John Smith, Cecil Sharp House, London, 20th September 2018

The scene was set for something slightly special as I descended the stairs towards the wood panelled bar at Cecil Sharp house this evening. The weather had turned – the wind was starting to kick up – and there was an air of expectation amongst the small crowd. I was standing, propped up against the … Continue reading “John Smith, Cecil Sharp House, London, 20th September 2018”

John Smith “Hummingbird” (Commoner/Thirty Tigers, 2018)

John Smith’s history reads somewhat like the tales of the troubadours he loves. Constantly touring with his guitar strapped to his back for the past fifteen years, he has played with, and for, some of the greatest names on the folk circuit and independently released five albums that have amassed 10 million streams (though I … Continue reading “John Smith “Hummingbird” (Commoner/Thirty Tigers, 2018)”

John Smith announces new album, track, autumn dates

John Smith has announced the release of his new album ‘Hummingbird’ which features appearances from Cara Dillon, John Mccosker and Ben Nicholls, and will be released on October 5th on his own Commoner Records (via Thirty Tigers worldwide).  He had also announced a fairly huge UK headline tour of 29 dates throughout October & November and … Continue reading “John Smith announces new album, track, autumn dates”

John Smith “Headlong” (BARP Records, 2017)

John Smith has been lauded as one to watch for some time now, attracting effusive praise from peers and press alike. He has opened for the likes of John Martyn and John Renbourn, guested with Jackson Browne and Rodney Crowell, and played sessions alongside David Gray and Joan Baez. Headlong is John’s fifth album, and … Continue reading “John Smith “Headlong” (BARP Records, 2017)”

John Smith announces new album, kicks off UK tour – Listen

Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith has announced the release of his new album “Headlong” which is due out May 19th through BARP Records. Produced by Sam Lakeman, mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan and featuring Cara Dillon on BVs, Headlong – dedicated to the memory of John Renbourn – is the follow up to Great Lakes, John’s … Continue reading “John Smith announces new album, kicks off UK tour – Listen”

John Oates and The Good Road Band “Arkansas” (PR Records, 2018)

As Hall and Oates wind down from their latest supersize tour of America’s arenas, John Oates has indulged in a novel form of relaxation – he’s formed a band and gone back into the studio! Actually, unable to fully resist the lavish excess that accompanies the day job,  it’s more of a blues supergroup. Guthrie … Continue reading “John Oates and The Good Road Band “Arkansas” (PR Records, 2018)”

John Moreland + John Calvin Abney, Jazz Cafe London, 31st July 2018

Weighty is a good word for John Moreland and that’s no sly childish quip on a guy carrying more than quite a few pounds. Such is his vocal delivery, gritty song writing and overall demeanour that everything on tonight’s Jazz Cafe stage came with a sorrowful and hefty gravitas. Perhaps the only piece of comedy … Continue reading “John Moreland + John Calvin Abney, Jazz Cafe London, 31st July 2018”

The Lowest Pair + John Alexander, The Fallen Angels Club @ The Admiral Bar, Glasgow, 5th April 2018

It was Greil Marcus who coined the phrase, “old weird America” in his book, Invisible Republic, when discussing Dylan’s touchstone, the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk music, describing the songs therein as, “palavers with a community of ghosts”. There was an element of this musical version of a séance when The Lowest Pair (Kendl … Continue reading “The Lowest Pair + John Alexander, The Fallen Angels Club @ The Admiral Bar, Glasgow, 5th April 2018”