Wednesday 8th November 2017
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £12.50 / £16.50 (+ booking fee)
Acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene. His new album Headlong (out through BARP records) is marked by the loss of Smith’s close friend, Pentangle’s John Renbourn, and is the striking follow up to 2013’s Great Lakes, John’s widely-applauded and Radio 2-supported release. John also tours regularly in Lisa Hannigan (Damien Rice fame) band
Touring relentlessly as headliner and support act, he has opened shows for John Martyn, Iron and Wine, Ben Howard, Richard Hawley, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, David Gray, Cara Dillon, James Yorkston, Martin Carthy, Jools Holland, Tinariwen, Martin Simpson, Gil Scott-Heron and Chris Thile. John is a regular on the UK festival circuit, having played shows at Glastonbury, Green Man, Cambridge and many others. In this way, he has found a loyal following in the UK and Ireland, Europe, Japan, Mexico, the USA and Canada. Slow but sure.
John plays the steel-string acoustic guitar. Sometimes with a slide, sometimes on his lap, sometimes de-tuning the thing mid-song. He was named Young Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year in 2003 and hasn’t stopped to look back, unless it’s to pick up a banjo. His playing combined with his honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause.
“I believe in John Smith; his motivations are pure, his vision is straight, his music is honest and true. Were I to discover another man’s music flowing through my body and out my hands, and that music to be his, I would consider myself both lucky and blessed.” – Kelly Joe Phelps
“Fluent guitar work and stimulating songs.” – The Telegraph
“Spellbinding” – Time Out
Support comes from:
New Jersey native and new Bella Union signing Will Stratton will be joining John Smith on tour. The American’s debut release for the label ‘Rosewood Almanac’ is a work of fragile magic, a hypnotic combination of beautifully breathy voice and exquisite lyrical imagery, gorgeous melodies and similarly soft-spun instrumentation, centred on his thrumming acoustic guitar and the verdant presence of velvet strings.
“Rosewood Almanac more than transcends its influences.” – MOJO
“lost-summer beauty from a New Jersey native” – The Guardian