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Rob John

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Song, by Toad Records


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Indie folk, Experimental, Sound Art

Associated acts
Eagleowl, Meursault, Woodpigeon

Lancashire, United Kingdom

Young Sun / Trouble Comes, Something for the Weakened, Weald

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Philip Dickau, Philip Quirie, Ben Fletcher

Guitar, organ, vocals

Record label
Song, by Toad Records

Music group
Meursault (2011 – 2014)

Rob St John - Penicuik Arts Centre

Rob St. John is an English writer, artist and musician.


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Early life

Rob St. John was born in Lancashire, and spent his childhood living on Pendle Hill.


St. John's debut album, Weald, was released in November 2011, and received a positive reception from critics. This Is Fake DIY described it as "special, surprising and utterly magnificent". Andrew Collins of BBC 6 Music named it his album of the year. St. John wrote the original music for the Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams film The Bruce Lacey Experience, and in 2012 produced the Folklore Tapes "Pendle, 1612" compilation album with David Chatton Barker, commemorating the anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials. St. John has contributed to Modern Studies, Eagleowl, Meursault, Woodpigeon and Withered Hand.

Environmental Art

St. John has produced a number of varied artworks, with landscape, sound and the environment as common themes. Water of Life (2013), with Tommy Perman, explored water in the city of Edinburgh through visual art, writing and sound; the solo project Surface Tension (2015) used sound art and photography to document pollution in the River Lea in London and was shown at Stour Space, London and The Lighthouse, Glasgow; and a sound installation Concrete Antenna (2015), with Tommy Perman and Simon Kirby, exhibited at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop through 2015-16. Emergent Landscapes (2016) was a participatory installation at Switch House, Tate Modern, involving collaborative cairn sculpture, soundscape creation and film work using manipulated Super 8.


St. John writes regularly for The Quietus and Caught by the River on music, art and the environment, and is a cultural geography researcher at the University of Glasgow.

Personal life

He spent much of his adult life in Edinburgh and now lives in West Yorkshire.


  • Weald (2011), Song, by Toad
  • Farewell, Bastard Mountain (2014), Song, by Toad (as part of Bastard Mountain)
  • Surface Tension (2015) Pattern + Process
  • Concrete Antenna (2016) Random Spectacular
  • Swell to Great (2016) Song, by Toad (as part of Modern Studies)
  • EPs

  • Tipping In (2007), Fife Kills: records
  • Like Alchemy (2008), Fife Kills: records
  • Young Sun | Trouble Comes (2015), Song, by Toad (split 10-inch EP with Woodpigeon)
  • Singles

  • Your Phantom Limb (2011), Song, by Toad (split 7-inch single with Ian Humberstone)
  • The Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey (2013), Song, by Toad (7-inch single)
  • Water of Life (2013), Imagining Natural Scotland (7-inch single)
  • References

    Rob St. John Wikipedia