John Smith has announced the release of his new record, titled Hummingbird, due on 5th October
Take a listen to the new track too, in the form of Willy Moore…
The album announcement is also accompanied by a personal message from John which you can read below…
‘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 favourite folk songs to tape, alongside one cover version and three original songs.
With my guitars and notebook, I sat for a week and dug into these songs, some of which I have performed hundreds of times, but never recorded. I always chose instead to concentrate on my own writing. If I didn’t record these songs now, representing the Folk Music that I love, I felt I was going to regret it.
The tracks quickly took on their own shape in Sam’s able hands. I invited several good friends to join me in this process: Cara Dillon, John McCusker and Ben Nicholls. Each a giant in their own right, they offered subtle and deeply nuanced performances to what I feel are my most restrained recordings so far.
Sam and I adopted the motto ‘less is more’. We all know that a Folk Song’s clarity of purpose is exactly the reason why it has been played in pubs, living rooms and concert halls for hundreds of years.
I made this record for myself, for my heroes and for you.
Somerset, May 2018’
Forthcoming tour dates are as follows…
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
20 Nov – Paris FR, Le Point Ephemere
21 Nov – Leuven BE, 30CC
22 Nov – Waregem BE, De Schakel
23 Nov – Beveren BE, Cultuurcentrum Ter Vesten
24 Nov – Evergem BE, Cultuurcentrum Evergem
28 Nov – Zurich CH, Bogen F
29 Nov – Leopoldsburg BE, Cultuurcentrum Leopoldsburg
02 Dec – Berlin DE, Kantine am Berghain
03 Dec – Munich DE, Ampere