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John Smith - Hummingbird
Saturday 02 February 2019, 08:00pm - 10:45pm
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 Balladeer, troubadour, master interpreter, celebrated songwriter, virtuoso guitarist – John Smith announces extra dates for February 2019 due to popular demand.

No let-up for John Smith in 2019 – Dates now announced for February as he continues to promote the acclaimed and celebrated release of his brand new album, Hummingbird. 

Described by Mojo as, “mesmerising”, “gorgeously warm” by The Guardian, whilst The Sunday Times, justifiably, challenges those who think they may be allergic to folk music to re-consider!

“The guitar work is virtuosic, complimenting his hypnotic vocal style” - Guitarist 10/10.    “Drama, magic, tragedy” – Songlines 4/5.

"A brilliant guitarist, a soulful singer of great subtlety yet formidable emotion, John Smith proves himself to be an unlikely yet original and heartfelt interpreter of the inherent drama that lurks in traditional song" Colin Irwin

The Future Of Folk Music” - John Renbourn   “You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat” - Mojo  “Spellbinding” - Time Out

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.


Location Arts At The Old Fire Station, 40 George St. Oxford. OX1 2AQ.

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