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"You created the atmosphere. In the evening I looked across the lawn and saw/heard the sound soaring with the people sat around tables chatting. Not intrusive, just wonderful. We will never forget what you did for our baby "

- Tim Ryan,

following the wedding of his daughter

at Caldicot Castle 

Don’t Tell Johnny is a popular acoustic folk band from South Wales that play a range of styles from Blues to Americana, covering songs by Tom Waits to  Gillian Welch, along with a few original 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.


Formed in 2011, Don’t Tell Johnny is the perfect choice for quality live music with a difference 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


Don’t Tell Johnny are:


Samantha BrownLead Vocals

Tim Brown Vocals, Violin, Guitar

Jon MarsdenVocals, Guitar

Past Members

Nerijus Vizbickas - Bass, Guitar

Iain Allan Mills - Double Bass

  • Don't Tell Johnny featured in the May 2016 issue of 'Acoustic Magazine' with a small article on their music. DTJ song 'Beyond Your Wildest Dreams' was featured on the accompanying CD.

  • 'Myn Mawr' from the 'Better Late Then Never' album has been played on the BBC Radio Wales 'Celtic Heartbeat' program hosted by Frank Hennessy.

  • Both 'Play on, Mr Hartley' and 'Caitlin's Daughter' have reached the Semi-Final stage of the UK Songwriting Competition.


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