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Hoping to raise funds to record a song suite about  the generation that fought against fascism & created the Welfare State.
Hoping to raise funds to record a song suite about the generation that fought against fascism & created the Welfare State.
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So....20 years ago I was  fortunate enough to be asked to write something for the annual Passendale Peace Concert, about my grandfathers, who had both endured the carnage of the third battle of Ypres, the Passendale campaign of 1917. The resulting song suite "Gentle Men" was very well received, & something of a "personal best" in terms of my achievements as a songwriter. I think I had always afterwards considered writing something similar about my father's generation, the generation that grew up in the poverty & exhaustion of 30s Britain, that fought not only against fascism, but  also to transform society with the Welfare State. But I was never sure where or when to make a start. Then in February, I found myself unexpectedly in Grove Park, Chiswick, opposite the school where my dad had worked as teacher. i started planning out songs on the train afterwards, & then later, in Paris in April, I suddenly started writing, & the writing immediately started both to gather momentum & all sorts of unexpected possibilities. Initially i wanted to get the album out to provide a voice in the run-up to the next general election in 2020. Then Mrs May suddenly announced that the next election was going to be in June.... 

Now the album is going to be coming out next year, the centenary of the Armistice &  the 70th birthday of the NHS.

& this is where your sponsorship becomes very important! With this Kickstarter i am trying to raise the money to record these songs with as much care & attention & creativity as i can, because ... well, i think these songs deserve that, & certainly the generation that built the Welfare State deserve our thanks & respect. There will very likely be a later campaign to fund the manufacture of the CD too, & any money raised over the target will certainly help with further developments.

Plus it is an opportunity to produce Words & Chords 2 - a second songbook, & it will be very good to have your perspectives on which songs ought to be included, & your reasons why. 

Enough for now. Thanks for reading this & hope you feel able to pledge towards this project.

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    Live at the Albert March 2017, download

    15 tracks.
    Recorded as part of a forthcoming documentary, this album contains 8 solo tracks, & 7 band tracks, including 2 very rare covers.
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    Live at the Albert March 2017 CD version

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    Summertime is Coming CD

    The latest Irregular Records official Robb Johnson album, otherwise available at this year's Tolpuddle Festival, with official release date August. 10+ tracks from the last 7 years, all recordings previously unavailable on CD.

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    Songbook

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    Ordinary Giants - demos, download

    36 tracks, download
    These 36 tracks performed by voice, guitar & banjolele, are the basic songs & poems of the song suite. Recorded at Brighton Road Studios, they will be made available as digital downloads.
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    Ordinary Giants - demos double CD

    These 36 tracks performed by voice, guitar & banjolele, are the basic songs & poems of the song suite. Recorded at Brighton Road Studios.
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    Songbook + song sponsorship

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    Ordinary Giants & Live at the Albert

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    songbook + SPONSORSHIP + "tweet"

    Signed copy of the long-awaited second songbook, plus your name included in list of thankyous + SPONSOR A SONG TO ENSURE ITS INCLUSION & have your name added to that song's list of sponsors & have your 140 character thoughts about your sponsored song included in the text.

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    Giants. Albert, Summertime is Coming

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    Songbook + 5 SONG SPONSORSHIP

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    Words & Chords 2 - songbook

    Signed copy of the long-awaited second songbook, (FROM "THE NIGHT CAFE" ALBUM ONWARDS) plus your name included in list of thankyous.

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    Words & Chords 2 - songbook

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    Songbook + 5 SONG SPONSORSHIP

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    Songbook + 5 SONG SPONSORSHIP

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    Songbook + 5 SPONSORSHIPS & "tweet"s

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