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John Smith / Folk, Live Music

Fri 23May
8:00 PM

Note: This event has finished

 

John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene. Touring relentlessly as headliner and support act, he has opened shows for John Martyn, Iron and Wine, Seth Lakeman, 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.

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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.

John has four records out; The Fox and the Monk (2006), Map Or Direction (2009), a  collection of covers, Eavesdropping (2011), and his latest release, Great Lakes (2013). These are self-released and available through this website or at concerts.

 

What the critics say about John Smith :

“Spellbinding” – Time Out

“A guitar genius…He sounds as though he arrived 60 years ago but looks startlingly young, perched on a chair, quietly confident, charming and instantly engaging.” – The Sun

“One man, a guitar and an incredible voice…mesmerising” – bbc.co.uk

“He possesses a common name but a rare talent” – The Independent

“The playing style he adopts may cause your jaw to hit the floor…he has all the flair for the gathering storm that made Jeff Buckley so attractive…one hesitates to mention Nick Drake but well, one already has done.” – Word Magazine

“His performance was an object lesson in how taste and imagination always outweigh mere musical virtuosity…unexpected and daring” – The Sunday Times

“John Smith continually swoons audiences with his own strain of nu-folk. It is only a matter of time before he is enormous.” – NME

What John Smith says about John Smith : 

http://johnsmithjohnsmith.com/

http://www.facebook.com/acousticsmith

http://twitter.com/johnsmithguitar

 
 
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