|Duration: 2hr 50mins|
John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene.
John plays the steel-string acoustic guitar. Sometimes with a slide, sometimes on his lap, sometimes de-tuning the thing mid-song. He was named Young Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year in 2003 and hasn’t stopped to look back, unless it’s to pick up a banjo. His playing combined with his honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause. His new album Great Lakes is out now.
“John Smith again demonstrates why he is the guitarists’ guitarist. His steel-strung acoustic playing adding a beguiling complexity to songs that possess a sharp communicative clarity and directness” Sunday Times
“A man with one of those rattling hearts. It’s a true heart. It’s a hurt heart” Daytrotter
“Songs that impress with the beauty of John’s guitar work and intertwined vocals. Staggeringly good” Acoustic
“Beyond beautiful” Jo Whiley, Radio 2