- 19 Oct 22
"I feel so fortunate to have found a place in this musical country where I can play my songs to the best audience in the world," the British singer-songwriter said ahead of his Irish gigs in Cork and Dublin.
Folk artist John Smith is returning to Ireland this week for three intimate live shows in Cork and Dublin, with tickets on sale now.
He is set to perform at Coughlans in Cork this Thursday, October 20th and Friday, October 21st, and at Dublin's The Grand Social on Saturday, October 22nd, presented by Turning Pirate.
Smith's heartfelt single 'Star Crossed Lovers (feat. Lisa Hannigan)' from his 2021 LP The Fray is currently in the Irish Radio Breakers Chart.
"As long as I have been touring and releasing records, Ireland has been the real touchstone," the singer said, who is known for his intimate songwriting, smooth voice and pioneering guitar playing.
"My audience has grown from those first bar gigs, fifteen years ago, to headline shows across the country. I feel so fortunate to have found a place in this musical country where I can play my songs to the best audience in the world," he continued, thanking Irish radio and media for their "instrumental" support.
"I can’t wait to get back there and sing these new songs to people I haven’t seen in three years," Smith said. The folk musician has spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 80 million streams on Spotify. In addition, he has performed on guitar as a session musician with the likes of Joan Baez, David Gray, Joe Henry, Lianne La Havas and Tom Jones.
John Smith's sixth studio album The Fray has received praise from folk music enthusiasts across the globe, not least for its bitterweet and relatable lyrics, such as "As long as you love me, I'll take on your darkness" ('Just as You Are') and "Please remember me, I'm not invisible" ('Star-Crossed Lovers').
Co-produced with long-time friend and producer Sam Lakeman and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio, with pianist Jason Rebello (Sting, John Mayer), bass player Ben Nicholls (Seth Lakeman, Nadine Shah), drummer Jay Sikora (Paolo Nutini) and Jessica Staveley-Taylor of The Staves, the album is a true reflection of making music during the pandemic.
Lisa Hannigan contributed via a virtual studio session in Dublin, and American collaborators Sarah Jarosz, Courtney Hartman, The Milk Carton Kids and Bill Frisell similarly recorded remotely.
John Smith co-wrote the standout track 'Eye to Eye' while in the States pre-pandemic with North Carolina-based Sarah Siskind. The Americana influence can be felt throughout the album, beautifully merging with Smith’s British Folk roots.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter released his latest single 'Talk to Me of Mendocino', a collaboration with Birmingham-based folk singer-songwriter Katherine Priddy, on October 14th, ahead of their joint UK tour in November.
Smith also played the Hot Press Windmill Live series with Lisa Hannigan in December 2019, where he delivered a first-class performance.
Tickets for John Smith in Cork (€20) and Dublin (€16) are on sale now here.
Listen to The Fray by John Smith below.