John Smith + special guests Dead Cities

  • Friday | 30.04.10
  • 7.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £10 General...



The playing style he adopts may cause your jaw to hit the floor…he has all the flair for the gathering storm that made Jeff Buckley so attractive…one hesitates to mention Nick Drake but well, one already has done.” Word Magazine

John Smith is a guitar man from Devon. He is 27 years old. He is also quietly becoming recognized as one of the most exciting new voices on the British folk scene. Smith spent several years working on the road – touring with late great folk legend John Martyn and accompanying Davy Graham on his final tour. He has also supported John Renbourn, David Gray, Martin Carthy, Jools Holland, Tunng, and has shared the stage with Cara Dillon, James Yorkston, Martin Simpson and Ben Ottewell. This year John stormed Glastonbury and Cambridge. Band on the Wall is delighted to welcome this major new force to its Manchester stage for the very first time.

Support comes from Dead Cities whose ethereal, beautiful lo-fi music has been seducing audiences across the country.

This concert will begin at 7.30pm.

“Brilliant” MOJO “Spellbinding” Time Out

“A guitar genius…He sounds as though he arrived 60 years ago but looks startlingly young, perched on a chair, quietly confident, charming and instantly engaging.” The Sun

“One man, a guitar and an incredible voice…mesmerising” BBC

“His performance was an object lesson in how taste and imagination always outweigh mere musical virtuosity…unexpected and daring” The Sunday Times

“John Smith continually swoons audiences with his own strain of nu-folk. It is only a matter of time before he is enormous.”  NME