With five album releases in 11 years, most recently 2017's
Headlong, Essex-born, Devon-raised and Liverpool-grown
John Smith's reputation as an outstanding guitarist, singer
and songwriter now extends far beyond the UK folk scene,
as reflected by sideman credits including David Gray,
Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Cara Dillon and Joan Baez.
Mentored by the late John Renbourn - to whom Headlong
is dedicated - and compared as a singer to John Martyn
and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic
blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching
between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings.
His career has been built on a devoted grassroots following,
made up of people willing to dig in to their pockets
to take part in the communion of a song. He returns
to Ireland for a seven-date tour, this time accompanied
by famed Dublin drummer Graham Hopkins (The Frames,