I’m With Her + John Smith, Hackney Empire, 19th March 2019

Considering I’m With Her performed at the Bush Hall and Union Chapel when they toured the UK back in 2018, the choice of venue this evening could be interpreted as a measure of this trio’s ambition, or is perhaps a testament to their burgeoning popularity, or maybe it’s just a desire to play in arguably … Continue reading “I’m With Her + John Smith, Hackney Empire, 19th March 2019”

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”

Hootie & the Blowfish + Drivin N Cryin + Patrick Davis, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 12th October 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish are back. Following a ten-year break, they reformed in 2018 and have a new album due out soon. On 12th October, their tour of the UK & Ireland hit London. The date, although not sold out, was pretty close, and seeing as Brad Paisley was at the O2 Arena the same … Continue reading “Hootie & the Blowfish + Drivin N Cryin + Patrick Davis, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 12th October 2019”

John Paul White + Ciaran Lavery, Islington Assembly Hall, London, 5th September 2019

Appropriately enough, ‘Ol’ 55′ was playing on the intro’ tape as John Paul White prepared to take the the stage at a near- full Islington Assembly Hall, unusually set in an all seated configuration. ‘The Hurting Kind‘, the new album by White, is very much in the same frame as the Tom Waits classic -big … Continue reading “John Paul White + Ciaran Lavery, Islington Assembly Hall, London, 5th September 2019”