John Smith

The Greystones, Sheffield

Monday, 20 Nov 2017
7:00pm to 10:15pm




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NEW ALBUM TOUR!

HEADLINING THE GREYSTONES ON 20th + 21st NOVEMBER!

THE FIRST SHOW SOLD OUT 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE - THE SECOND SHOW IS ON SALE NOW! DON'T MISS OUT!

'Headlong' was released on 30th June 2017 to amazing reviews!

The album is produced by Sam Lakeman, mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Flo Morrissey, The Maccabees) and featuring Cara Dillon on BVs, 'Headlong' - dedicated to the memory of John Renbourn - it is the follow up to Great Lakes, John’s widely-applauded and Radio 2-supported release of 2013.

This will be a rare treat to see John back in the intimate Backroom at The Greystones in Sheffield!

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 following.

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.

John has self-released four albums: "The Fox and the Monk" (2006), "Map Or Direction" (2009), "Eavesdropping" (2011) and ”Great Lakes" (2013). The new album 'Headlong' is out on BARP Records.

"A wonderful record"
Guitarist, 9/10

"Gorgeous"
Mojo, 4 stars

“He’s a magician” - Ben Howard

“Spellbinding” - Time Out

Support comes from the lovely Will Stratton, who's beautiful album 'Rosewood Almanac' came out on Bella Union in May earlier this year. The album is a work of fragile magic, a hypnotic combination of beautifully breathy voice and exquisite lyrical imagery, gorgeous melodies and similarly soft-spun instrumentation, centred on his thrumming acoustic guitar and the verdant presence of velvet strings.


Venue

The Greystones , Greystones Road , Sheffield