Wednesday 13 April 2011


The Band Of Holy Joy will be ushering in the Spring with a special show for Easter Week at the venerated St Pancras Old Church in London. The gig coincidentally takes place on the eve of the great occasion of the wedding of our future King and his English Rose, something not lost on frontman Johny Brown who promises songs of pain and songs of misery, songs of protest and songs of joy, songs that I say must be heard and shared and enjoyed and disseminated virus like through the barren streets.”

The band will be supported by 12-string space-blues pioneer Simon Onions, along with your DJ for the evening, Mr Jonny Mugwump.

The show follows hot on the heels of the band’s latest single, the download-only double A-side On The Ground Where John Wesley Walked c/w The Black Middens released on their own Radio Joy label on 7 April, about which The Mirror trumpeted This song of highflown yearning featured in lead man Johny Brown's excellent recent radio play The North Is Another Land. The BOHJ's sensitivity allows the song to travel an extra special spiritual mile.****”

Tickets for the St Pancras show are available now from

The Band Of Holy Joy were formed out of the 80s South London squat scene by Newcastle émigré Johny Brown. After a hiatus during the 90s, where Johny concentrated on various other projects, they returned in 2002 with the album Love Never Fails on Rough Trade. Since then, eschewing the traditional album-tour-album treadmill, the band have chosen to explore other media, launching their own internet radio station Radio Joy in 2007, and presenting the play Troubled Sleep at the Shunt Theatre in London and The Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle in 2009. Johny has also hosted the immensely popular Mining For Gold show on Resonance FM for a number of years.

The Band’s 1987 track Who Snatched The Baby? was recently included on a MOJO magazine CD, Panic: 15 Tracks Of Riotous 80s Indie Insurrection. Nearly a quarter-century on, The Band Of Holy Joy are as relevant as ever.

Here comes hope, here comes faith, here comes clarity

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