There will be no let-up for John Smith in 2019 – currently mid-way through a monster 29 date UK & Ireland tour, he has just announced further UK dates for January & February.  Described by Mojo as “mesmerising”, and “gorgeously warm” by The Guardian, his new album ‘Hummingbird’, his fifth, was released in October via Commoner / Thirty Tigers.

UK DATES JAN / FEB 2019

Thu 24 Jan, Le Belle Angel, EDINGURGH
Fri 1 Feb, Portland Arms, CAMBRIDGE
Sat 2 Feb, Old Fire Station, OXFORD
Sun 3 Feb, the Globe, CARDIFF
Tue 5 Feb, Glee Club, NOTTINGHAM
Thu 7 Feb, St Paul’s Church, BIRMINGHAM
Fri 8 Feb, Kingskerswell Church, KINGSKERSWELL
Sun 24 Feb, the Royal Exchange, MANCHESTER

Talking about ‘Hummingbird’, John explains

“Hummingbird is a love song in the key of D, for someone I used to know. ‘Here She Comes, There She Flies’.

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”.

UK – Ireland  Dates October / November 2018

04 Oct Aberdeen The Lemon Tree
05 Oct Ullapool Guitar Festival
10 Oct Cork  IE Coughlan’s
11 Oct Cork IE Coughlan’s
12 Oct Limerick IE Dolan’s
13 Oct Dublin IE Unitarian Church
14 Oct Bangor NI Studio Theatre
17 Oct Chipping Norton The Theatre
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

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