Charity gig for Matlock Bath’s “colourful character”

Jib Johnson was synonymous with the Matlock Bath music scene for decades.
Jib Johnson was synonymous with the Matlock Bath music scene for decades.

An array of local talent is coming together to play a charity gig in memory of Matlock Bath legend and music aficionado Jib Johnson.

The “colourful” character who was infamous around the Matlocks for his involvement with the Fishpond pub and venue where he nurtured many bands over the years, died in October 2013 after falling into a diabetic coma.

Jib was popular in the town and knwon as a very "colourful local character".

Jib was popular in the town and knwon as a very "colourful local character".

He had previously been a roadie, stage rigger, a singer in a band, and was a friend to many touring musicians and their crews.

Jib’s brother Mark Crowfoot, 51, said: “Jib had a long relationship with the Fishpond. He was Licensee there for a number of years and was very involved with the gigs put on at the pub. He was a very charismatic character and a free spirit who was renowned for his unusual dress sense. Nobody but Jib could carry off the outfits he wore. He was a truly top bloke and touched the lives of many who met him and it always seemed that everybody knew and loved Jib.”

Now a stellar line-up of local talent are joinging forces to honour Jib’s 66th birthday with a special gig, including the critically acclaimed performance poet Mark Gwynne Jones, popular Derbyshire band the Dooberries, the Legendary Steaming Izaaks and specially regoupong for this event, the seven female singers of Henna and the Redheads, who formed in the 1980s with Jib’s help.

Mark added in memory of one of their performances: “The hair was wild, as were the vocal talents. Their very first gig was advertised as their farewell debut. It was a fantastic racquet, and Jib would have loved to know that they will be reforming their unique repertoire at this event.”

As well as live acts, you can enjoy a vinyl DJ, Fishpond pizza and drinks available (try a special ale dubbed “Jib’s Swill) and seven great raffle prizes are on offer.

Suggested donations of £6+ on the door, 7am arrival for 7:30 start, Friday, June 5, and all profits in aid of Diabetes UK.