John Smith has played to audiences all over the world in festival tents, living
rooms and sold out concert halls. He tours relentlessly with his guitars, looking
to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with
those willing to listen. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal
John has opened shows for Iron and Wine, John Martyn, Tinariwen and Gil Scott
Heron, and has performed alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas,
Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell. In his occasional role as session musician he has played electric guitar for David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, LeAnn Rimes and Lianne La Havas.
It’s all for the love of the guitar. John plays a rumbling acoustic fingerstyle but
sometimes uses a slide or plays the guitar on his lap. His playing and honey on
gravel vocals have brought crowds the world over to pin drop silence and rapturous applause.
Currently promoting his fifth album “Headlong”, John heads to Hull for an intimate all seated show at Fruit in February.