“A guitar genius…He sounds as though he arrived 60 years ago but looks startlingly young, perched on a chair, quietly confident, charming and instantly engaging.” –The Sun
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, Jools Holland, Martin Simpson and Gil Scott-Heron.
He has recently a part of the Bright Phoebus celebrations held at the Warwick Arts Centre. Celebrating one of the great ‘lost’ folk albums – by Lal & Mike Waterson – he joined a star-studded line up featuring the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Eliza Carthy, and Richard Hawley.
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.
Supporting John in Witney is Oxford’s own (and long-time Rapture favourites!) The Epstein, described by Q Magazine as being, “as engaging as Calexico and as endearing as The Broken Family Band.” The evening will also be opened by Dennis Ellsworth – another rising folk-rock talent currently promoting his fifth album.
John’s most recent album Great Lakes is out now, and plays Fat Lil’s, Witney on 28 November. Tickets for the show are available in-store or online HERE, priced at £7. Doors 19:30/Music from 20:00.