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Robb Johnson, A Break in the Clouds

Robb Johnson - Ordinary Giants

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Some of the glowing reviews of Ordinary Giants:

DancingAboutArchitecture.info: 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..."
FateaRecords.co.uk: 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'."
CultureMatters.org.uk: 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..."
FolkRadio.co.uk: 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..."
Folking.com: 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..."
MorningStarOnline.co.uk: 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..."