The Beast from the East prevented us from staging John’s gig on 3 March. We are sorry for the disappointment. However, we now have a new date – Saturday, 14 April at the same time (7.30pm with doors at 7pm).
The 3 March date was sold out well in advance with a waiting list in case of returns. Indications are that most ticket holders can make the new date. The date will not suit everyone so there are likely to be some tickets available.
Existing ticket holders: please contact Anna to confirm attendance and numbers or to make arrangements for a refund
New tickets: please contact Anna and let her know how many tickets you would like.
Anna’s contact details – [email protected] and 07880 554834.
Our landline 01803 812426 is currently down following the storm.
Revised support act: Ben Morgan-Brown is unable to play on this new date. We are delighted to have secured the brilliant Mark Abis.
Other than the name, there is nothing commonplace about John Smith. John has played to audiences all over the world, in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls, with a powerful singing voice that critics have compared to the likes of John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne.
John has opened shows for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, Gil Scott-Heron, John Martyn, and John Renbourn; and has performed alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Martin Carthy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell. In his role as a gun for hire in the studio and on the road, he has played with artists such as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Henry, Gabrielle Aplin and Lianne La Havas.
It’s all for the love of the guitar. John plays a rumbling fingerstyle and sometimes uses a slide, sometimes plays the guitar on his lap, sometimes he detunes mid-song. His guitar work and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause.
“He’s a magician.” Ben Howard
“Spellbinding.” Time Out
“John Smith has captured something special.” Acoustic
“You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat.” Mojo
“There’s a refreshing openness and honesty to this record that needs to be heard.” Total Guitar
“These 11 warm and gentle songs are exquisitely rendered.” Guardian
“We often only connect with songs charged with real emotion and honesty, both qualities abound on ‘Headlong’ and coupled with John’s skilful guitar playing…you have a perfect storm that is a treat for the ears.” Malestrom
“Far from the connotations his name brings, John Smith is one of a kind.” Wonderland
“Achieves something quietly spectacular…John Smith has created a real thing of beauty.” Thank Folk For That
“John Smith again demonstrates why he is regarded as the guitarists’ guitarist.” The Sunday Times
“Do yourself a favour and get acquainted with John Smith right now.” Entertainment Focus
“Staggeringly good.” Acoustic Magazine
“Weathered and warm.” Irish Times
Support – Mark Abis
Revised support act: Ben Morgan-Brown is unable to play on this new date. We are delighted to have secured the brilliant Mark Abis to play – https://youtu.be/S0NYiMAN78U