- 25 Apr 13
John warmly thanks the audience for supporting him on his biggest Irish date yet. Something tells me he’ll be playing bigger rooms very soon...
Rough Trade records founder Geoff Travis has a theory that, despite the highly unpredictable and volatile nature of the music industry, every good artist will eventually find the audience they deserve.
There’s a sense that the inauspiciously named John Smith is finally getting there with his fourth album Great Lakes, after years of opening for the illustrious Iron & Wine, James Yorkston, David Gray, Jools Holland, Lisa Hannigan and the legendary Gil Scott-Heron.
This dapper chap from Devon is so soft-spoken you struggle to make out what he’s saying between songs. Yet when he sings, his voice is strong and confident, offering a rich, soothing balm somewhere between Nick Drake and John Martyn.
He does, in fact, throw in a tender version of Martyn’s ‘Spencer The Rover’. There are even more surprises in store as Lisa Hannigan joins Smith onstage for a divine rendition of his current radio hit ‘Salty & Sweet.’
Smith’s double bassist and percussionist elevate his show above humdrum solo troubadour fare. While Ben Howard has cited Smith as a massive influence on his playing style, it’s heartening to see now that it’s not just musicians who are taking note.