Triskel Arts Centre Doors 8:00 pm - Admission: €17.00
With five album releases in 11 years, most recently 2017’s Headlong, Essex-born, Devon-raised and Liverpool-grown John Smith’s reputation as an outstanding guitarist, singer and songwriter now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits including David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Cara Dillon and Joan Baez.
Mentored by the late John Renbourn – to whom Headlong is dedicated – and compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings.
His career has been built on a devoted grassroots following, made up of people willing to dig in to their pockets to take part in the communion of a song. He returns to Ireland for a seven-date tour, this time accompanied by famed Dublin drummer Graham Hopkins (The Frames, Glen Hansard).