses the last hundred years of British history interleaved with the story of his family and in particular his father, Ron Johnson…” Robb Johnson ‘Ordinary Giants’ Launch

“… I cannot remember the last time I was at an event when the entire audience, without exception, rose to their feet with such enthusiasm in admiration and appreciation. From my position Robb appeared visibly moved by the response, as indeed, once again, were the cast. Quite rightly too. I have been fortunate, over the past year, to attend performances of The Transports, and, more recently, The Ballads of Child Migration, both highly acclaimed song-suites. I would proffer that tonight’s performance is on a par with them, in terms not only of the quality of the song-writing, musicianship and entertainment value, but also the cultural and social importance of its subject matter. This production will endure long in my memory…” Reviews – Robb Johnson
“… This is a positively monumental piece of work. Ordinary Giants, far from being oxymoronic, is a truly apposite description of lives of remarkable people, together with being an impressive documentation of some key socio-political events of the last one hundred years. The musicianship throughout is of the highest order, with outstanding performances of songs that will captivate, entrance, gladden, sadden and uplift in equal measure. One of Robb’s aims, with regard to this release, is stated thus – ‘I hope these songs are a small contribution to the process of remembering, understanding and learning’. As far as this listener is concerned my message would be ‘Mission Accomplished’.” Robb Johnson – Ordinary Giants: A Life and Times 1918-2018
“My Collins Dictionary describes ‘monument’ as “Anything that preserves the memory of a person or an event” usually a term directly referring to buildings, pillars and so on. It also offers amongst the 8 definitions, “A historic document or record”. Ordinary Giants by Robb Johnson meets both of these interpretations…”
Magnificent tribute to ‘ordinary giants’ who’ve shaped our radical vision
“This triple CD is a magnificent labour of love, a song suite based on the life and times of Robb Johnson’s father Ron, who volunteered for the RAF in 1939 and then worked as a teacher in the state sector. Dedicated with love and respect to the generations referenced in the songs and all their aspirations and achievements, it’s a history too of a family and friends, the war and the birth of the welfare state…”