In the now established tradition of @StMarysSessions, our October show brings you yet another slice of something distinctly different. Expect the poetic, the passionate, the provocative, some politics of the people and playfulness. Some punchy picking too, he has a guitar and he knows how to use it!
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.
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 – and friendship. This album now has 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.