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Presented by Band of the Wall

John Smith

  • 24 February 2019
  • The Theatre
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BAND ON THE WALL BRINGS ONE OF THE UK'S MOST CELEBRATED SINGER-SONGWRITERS, JOHN SMITH, TO PERFORM IN THE ROUND AT THE ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE.

Essex-born John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. Raised by the Devon seaside and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 10 million Spotify streams. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer.

Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. His honey- on-gravel voice and mesmerising finger-style guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, Smith’s obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. Whether by way of album or concert, he leads the listener, enthralled in his presence, on a viscerally emotional journey.

A contributor and collaborator, John quickly and effortlessly earns the esteem of his comrades and heroes. He has opened for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called John Smith “the future of folk music.” On the contemporary side, he has also opened for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, and Ben Howard. He has guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Jerry Douglas, Glen Hansard and Rodney Crowell; and in his occasional role as sideman, he has played guitar for artists such as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Joe Henry and Joan Baez.

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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    EVENT DATE & TIME: Sunday 24 February, 7.30pm

    TICKET INFORMATION: Advance Tickets £20. On the door £22.  

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  • BAND ON THE WALL presents:

    HONEYFEET - Sunday 17 February 2019, 7.30pm. Advance tickets £22 / On the door £25. Book Online / Box Office: 0161 833 9833

    TALVIN SINGH AND JASON SINGH - Sunday 14 April 2019, 7.30pm. Advance tickets £20 / On the door £22. Book Online / Box Office: 0161 833 9833

    THE STEVE WILLIAMSON EXPERIENCE AND STRINGTINGSunday 19 May, 7.30pm. Advance tickets £20 / On the door £25. Book Online / Box Office: 0161 833 9833

    EXTRA INFORMATION: Please note these events are seated and within The Theatre 

    ADDITIONAL TICKETS AVAILABLE VIA BAND ON THE WALL

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