Hummingbird is the 5th album from John Smith, It comes just one year after the release of his fantastic ‘Headlong’ album.
Once again produced by Sam (brother of Seth) Lakeman, ‘Hummingbird’ is a record John has long wanted to make. Talking about the record, he explains “Ever since my teenage epiphany at the altar of Folk Music, hearing Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn for the first time, I have been a devotee.
The six strings of my guitar have granted me access to a sacred space between things, the unconscious interweaving sensations that allow us that gentle buzz on hearing a good folk song.
I’ve been immeasurably fortunate to open for and even play with some of my heroes and influences in the folk world. John Renbourn, Davy Graham, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Nic Jones, Joan Baez, Wizz Jones, John Martyn, Danny Thompson, Martin Simpson and Paul Brady.
Their work and their generosity of spirit has been a constant reminder that I must keep playing, recording and touring, no matter the cost. There is always work to be done in the service of good music.
It was with this in mind that I returned to Sam Lakeman’s Somerset studio in March of 2018, two years since recording ‘Headlong’ in that same place, to commit six of my favorite folk songs to tape, alongside one cover version and three original songs”
From start to finish it’s a record of non-stop quality. From the beautiful title-track ‘Hummingbird’ to the rousing ‘Willy Moore’, the powerful ‘Axe Mountain’ and the Cara Dillon featuring ‘Uniquet Grave’, it’s an album that simultaneously tugs at your heart as it tugs at your head.
John is currently mid-way through at huge UK & Ireland tour. His 5th album is unquestionably one of 2018s best folk records. His reinvention of this collection of classic folk songs are inspired, breathing fresh life into a collection of songs which, in some cases, are hundreds of years old. A perfect accompaniment to the darkening autumn evenings.
20 Oct Whitby Musicport Festival
21 Oct Liverpool St George’s Hall
22 Oct Gateshead Sage Gateshead
24 Oct Leeds The Wardrobe
25 Oct Sheffield Picture House Social
26 Oct Thames Ditton The Ram Club
30 Oct Newbury Arlington Arts Centre
01 Nov Bury The Met Arts Centre
02 Nov Scunthorpe Cafe Indiependent
03 Nov Halifax Square Chapel
04 Nov York The Crescent
07 Nov Middlesbrough Town Hall
09 Nov Bristol Rough Trade
10 Nov Plymouth Barbican Theatre
11 Nov Dartmouth The Flavel
12 Nov Exeter Phoenix
14 Nov Southampton The Brook
15 Nov London St Pancras NEW Church (Bloomsbury)
16 Nov Brighton Unitarian Church
17 Nov Guildford St Mary’s Church