Ordinary Giants. By Robb Johnson
Ordinary Giants is a song suite by acclaimed songwriter Robb Johnson about the life & times of his father, Ron Johnson, a family history of the Second World War & the Welfare State. The triple album consists of over 50 songs & spoken word pieces, released on 9th November 2018, a year that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, & the 70th birthday of the National Health Service.
Using his father’s life as the focal point of the narrative, Ordinary Giants explores the events that shaped our lives from the 1920s to 2000s with Johnson’s characteristic humour, commitment & intelligence. Ron Johnson was born in 1922 & died in 2013. As a young man he volunteered for the RAF to fight against fascism, & after the war dedicated his life to state education.
Ordinary Giants is a chronicle of unremarked yet remarkable lives, lived by ordinary people through extraordinary times, & a celebration of their aspirations, endurance & achievements.
“One of this country’s most important songwriters (no argument!)” -fROOTS
“a stunning album… Robb Johnson is a national treasure” – Northern Sky
“a remarkable achievement” -Songlines
“a masterwork” – fROOTS
“a positively monumental piece of work… epic… reflecting the very best of one of our foremost songwriters”- FATEA
“a gorgeous and wonderfully heartfelt story” -Dancing About Architecture
“buy this monumental work, listen and celebrate” – Folk Radio
“a magnificent labour of love” -The Morning Star
“recommended” – Labour Briefing
**** – RNR
“magnificent… a work of incredible depth and meaning” – Music News
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