Bio

Photo by Amelia Read

Faithful Johannes makes spoken word songs and the accompanying electronic music.
He lives in Durham City in the North East of England.
He takes his ironing board to his gigs. It has been mistaken for a surf board. He holds up large signs to help annotate his narratives or reinforce the choruses and gives out personalised notes to audience members.
In 2018 his Ghosts in My Attic, about an unsuccessful attempt to clear out his loft, was voted North East song of year.
In 2019 Johannes released his debut album Thrills & Bills on Win Big Records.
After a string of EPs a standalone singles, Johannes brought out the tragicomic story album, Ken & Jean, in September 2021 on pink vinyl. It was described by NARC. Magazine as ‘a gem fit for any collection’.
He has vowed to put out a Christmas single every year until his death (he’s up to five so far).
Johannes has received national airplay from Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music and regular support from BBC Introducing shows in the North East and Teesside.
He has played festivals, house shows and much in between on varied bills with rappers, poets, electronic artists and guitar bands. He’s been commissioned to produce songs and videos for Tees Music Alliance and Base Camp Middlesbrough.


Quotes –
Electronic Sound Magazine – ‘The Alan Bennett of Hip Hop’
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music – ‘He’s a great artist’
Louder Than War – ‘Johannes displays a skill for some brilliant rhyming couplets and detailed lyrics which unfold into modern day reflections of everyday feeling and society’
Slow Decades – ‘If there is a middle of a venn diagram where the four circles are Anticon Records, Alan Bennett, Leonard Cohen and Frank Sidebottom then Faithful Johannes is it’