Singer Sam Brown and fiddle player Tim Brown moved to Chepstow in 2009 and started attending the Chepstow Acoustic Music Club at the Chepstow Castle Inn. It was there the they first saw Jon Marsden, a Bristol guitarist, then performing as a solo act. The three teamed up after a classic Castle Inn jamming session and start learning some beautiful, but often not so well known songs. After a few try-outs at the Chepstow Acoustic Club Open Mic nights, they were then invitied to play a full set at a wedding in Bristol.

This was quickly followed by gigs around the Bristol and Chepstow area, with a memorable evening being the highly successful 'Help the Heroes' gig at the Coach and Horses in Chepstow, which was recorded live and went out on air on Radio Stroud FM in November, 2011. 

The Laugharne Project

In January 2012, Don't Tell Johnny, took their next step forward with a dedicated song-writing weekend at Laugharne, in South Wales. After much experimentation though, only one song emerged 'Caitlin's Daughter' - a song about the welsh poet Dylan Thomas, his addiction to alcohol and its ultimate impact on both him and his immediate family. The song is featured on the 'Electric Landlady' Album - a collection of songs by local artists in aid of St David's Hospicem released in 2014.

Electric Landlady Album

Dont Tell Johnny have played at many music festivals including a showcase slot Cambridge Folk Festival, Priddy Folk Festival, Caldicot Castle and The Woolley Festival. They have also played on the Glanfa Stage at the Milllenium Centre in Cardiff.

In 2015 Dont Tell Johnny added a fourth member to the band, Nerijus Vizbickas who plays bass and acoustic guitar. Nerijus's accomplished playing complements and adds significant depth to the sound of Dont Tell Johnny while retaining the acoustic feel.

Towards the end of 2015 the band started work on their debut Album 'Better Late Than Never', a collection of 10 original songs. The Album was recorded by Paul Hobday at Scabby Road Studios in Chepstow and was be released in February 2016. The Album artwork was produced by Bev Baddeley and copies are available on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, etc.

One of the tracks on the Album 'Myn Mawr' has been played on BBC Radio Wales' Celtic Heartbeat programme hosted by Frank Hennessy.

A short video of one of the songs from the album 'The Severn Princess' , which tells the story of the last surviving Severn Ferry was produced and can be found on YouTube.

The band featured in the May 2016 issue of 'Acoustic Magazine' with a small article on their music and a song from the album "Beyond Your Wildest Dreams' featured on the accompanying CD.

'Play On, Mr Hartley', also from the Album, reached the Semi-Final stage of the UK Songwriting 2016 Competition (acoustic-folk section).











Dont Tell Johnny continue to play local venues and Festivals.







"Don't Tell Johnny" is an acoustic folk band from the border town of Chepstow in South Wales that play a range of acoustic styles from folk/blues to Americana. Covering songs from Nick Drake to Gillian Welch, along with a few original Don't Tell Johnny compositions. Their music combines touching, emotional vocals and harmonies, beautiful finger picked guitar and soaring fiddle lines to evoke a range of memorable moods and feelings.

Don't Tell Johnny is the perfect choice for live music for pub evenings, parties, weddings and other special occasions - at very reasonable prices. For further information on availability and prices please contact the band at




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