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SHOWS

Date Event Location
John Smith @ Beverley Folk Festival Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley
John Smith @ Glastonbury Festival 2024 Glastonbury Festival 2024, Pilton Glastonbury Festival 2024, Pilton
John Smith @ Underneath The Stars 2024 Underneath The Stars 2024, Cawthorne Underneath The Stars 2024, Cawthorne
John Smith @ Beautiful Days 2024 Beautiful Days 2024, Ottery Saint Mary Beautiful Days 2024, Ottery Saint Mary
John Smith @ Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2024 Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2024, Wareham Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2024, Wareham
John Smith @ Greenbelt Festival 2024 Greenbelt Festival 2024, Kettering Greenbelt Festival 2024, Kettering
John Smith @ Waterside Waterside, Manchester Waterside, Manchester
John Smith @ Shrewsbury Abbey Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury
John Smith @ Kitchen Garden Cafe Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham
John Smith @ The David Hall The David Hall, South Petherton The David Hall, South Petherton
John Smith @ The Folklore Rooms The Folklore Rooms, Brighton The Folklore Rooms, Brighton
John Smith @ Acapela Studio Acapela Studio, Cardiff Acapela Studio, Cardiff
John Smith @ Ullapool Guitar Festival 2024 Ullapool Guitar Festival 2024, Ullapool Ullapool Guitar Festival 2024, Ullapool
John Smith @ Holy Trinity Church Salcombe Holy Trinity Church Salcombe, Salcombe Holy Trinity Church Salcombe, Salcombe
John Smith @ HydeAway HydeAway, Frome HydeAway, Frome
John Smith @ Waterside Waterside, Manchester Waterside, Manchester

BIO

He was dubbed the future of folk music by Pentangle’s John Renbourn, but singer-songwriter John Smith’s unique synthesis of styles puts him halfway across the Atlantic. The Living Kind is his masterpiece in American atmospherics: a true musician’s record, produced by Joe Henry, the man responsible for some of the subtlest Americana of recent times. 

At the start of 2022 they cooked up the idea for an intimate record – “an acoustic album that sounded like Spirit of Eden”, Smith explains, referencing Talk Talk’s 1988 classic. Along with John Martyn’s Solid Air and Joni Mitchell’s electro-acoustic odyssey Hejira, it was one of the three creative inspirations for The Living Kind

Like Hejira, the new album is a cohesive song-cycle that seems to be cast in one rich tone-colour. In 2020, Smith’s family suffered a cluster of personal crises in the space of three months. After that and the resultant rebuild, as he sings in The World Turns, Smith had to “find a new way to feel”. 

The Living Kind is about responsibility and being very keenly aware of your place within a family dynamic,” he explains. “When I started writing these songs, I knew what was happening; in the space of three years, I had essentially become a different person.”

The album was cut over just four days in February 2023, in Joe Henry’s remote home in Harpswell, Maine. With temperatures dropping to -25 outside, the band – consisting of Henry’s son Levon and bassist Ross Gallagher – didn’t leave the house at all. You can hear the darkness and warmth in the new songs. Smith adored the spontaneity of recording live, “moving air around, making eye contact, dancing and weaving” with his core musicians. Gallagher, a jazz player, could intuit his next moves effortlessly. Drums were shared between Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant) and Joshua Van Tessel (Bahamas); Henry’s regular keyboardist Patrick Warren, who composed the music to True Detective, can be heard adding keyboards, strings and unmistakeable gothic vibrations to many songs.

STORE

The Fray: CD
  • The Fray: CD
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1 - Friends 2 - Hold On 3 - Sanctuary 4 - Deserving 5 - The Best Of Me 6 - Star-Crossed Lovers 7 - To The Shore 8 - Eye To Eye 9 - Just as You Are 10 - The Fray 11 - She’s Doing Fine 12 - One Day at a Time

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The Fray: Double Vinyl
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1 - Friends 2 - Hold On 3 - Sanctuary 4 - Deserving 5 - The Best Of Me 6 - Star-Crossed Lovers 7 - To The Shore 8 - Eye To Eye 9 - Just as You Are 10 - The Fray 11 - She’s Doing Fine 12 - One Day at a Time

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Live in Chester: CD
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1 - Hummingbird 2 - Hares on the Mountain 3 - Burden of the Road 4 - She is My Escape 5 - Master Kilby 6 - There is a Stone 7 - Joanna / Tupelo Honey 8 - Coming Home 9 - Willy Moore 10 - Save My Life 11 - To Have So Many 12 - Far Too Good 13 - Salty and Sweet 14 - Winter

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Hummingbird: CD
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1 - Hummingbird 2 - Lowlands of Holland 3 - Boudica 4 - Hares on the Mountain 5 - Lord Franklin 6 - Master Kilby 7 - The Time Has Come 8 - Willy Moore 9 - Axe Mountain (Revisited) 10 - Unquiet Grave

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Hummingbird: Vinyl
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1 - Hummingbird 2 - Lowlands of Holland 3 - Boudica 4 - Hares on the Mountain 5 - Lord Franklin 6 - Master Kilby 7 - The Time Has Come 8 - Willy Moore 9 - Axe Mountain (Revisited) 10 - Unquiet Grave

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Headlong: CD
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1 - Living in Disgrace 2 - Headlong 3 - Far Too Good 4 - Coming Home 5 - Joanna 6 - Possession 7 - Undone 8 - Threshold 9 - Into the World 10 - Desire 11 - Save My Life

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Great Lakes: CD
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1 - There is a Stone 2 - Great Lakes 3 - England Rolls Away 4 - Freezing Winds of Change 5 - Town to Town 6 - Salty and Sweet 7 - She is My Escape 8 - Away We Go 9 - Perfect Storm 10 - Forever to the End 11 - Lungs

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MUSIC

CONTACT

Agent Zac Peters, Runway Agency


Management Neil Pearson, Sounds Just Fine


Publisher Sentric Music


Label / Distributor Thirty Tigers


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