Rob Johnston is a unique guitarist who blends a brilliant technique with different playing styles and influences. He performs at the cutting edge of an evolving tradition of acoustic guitar playing that stretches from Bert Jansch to Pierre Bensusan drawing on classical, world and folk roots. His compositions and songs will take you into unusual musical territory, evading comparison or familiarity.
He has a long history of professional music making, composing and recording in such diverse fields as music for contemporary dance, theatre and film as well as being a performer and teacher on the guitar.
He holds a B.A. and M.A, degree in Music and Art. His commissions have included amongst others work for Northern Ballet Theatre and Channel 4 TV.
His current CD reflects his passion for writing for guitar as well as song-writing. As well as a musician, Rob is also a practising visual-artist balancing the two over many years of professional creative output.
He has performed at Art Centres, Theatres, Folk Clubs and major Acoustic Festivals and events across Britain, as well as live broadcasts on radio.
"Rob Johnson is a guitar player of supreme quality as the sound he generates from a steel stringed guitar is astounding. Awesome guitar technique.....Johnson isn't just ahigh class guitarist but a fine singer-songwriter as well." Folking.com
"..confident and joyous ..fluid and reflective (and appropriately reminiscent of Martin Simpson without being cloned)..Such individual, engaging and assured playing is always a pleasure to listen to." Folk-on-Tap Magazine.
"Fantastic....an absolute pleasure." BBC Radio Solent
“Staggering playing...a blistering session. He is a mighty, mighty fine player.” Phil Jackson, South Live, BBC Southern Counties
He played brilliantly.. a truly stellar performer.. 'He's the best guitarist I've heard in years!' was heard throughout the audience. The man is a genius! Petersfield WriteAngle Poetry and music cabaret 2010.