John Smith

John Smith

The Grand Social Dublin
The Grand Social, Dublin
The Grand Social Dublin 22/10/2022 19:30
22/10/2022 19:30

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Renowned folk artist John Smith hails from the English seaside in Devon and has long had links to Ireland, not least thanks to his long standing touring relationships with Lisa Hannigan and Cara Dillon.


John Smith will return this autumn for an intimate live show at The Grand Social, Dublin on Saturday 22nd October, presented by Turing Pirate.


Known for his intimate songwriting, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, John Smith has spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 80 million streams on Spotify.  As a session musician he has played guitar with artists as diverse as Joan Baez, David Gray, Joe Henry, Lianne La Havas and Tom Jones.


John Smith says: “As long as I have been touring and releasing records, Ireland has been the real touchstone. 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. The support I’ve received from radio & media has been so generous and instrumental in making the whole thing work. I can’t wait to get back there and sing these new songs to people I haven’t seen in three years.”


 John Smith’s most recent album ‘The Fray’ - his sixth studio album - garnered praise from folk music aficionados across the globe, with Americana UK saying, “Everything about this album reaches deep.”


Smith co-produced ‘The Fray’ with long-time friend and producer Sam Lakeman.  They 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 the times, with American collaborators Sarah Jarosz, Courtney Hartman, The Milk Carton Kids and Bill Frisell recording remotely and sending contributions over international borders.  


Lisa Hannigan contributed via a virtual studio session in Dublin. Smith co-wrote a couple of songs for the album whilst on tour before the pandemic.  Driving a rental car from Asheville to Nashville, John stopped to write the standout track ‘Eye to Eye’ with North Carolina-based Sarah Siskind.  The Americana influence is a thread throughout the album which beautifully compliments Smith’s unmistakeable British Folk roots.   



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General Admission: €18.50(Incl. Booking Fee)