Devonian folk aficionado, John Smith, is bringing his immense catalogue of poignant ballads to the North East this month as he takes to the stage at Stockton’s celebrated ARC venue. Despite owning the most common name in the world, he is undeniably unique; his intimate songwriting delves into the anatomy of human experience, tackling the reality of love and loss.
Hailing from the south-west coast of Devon, Smith first made his name on the folk circuit through a series of support gigs in which he opened for folk greats such as John Martyn, Davy Graham and most recently Ben Howard who declared Smith as quite simply: “a magician”.
Smith’s relentless touring schedule has seen him perform extensively across the globe, playing for devoted audiences in Britain, Europe and America, and earning a viciously loyal following of fans that are captivated by his fiercely honest songwriting.
Aside from his solo work, Smith has performed alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker and through his occasional role as a session musician, has played electric guitar for David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, LeAnn Rimes and Lianne La Havas commendably.
Smith remains unsigned to a record label, instead choosing to release his work privately. He has released five self-funded records to date and his latest, ‘Headlong’, was released in late June of 2017. His performance at ARC, Stockton is set to be a night of breathtaking folk to marvel over and is not to be missed!
John Smith plays ARC, Stockton on Friday 11th May with doors opening at 8:00pm. Tickets, priced at £13.10 (including booking fee), are available to purchase online at arconline.co.uk or by contacting the ARC Box Office on 01642 525199.