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Robb Johnson & The Irregulars

Pandemic Songs

Irregular Records


Released: 4th Sep 2020


Packaging will be a gatefold card wallet & will include 16 page lyric booklet.

Pandemic Songs is songwriter Robb Johnson’s chronicle in song of the unprecedented events of the first half of 2020. His critically-acclaimed family histories of the 20th Century Gentle Men & Ordinary Giants use song to dramatise past lives & narrate significant historical events & processes. Pandemic Songs uses songs to provide a media-free perspective of contemporary history, with thirteen tracks written between March & June of this year, that record & comment on the global pandemic, from Robb’s local UK perspective. The songs are angry, sad, affectionate, elegiac, satirical, anxious, & compassionate. They celebrate our lives in lockdown & the endurance of our keyworkers, & catalogue the vanities, incompetence, hypocrisy & failures of those in power. Pandemic Songs was recorded with a socially-distanced pared-down version of The Irregulars; John Forrester on bass & vocals, Arvin Johnson on drums, percussion & Spanish guitar, & Fae Simon on vocals. The result is a powerful, visceral album, a significant creative response to these very significant times. Robb Johnson is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest songwriters: “An English original”, - The Guardian... // “one of our best singer-songwriters ever” -Mike Harding, BBC Radio2… // “one of this country’s most important songwriters (no argument!)” – fROOTS

Pandemic Songs


  1. Saint Mary
  2. Monday Afternoon in the Paris House
  3. 422
  4. One More Lockdown Day
  5. 5373
  6. 89p
  7. Disinfectant
  8. The Highlight of My Week
  9. All the Bells Were Ringing
  10. Lockdown Jokes & Stories
  11. Victory in Europe
  12. The Days We Don’t Forget
  13. In Palmeira Square