John Smith Australian Tour 2015

November 14, 2014 in News

John is out ‘Down-Under’ on a ‘Walk-About’ for his very first Australian Tour starting at the end of 2014 and going into the beginning of 2015. Mr Smith will be performing at Woodford and Cygnet Folk Festivals alongside headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Flying the flag for British folk scene we wish him the best of luck!

Johns Many Guitars

August 6, 2014 in News

John’s Many Guitars

This post is nothing fancy! We all know John is the King of the acoustic, this is just a close-up look at his many axes!! Enjoy!

John Smith There is a Stone

April 9, 2014 in News

Here’s John performing There is a Stone from his new album Great Lakes.

You can listen to the full album Great Lakes here.


Here are the lyrics for ‘There is a Stone’, enjoy!

John Smith There is a Stone Lyrics


Winter recorded on Focusrite – iTrack

March 13, 2014 in News

John makes great use of the tech! A nifty little performance of “Winter” from the “Fox and the Monk” album. The whole performance was recorded using only two condenser microphones, the tiny iTrack interface by Focusrite and an iPad. An obvious commercial for the new interface, but still a great video!

Want to know more about Focusrite interfaces well watch the video below or find out about the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.


John Smith – I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues

January 29, 2014 in News

John Smith is off down the park for a spot of musical ‘lush’. This is one of his older videos and is covering the classic Elton John track, “I Guess That’s Why They Call is the Blues”.  Remember to leave a comment below!


Salty and Sweet – The Works – John Smith

December 2, 2013 in News

Salty and Sweet - The Works – John Smith - 3

English singer songwriter John Smith performs Salty and Sweet from his new album Great Lakes on THE WORKS. Hope you enjoy!

Salty and Sweet Lyrics

I’m a fishing girl, just a lonely girl
The Town in which I live is breaking water
I told my Mother, my violent brother
All they give to me is reason to leave

Imagine my surprise, a pair of ancient eyes
Set into a face as old as land
He stands in front of, he came out of the sea
He says it hurts his skin to touch the sand

He crawls back into the sea, the air is salty and sweet
A backward glance by way of invitation
I’m in now up to my knees, the air is salty and sweet
I’ll leave my dress by way of explanation

My man don’t care for clothes, the things he does not own
They never trouble him, never give him grief
‘Cause he’s as soft as silk, as pure as baby milk
And harder than earth that he scorns

A long Way For A Woman – live at NoAlibis Bookstore

November 21, 2013 in News

A great performance of ‘A long Way For A Woman’ live at No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast. Filmed by Paul McParland. This great little number is supposedly playing in open G tuning, (D G D G B D from low to high). Something to keep in mind all you acoustic loving nutters out there!

John Smith Chats To Janice Long BBC Radio 2

November 13, 2013 in News

John Smith Chats To Janice Long:

Great interview with Janice Long at BBC Radio two.
“New British folk singer/guitarist John Smith catches up with Janice Long.”

Please click the image to listen to the interview with John Smith

John Smith BBC Radio 2


John Smith Tour Dates November/December 2013

November 13, 2013 in News

Great news…John is out on the road again! Take a look at the tour dates.

John Smith tour Dates

Lungs Live in London

October 30, 2013 in News

Check out John live in London!

The Crypt Sessions – John Smith

July 26, 2013 in News

Really cool recording of ‘There is a Stone’ for the Crypt Sessions.

The Crypt Sessions - John Smith - 3
“Guitarist and songwriter John Smith joined us recently for a sublime session following the release of his third studio album, the sparsely beautiful Great Lakes”.

Want to see more video? Well click here!!

Watch and enjoy, and remember let us know your thoughts below.


John Smith – Master Kilby – Songs From The Shed

May 1, 2013 in News

Down at the bottom of the garden….. a really interesting video, mainly owning to the shed! John shows off his new Fylde guitar, read more on this guitar here, he plays this lovely little tune titled ‘Master Kilby’.

