|John Smith @ Bristol Beacon Bristol Beacon, Bristol||Bristol Beacon, Bristol|
|John Smith @ Union Chapel Union Chapel, London||Union Chapel, London|
|John Smith @ The Stables The Stables, Milton Keynes||The Stables, Milton Keynes|
|John Smith @ Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester||Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester|
|John Smith @ Trades Club Trades Club, Hebden Bridge||Trades Club, Hebden Bridge|
|John Smith @ The Wardrobe The Wardrobe, Leeds||The Wardrobe, Leeds|
|John Smith @ Centre for Contemporary Arts Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow||Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow|
|John Smith @ The Caves The Caves, Edinburgh||The Caves, Edinburgh|
|John Smith @ The Brook The Brook, Southampton||The Brook, Southampton|
|John Smith @ Exeter Phoenix Exeter Phoenix, Exeter||Exeter Phoenix, Exeter|
|John Smith @ Storey's Field Centre Storey's Field Centre, Cambridge||Storey's Field Centre, Cambridge|
|John Smith @ Storyhouse Storyhouse, Chester||Storyhouse, Chester|
|John Smith @ Upper Chapel Upper Chapel, Sheffield||Upper Chapel, Sheffield|
|John Smith @ Sage Gateshead Sage Gateshead, Gateshead||Sage Gateshead, Gateshead|
|John Smith @ Brewery Arts Brewery Arts, Kendal||Brewery Arts, Kendal|
|John Smith @ Warwick Arts Centre Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry||Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry|
|John Smith @ Beverley Folk Festival Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley||Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley|
Born in Essex, raised by the Devon seaside, and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released six studio albums with over 100 million Spotify streams. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls, barely pausing for breath during his eighteen years as a full-time independent touring musician.
Steeped in the lineage of British folk and American guitar music, taking his cue from Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Ry Cooder, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. His deeply romantic and vivid songwriting, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song or pulling subtle expressions out of an array of effect pedals, Smith’s obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. Whether by way of an album or a live show, he always leads the listener on a viscerally emotional journey.
His career began opening for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called him “the future of folk music.” He has since opened for Iron and Wine, Patty Griffin and Ben Howard, and guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Roseanne Cash, Gomez, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Jerry Douglas, Glen Hansard and Rodney Crowell. In his occasional role as sideman, he has played guitar for artists as diverse as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Joe Henry and Joan Baez.
He has released six records of his own songs. 'Headlong' (2017) reached #15 in the Indie Breakers chart, #1 on iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter chart, and his catalogue has amassed over 100 million Spotify streams. There is also a variety of live albums, instrumental EPs and cover records out there, which John often makes available directly to his loyal following of die-hard music fans.
His latest album “The Fray” was released worldwide in March 2021 on his own imprint, Commoner Records, via Thirty Tigers.
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