Following the release of his rapturously received new album Headlong, acclaimed singer and guitarist John Smith has announced an extensive forthcoming UK and Euro headline tour for 2017.

Produced by Sam Lakeman and featuring Cara Dillon on BVs, new album Headlong comes dedicated to the memory of John Renbourn and is the follow up to Great Lakes, John’s widely-applauded and Radio 2 supported release of 2013.

Headlong is the fifth album in a hard-working, under-the-radar career that has earned the Devon-born Smith a dedicated following and secured the respect and admiration of his peers. The late Renbourn called him “the future of folk music”, and Smith has opened shows for artists as diverse as Iron And Wine, John Martyn, Tinariwen and Gil Scott-Heron. He has also played on sessions for Joan Baez, Cara Dillon and Joe Henry among others, with Lianne La Havas and Lisa Hannigan both recruiting him to play lead guitar in their bands.

In stark contrast to the agonising 24 month period of writer’s block which frustrated the arrival of Great Lakes, the songs that would eventually become Headlong came together at nimble pace, during woodshedding in the isolated lulls afforded to touring musicians.

Many of the songs here are inspired by John’s wife and newborn baby. Headlong also bears the indelible loss of John’s close friend Renbourn. The death of the Pentangle legend took a particularly strong toll; “His death really hit me hard” says Smith; “He was so much more to me than someone I’d played with, and who had encouraged me. He was a friend as well, so I wanted to reference him on this album and that’s why I’ve dedicated it to his memory”.

TOUR DATES 2017

September

Date Venue
Thu 14th IE Dolans Limerick
Fri 15th Roisin Dubh Galway
Sun 17th Whelans Dublin
Mon 18th Black Box Belfast

October

Date Venue
Thu 5th The Drouthy Cobbler Elgin
Sat 7th Eden Court Inverness
Sun 8th Guitar Festival Ullapool
Mon 16th The Caves Edinburgh
Tue 17th Sage Gateshead
Wed 18th Brewery Arts Centre Kendal
Thu 19th Gorilla Manchester
Sat 21st SWN Festival Cardiff
Sun 22nd Parish Church Kingskerswell
Sun 29th The Prince Albert Stroud
Mon 30th The Stables Milton Keynes

November

Date Venue
Wed 1st The Keep Guildford
Wed 8th Quarterhouse Folkestone
Thu 9th The Brunswick Brighton
Fri 10th The Trades Club Hebden Bridge
Sat 11th Liverpool Philharmonic Liverpool
Mon 13th Talking Heads Southampton
Tue 14th The Louisiana Bristol
Wed 15th Henry Tudor House Shrewsbury
Thu 16th Barnabas Church Oxford
Fri 17th UK Loves Café Weston-Super-Mare
Mon 20th The Greystones Sheffield (SOLD OUT)
Tue 21st The Greystones Sheffield
Wed 22nd Waterfront Studio Norwich
Thu 23rd Cecil Sharp House London
Sat 25th High And Lonesome Festival Leeds

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