Arthur Johnstone




Arthur started, and ran for 20 years, the renowned Star Folk Club in Glasgow, returning

in 2008 for a sell-out 30 year anniversary concert.

A mainstay in the political folk song revival, his songs encompass the rich history of

 Shipbuilding & Scotland’s Oil, as well as the Glasgow Eskimos, the boxer Benny Lynch,

 and Clydeside figures such as  John McLean and Jimmie Reid.

Arthur  & the Stars Band last appeared at Rothesay Pavilion , en-route to the Mull of Kintyre Festival in Campbeltown where Arthur has become a regular singer and compere.

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Arthur is well known as a solo performer,  who has performed at international folk festivals in Vancouver as well as the official Edinburgh Festival. 

He also performed, and recorded, for many years with the Laggan, including a CD for the National Geographical magazine. More recently he has recorded 3 albums with the Stars Band, combining his strong singing style with skilful instrumental work on guitar, keyboards, fiddle and mandolins.


As a band they have toured internationally, sold out at Celtic Connections, performed at

  Nelson Mandela’s Freedom of Glasgow ceremony, and appeared on Phil Cunningham’s TV series the Music of Scotland, singing Hamish Henderson’s international anthem, the

 Freedom Come All Ye.


Arthur has been described as  ‘One of our greatest and most important singers’


Contact for bookings: Tel. 0141 632 7737

Doon Through The Years  CD


A definitive new live recording of Arthur Johnstone & the Stars Band.

Recorded at the STUC May Day 2011 and released January 2012


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