One of the country’s finest songwriters, Robb Johnson, returns to Oxford to raise money for the Campaign to Close Campsfield on March 10. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “one of Britain’s most challenging songwriters”, Johnson has performed with the likes of Chumbawamba, folk legend Roy Bailey and acclaimed cabaret diva Barb Jungr.
Johnson has played festivals, radio and television, both here and abroad. As well as a host of albums of folk and rock music, he has recorded an album celebrating the work of Jacques Brel including translating several of Brel’s songs and performed concerts celebrating the composer’s life and work. Johnson has also co-written Woman, a biography of Yoko Ono, published by Chrome Dreams.
He is again supported by the singer Tracey Curtis, who records on Johnson’s own label, Irregular Records, and whose album Picture Postcards underscores her ability as a writer of songs of power and emotion.
The annual benefit is at the Folly Bridge Inn, Abingdon Road, on March 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets, available on the door, are £10, concessions £5.The proceeds of the night are to shared between the Campaign to Close Campsfield, Refugee Resource, Open Door, Asylum Welcome and Bail for Immigration Detainees.Notes to editors: Campsfield ‘House’ ‘Immigration Detention Centre’ by Oxford airport, Kidlington, is run for private profit by Mitie under contract to the Home Office. It opened in November 1993 and has 216 detainee beds. Many people locked up in Campsfield are political refugees fleeing danger, torture and even death from countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. People are imprisoned in Campsfield indefinitely, some for years, without charge, without proper reasons given, without proper access to legal representation or judicial oversight.