John Smith - Master Kilby - Songs From The Shed


Freezing Winds of Change – Video

April 24, 2013 in News

Freezing Winds of Change - Video - 6

Another great video release from the new album, Great Lakes. This wonderful John Smith track was recorded in Dublin. There is a lovely accompaniment that really assists and develops a thick texture of acoustic ‘loveliness’! Enjoy!


Hot Press Videos – John Smith

April 17, 2013 in News

The Devon singer-songwriter, who has just released his marvelous fourth studio album Great Lakes, dropped by Hot Press HQ this week to play the latest of our Storeroom Sessions.

John Smith and John Thorne - Hotpress


While on his tour of Ireland John had time to record two new songs from his amazing new album Great Lakes. Here he gave Hot-Press a wonderful rendition of She Is My Escape and Freezing Winds of Change.

Click the image below to watch the full video.

John Smith musician Video

For more information on John’s tour of the UK please click here.

Lisa Hannigan & John Smith – Tonight You Belong To Me

April 10, 2013 in News

Great video of John Smith and Lisa Hannigan performing together with this little number called ‘Tonight You Belong to Me’. Hope you enjoy, you will love the ‘mouth trumpet‘!

 Lisa Hannigan & John Smith - Tonight You Belong To Me - 2



Irish Tour starting Thursday 11th April

April 9, 2013 in News

John Smith’s tour is getting ready to make the jump across the sea and is about to start in Ireland! After a  bit of a bad spell where John left this message on his Facebook page:

It is with much regret that I have been forced to cancel tonight ‘s show in Leicester. I’ve come down with a very nasty bug. Can’t hear much, and my voice is gone. We’ve rescheduled for June 19th and your tickets for tonight will be valid. Really, really sorry for the inconvenience. John x ”.


Lets hope he is all well and ready for Ireland. This leg of the tour will see him around Galway, Cork, Dundalk and Dublin. We all know they love a bit of Folk and I am sure John will not disappoint.

John Smith Tour Ireland

You can find full details of the John Smith tour here.

Fylde 12 String Guitar John Smith

April 6, 2013 in News

You all know the classic John Smith sound, and how lovely that is! Here’s another look at one of John’s guitars. This is again a Fylde guitar that wonderful company based in the lovely Penrith, Cumbria.

 Fylde Guitar Logo

Here is what Fylde guitar said about the 12 strings acoustic;

“John ‘s a good friend, and wanted a 12 string with a difference. He particularly wanted cocobolo, and since I haven’t made many guitars with that timber it gave we several opportunities to have some fun. Part of the deal was that he would need a cutaway, not usually needed on a 12 string, and he wanted my name on it”.

If you inserted in John’s other guitars take a look at the article on his ‘eight string, fan fret, baritone, resonator acoustic guitar’!

Tour Starts again The Louisiana

April 4, 2013 in News

After a few days rest John is back at it again from the 4th of April 2013, these are the continuing days to his immense UK tour. Sadly he has only four days left, he will then be hopping across to Ireland and showing them how it’s done! From the look of the tour map he’s been allover the place.

Please click the map below to see the full tour and get your hand’s on some tickets.

Tour Map John Smith

Getting back to work John will be starting this last leg of the tour at The Louisiana in Bristol. From the looks of things everyone there is more than eager to have him back in the city. Read the review below.

John Smith Review The Louisiana

Please remember we would be more than happy to see your pictures from this and any others John Smith gigs. Moreover, if you feel like writing a review of the gig or anything else john Smith related get in touch.

Salty and Sweet Video

April 4, 2013 in News

John Smith has released this brand spanking new video for the song ‘Salty and Sweet’, from his equally new album ‘Great Lakes’. Buy it here. This lovely frigid day at the seaside seems the perfect story of a girl who is looking to escape her hometown. A wonderful ditty that makes use of standard tuning (EADGBE). Well we all know John likes to mess with convention when it comes to guitar tuning, but it seems here it was not needed. Hope you enjoy!


