Folk/Americana singer John Smith to headline The Waterfront Studio
PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 06 November 2017
English Folk/Americana singer and songwriter John Smith is coming to Norwich on his headline European tour.
With support from Will Stratton, John Smith will be headlining The Waterfront Studio in Norwich on November 22.
Other than the name, there is nothing commonplace about John Smith. He’s played to audiences all over the world, in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls, with a powerful singing voice that critics have compared to the likes of John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne.
John has been touring relentlessly as both a headline and supporting act, opening shows for Iron & Wire, Tinairwen, Gil Scott-Heron, John Martyn and John Rembourn, also playing alongside artists such as Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Martin Carthy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell.
He plays a rumbling fingerstyle, sometimes using a slide, sometimes playing the guitar on his lap and sometimes detuning his guitar mid-song. His guitar work and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause.
Ben Howard describes him as a ‘magician’ whilst other critics say he has ‘captured something special’ and ‘there’s a refreshing openness and honesty’ to his latest record.
He was named Young Acoustic Guitarist of the year in 2003 and hasn’t stopped to look back, unless it’s to pick up his banjo.
Headlong, his newest album released on May 19, comes bearing a title implying impulsive, breakneck motion - written as it was, during various touring stints in North America - with a view ahead, to new horizons and new songs, to new opportunities and new audiences.
The album also bears the indelible loss of John’s friend and guitar hero John Renbourn, who called John “the future of folk music” and to whose memory ‘Headlong’ is dedicated.
2017 UK tour dates:
November 8 - Quarterhouse in Folkstone
November 9 - The Brunswick in Brighton
November 10 - The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge
November 11 - Liverpool Philharmonic in Liverpool
November 13 - Talking Heads in Southampton
November 14 - The Louisiana in Bristol
November 15 - Henry Tudor House in Shrewsbury
November 16 - St Barnabas Church in Oxford
November 17 - Loves Cafe in Weston-Super-Mare
November 20 - The Greystones in Sheffield
November 21 - The Greystones in Sheffield
November 22 - The Waterfront Studio in Norwich
November 23 - Cecil Sharp House in London
November 25 - High and Lonesome Festival in Headingley
2018 UK tour dates:
January 25 - Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow
January 30 - Arts Centre in Colchester
February 1 - Sugarmill in Stone-On-Trent
February 3 - More Music in Morecombe
February 4 - Gala in Durham
February 5 - Fruit in Hull
February 10 - Stevington Village Hall in Bedford
February 23 - West End Centre in Aldershot
March 3 - Broadhempston Village Church in Totnes