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Folk/Americana singer John Smith to headline The Waterfront Studio

PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 06 November 2017

John Smith, English folk guitarist and singer from Devon. Photo: John Smith

John Smith, English folk guitarist and singer from Devon. Photo: John Smith

John Smith

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.

Tickets for the Norwich show can be bought from the UEA Box Office and via his website for the rest of his European tour.

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

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