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Rob Johnston is a unique guitarist who blends his brilliant technique with different playing styles and influences. He is part of an evolving tradition of acoustic guitar playing drawing on a classical background as well as world and folk roots. His guitar compositions and songs explore unusual musical territory always evading comparison or familiarity.  Rob has played at major acoustic festivals and Art centres and has performed live on BBC radio several times.

Many live appearances have included:


Live on BBC Radio Solent

Live on BBC Southern Counties Radio.

Wickham Festival

Festival of Chichester

Broadstairs Folk Week

Swanage Folk Festival                  

Christchurch Folk Festival

Leamington Peace Festival

Chichester Festival Fringe

Lewes International Guitar Festival

Southsea Folk Festival

Winchester Folk Festival

Fareham Easter Folk Festival

Romsey Beggars Fair

Ashcroft Arts Centre

Salisbury Art Centre

Chichester Centre For Arts

New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Fernham Hall Fareham

Railway FC Portsmouth

Nonsuch FC Bishops Waltham

Foc’sle FC Southampton

The Talking Heads, Southampton

The Lights, Andover

Salisbury Folk Festival

Salisbury Live

Gosport Discovery Centre





A few comments about his playing:


“Rob Johnston is a guitar player of supreme quality as the sound he generates from just a steel stringed guitar is astounding.. Awesome guitar technique…. Johnston isn't just a high-class guitarist but a fine singer-songwriter as well.


"..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.


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.


“Staggering playing...a blistering session. He is a mighty, mighty fine player.” Phil Jackson, South Live, BBC Southern Counties Radio.

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