FOLK GRINDER is London based singer songwriter, musician: KOOZIE JOHNS – vocals/acoustic guitar
plus various guest musicians comprising of an accordion/piano player, percussionist and
sometimes an upright bass, second guitar and fiddle.
There's a unique modern take on the sea shanty in which fG manages to musically sail you across a dark sea of adventure and return you enlightened. There are songs about pain and addiction, love and loss, songs that will embrace you with nautical tales of the sea and far away shores, sailor dives and dancing girls. Songs to redeem your soul to, to start over to, Songs for fallen comrades and long lost loved ones, songs to drink and be merry to or drown your sorrows to, you choose in fact there's a song for everyone. A blend of upbeat shanty rhythms, punk folk, skiffle rock'n'roll, shades of rockabilly and Americana tremolo. Skulls and bones stitched and sewn all by the hand of a drunken sailor. Welcome aboard the good ship FOLK GRINDER.
Founded in the spring of 2010 with an album of demo's titled 'FAITH IN HOPE, LOVE AND SALVATION' creating a blue print for the fG skiffle stripped back sound.
A song from these demo's called 'Good ship' is featured on a Fatea compilation album released in the autumn of 2010. Rehearsals began followed by a series of London dates in the autumn/winter months and a live radio session with Jonny Brown on Resonance FM. Playing debut shows on the 1st and 2nd October 2010 at the Redeemer Klub in London supporting and on the invitation of 'Kirk Brandon' of 'Spear of Destiny/Theatre of Hate' fame.
In January 2011 fG records a version of Iggy Pop's 'The Passenger' produced by Steve Ellis at Planck Music made available via the Folk Grinder YouTube channel receiving approval of Mr Pop himself.
Due to illness fG is out of action until the autumn of 2011 when at an fG London show that September at the old 12 Bar club in Denmark Street the legendary 'Kirk Brandon' came on board as fG producer.
Folk Grinder's debut album 'ANY OLD TROLLOP, SAME OLD PORT' produced by Kirk Brandon was recorded in the cold winter months of Feb/Mar 2012 captured onto ½'' tape by Igor Marjanovic at Ilex studio in North London then mixed in Manchester by 'Christophe Bride and Kirk Brandon'.
Live dates in May 2012 followed the albums completion with fG supporting 'Theatre of Hate' on their 30th anniversary Westworld tour as well as supporting 'The Damned'. On the albums release on 12th December 2012, fG go out on tour as main support for the 'Kirk Brandon' acoustik tour 2013 as well as playing various shows in the UK.
In the summer of 2014, fG are back at Ilex Studio to record the second album 'THE DEVIL'S MARINER' with 'Kirk Brandon' on board again as producer. The new album is again superbly captured onto ½'' tape by Igor Marjanovic and then mixed in Manchester by 'Christophe Bride and Kirk Brandon' in February 2015.
'THE DEVIL'S MARINER' celebrates it's release with a special launch at Westworld Weekend in May 2015 followed by a second launch date in London at the 100 Club supporting 'Theatre of Hate'.
KOOZIE JOHNS has played with many bands/artists over the years either as a bass player or rhythm guitarist having worked with ex-members of the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Tenpole Tudor and Tyla/Dogs d'amour to name but a few, touring the UK, Europe, America and Japan. He has lived in Los Angeles and Tokyo, and is currently based in London.
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