John Smith has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the 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 & Chris Thile. John is a regular on the UK festival circuit, having played shows at Glastonbury, Green Man, Cambridge & many others. In this way, he has found a loyal following in the UK and Ireland, Europe, Japan, Mexico, the USA & Canada.
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.
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