John Smith (UK)
With his honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerising fingerstyle guitar, John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate take on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following around the world.
“The future of Folk Music” – John Renbourn.
Born in Essex, raised by the Devon seaside, and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 10 million Spotify streams. He’s played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. John is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter and enchanting writer.
A contributor and collaborator, John quickly and effortlessly earns the esteem of his comrades and heroes. He’s opened for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn. On the contemporary side, he’s also opened for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, and Ben Howard. He has guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Jerry Douglas, Glen Hansard and Rodney Crowell; and in his occasional role as sideman, he has played guitar for artists such as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Joe Henry and Joan Baez.
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