Salty and Sweet

I’m a fishing girl, just a lonely girl
The Town in which I live is breaking water
I told my Mother, my violent brother
All they give to me is reason to leave

Imagine my surprise, a pair of ancient eyes
Set into a face as old as land
He stands in front of, he came out of the sea
He says it hurts his skin to touch the sand

He crawls back into the sea, the air is salty and sweet
A backward glance by way of invitation
I’m in now up to my knees, the air is salty and sweet
I’ll leave my dress by way of explanation

My man don’t care for clothes, the things he does not own
They never trouble him, never give him grief
‘Cause he’s as soft as silk, as pure as baby milk
And harder than earth that he scorns


Clockwork Owl – Perfect Storm

April 3, 2013 in News

Great little video from the Clockwork Owl Sessions; John Smith’s ‘Perfect Storm’ – really “what is love but the perfect storm”?


New Fylde Acoustic Guitar – John Smith

March 30, 2013 in News

If any of you had a chance to see Mr. Smith on his UK tour, and soon to be Ireland, you would have noticed his new guitar. Well here is a little info on the new axe and you have to admit, it’s a beauty. Lisa Hannigan has dubbed it ”The Millennium Falcon”.

The Fylde Guitars website had this to say on the new guitar;

“John has finally managed to collect his new guitar, after nearly losing it to everyone who has visited here over the last two months.

The back and sides are Macassar Ebony, probably the wildest looking pieces I had. The top is stripy Cedar. John does like the exotic, but he didn’t like my suggestion of gold plating. I should have done it without telling him; it’s not like me to miss a chance like that”.

Millennium Falcon Reesonator John Smith

Ohhh What’s That?

Notice this is no normal acoustic guitar; this is a ‘J&S’ guitar! John describes it on his FaceBook page as an “eight string, fan fret, baritone, resonator, acoustic guitar”. What? Will here is a little information to talk you through what all that means.

Fylde Guitars

The guitar is custom build by the renowned Fylde Guitars. This is an English company, based in Penrith, Cumbria. It was started in 1973 by Roger Bucknall, who still works on the guitars today. Some of the most celebrated customers are artists like Eric Bibb, Gordon Giltrap and Bert Jansch.

8 String Guitar

A standard guitar has the customary 6 strings, these are tuned to E-A-D-G-B-E. This eight string seems to double the high ‘B’ and ‘E’ strings, this is very similar to a 12 string guitar. This produces a richer, more ringing tone than a standard six-string guitar. Essentially, these strings will produce a natural chorus effect.

8 String John Smith Guitar

Fan Fret

Fanned Fret Guitar
Again nothing standard here! Unlike a normal guitar where the metal frets across the fretboard are at conventional intervals, perpendicular to the neck of the guitar and vertical, on this guitar they are ‘fanned’. Meaning they are at angles.

Why? Many believe the benefits include more comfortable and ergonomic play, better intonation (often called ‘action’), and better control of the tension of the strings across the fretboard.

Baritone Acoustic

This has a longer ‘Scale Length’, this is the longest strings can be placed to produce a useful pitch and tone. A baritone guitar allows you to tune to lower pitch, normally a perfect-fifth below standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E) meaning it would be A D G C E A. But also able to tune a perfect-fourth below (B E A D F♯ B) and a major–third lower (C F B♭ E♭ G C).

Resonator Acoustic Guitar

Fylde Resonator Guitar

Unlike a normal acoustic guitar where the majority of the volume is produced and amplified through the sound-hole and body of the guitar. with a resonator the volume comes from one or more spun metal cones create the volume.

Want to know in full how resonator guitars work? Well, watch this video below.

Here’s John ‘wielding’ his new axe.


See this great guitar in action below:

If you have any of your own pictures of this guitar and any others please get in touch, we would love to see them and post them on the site.


England Rolls Away Video – The Wired Sessions

March 27, 2013 in News

Another great recording for the Wired Sessions by John Smith. This time ‘England Rolls Away’, track three from the new album ‘Great Lakes’.



John Smith – Epstein Theatre – 23-03-2013

March 26, 2013 in News

It was the third night in the recent tour of the UK, a tour that is taking him up and down the country and even across to Ireland.

Click to view full tour details

John Smith’s mesmerising percussive guitar and story telling has been winning fans everywhere. Whether it be playing the guitar lap-style like a drum, detuning the strings mid-chorus or just straight-forward rumbling fingerstyle, the Devon man’s playing has prompted both hushed appreciation and riotous standing ovations.

