John Smith come to Devon
Don’t Miss One Of The World’s Best Acoutsic Guitarists on March 3.
Continuing its mission to showcase the best musical talent on the planet, DevonSent is proud to present John Smith on Saturday March 3, 2018 at Broadhempston Church.
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.
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
His latest album, Headlong, produced by Sam Lakeman, has received wide critical acclaim:
“You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat” – Mojo
Not by chance is it that John’s new record ‘Headlong’ comes bearing a title implying impulsive, breakneck motion – written as it was, during various touring stints in North America – with a view ahead, to new horizons and new songs, to new opportunities and new audiences. The album also bears the indelible loss of John’s friend and guitar hero John Renbourn, who called John “the future of folk music” and to whose memory ‘Headlong’ is dedicated.
John currently has five self-released records out; ‘The Fox and the Monk’ (2006), ‘Map Or Direction’ (2009), ‘Eavesdropping’ (2011) ‘Great Lakes’ (2013), and ‘Headlong’ (201
With support from Ben Morgan-Brown
Exeter-based singer/songwriter & guitarist Ben Morgan-Brown writes intimate & reflective songs featuring open-tuned guitar, ethereal vocals & obliquely personal lyrics that tip the hat to Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Michael Chapman et al whilst still maintaining a unique musical style & identity.
His new EP Cold Rooms features five songs written in the last 18 months, a time during which Ben has reflected upon the past few turbulent years of his life.
Released in December 2017, Cold Rooms has received radio play across the UK and 2018 sees Ben promoting the E.P. with live performances across the South West and beyond including performances at Bridport Folk Festival, Cornwall Folk Festival, How The Light Gets In and support slots for John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) & John Smith.
There will be a licensed bar serving beer, wine, soft drinks and light food throughout the evening.
Space is limited and tickets are likely to be sold out quickly.
Please reserve your tickets by contacting Anna on 01803 812426 or [email protected]
Tickets – £15 each
Doors from 7pm