John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene. Touring relentlessly as headliner and support act, he has opened shows for John Martyn, Iron and Wine, Seth Lakeman, David Gray, Cara Dillon, James Yorkston, Jools Holland, Tinariwen, Gil Scott-Heron and many others. John is a regular on the UK festival circuit, having played shows at Glastonbury, Green Man, Cambridge and many others.
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.
John has five records out; The Fox and the Monk (2006), Map Or Direction (2009) a collection of covers, Eavesdropping (2011), Great Lakes (2013), and his latest release Headlong (2017).