Have look at the videos below to see what the fair people of Liverpool thought when John played the Epstein Theatre.



Great Lakes The Telegraph Review

March 26, 2013 in News

So the new album is out on iTunes! I would bet if you are reading this you already have it! But what to the critics think? Not that is matters, you’ll still love John Smith, but it’s always worth a look.

Please click on the image below to read the review made in the Telegraph.

Great Lakes The Telegraph Review - 1

What do you think? Please leave a comment below.


London Union Chapel – 14-11-2013

March 23, 2013 in News

New Date for John Smith’s tour…it’s going to be a BIG one!

London Union Chapel - Details

London Union Chapel

Read about the gig here.

Tickets are available here.



Great Lakes CD Track List

March 21, 2013 in News

John Smith’s new album ‘Great Lakes’  - Available from iTunes 25th March 2013


1 – There’s a Stone

2 – Great Lake

3 – England Rolls Away

4 – Freeing Wind of Change

5 – Town to Town

6 – Salty and Sweet (Feat. Lisa Hannigan)

7 – She is My Escape

8 – Away We Go

9 – Perfect Storm

10 – Forever

11 – Lungs

Jasmine by Jai Paul, for The Wired Sessions

March 20, 2013 in News

Great cover of ‘Jasmine’ by Jai Paul.


Have a listen to the original here.

John Smith – Band on the Wall Manchester – 19-03-2013

March 20, 2013 in News

It’s official the John Smith Tour of 2013 is underway! The first night in Manchester’s ‘Band on the Wall’ went down a storm and hopefully a great foundation for a wonderful tour to come.

The evening began with the support act Stefan Melbourne.

Stefan is a singer-songwriter from Holmfirth, now resident in Manchester and has just self-released his debut EP ‘Before the Sun Sets’.

Have a quick listen below:

Recent reviews of this E.P have been nothing but praise;

It’s beautiful, melodic and it plays like an act of catharsis, each chapter of the story unrolling in your ears with every new track. Stefan Melbourne has a lot of talent and he has unreservedly poured it into this album.

Great songs like ‘A place to Hide’, ‘One Last Time’ and ‘How Long is Always really showed of this very talented young man and made him the perfect act to support John Smith.


Time for John!

Around 21:30 the main man took to the stage! Accompanied by the extremely gifted musician John Thorn (interviewed here).

Together they set the room alight, well in an acoustic/double-bass, folk genre kind of way. But this is as good a way as any. We were treated to a whole range of tracks from the new album ‘Great Lakes’ and others from his wonderful back catalogue.

New tracks like ‘England Rolls Away’, ‘Great Lakes’ and ‘Lungs’ were all received very well, but this is for a simple reason….he’s a great song writer. We were even given the treat of seeing John’s new guitar. The new eight stringed, acoustic resonator. As guitars go, she’s a looker!

As the evening progressed and the crowd had forgotten that this was a Tuesday night with work in the morning; the more boisterous individuals offered a few joking comments. For example a well timed “That will do it!” (draped in a thick Manchester accent) was shouted at the end of one of the tracks. John met this with humor and seemed to open more to the crowd as the evening went on. Soon finding his front-man feet. Good because he’ll need it for the tour ahead.



Nothing but greatness from this well seasoned, greatly toured musician. But of course it went well, it’s John Smith!


The Lullaby Project: John Smith

March 19, 2013 in News

Look back at some of John Smiths Great tracks! Love this one…


Great Lake – City Session

March 18, 2013 in News

Here is a little recording of ‘Great Lakes for ‘City Sessions’! Hope you enjoy!


Stevie Jackson to open London show 25th March

March 17, 2013 in News

John Smith has confirmed that Stevie Jackson will be opening his London show, 25th march 2013.


“The glorious Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian) will be opening my show in London on March 25th. Please keep an eye on Twitter for more updates concerning wonderful opening acts”.


Stevie Jackson

Really does look like it will be a great night. For more information about the new tour and to get tickets please tick here.

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