A decade on from his debut here at The Brook supporting the legendary and great John Martyn, we welcome back John Smith, who, since then, has crafted, honed and perfected his skills to become a hugely respected and quite remarkable Folk Singer/Songwriter with inspirational qualities. This will be a powerful, intimate and wonderful show with Smith effortlessly transfixing our audience with his captivating music and style.
ABOUT JOHN SMITH
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 mesmerizing fingerstyle 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.
He has released five records - his most recent “Headlong” (2017) reached #15 in the Indie Breakers chart, #1 on iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter chart, and amassed over 10 million Spotify streams.
His forthcoming album “Hummingbird” will be released 5 October in Europe and in early 2019 in the rest of the world on his own imprint, Commoner Records, via Thirty Tigers worldwide.
“The future of folk music” - John Renbourn
“He’s a magician” - Ben Howard
“Spellbinding” - Time Out
Originally from PEI, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax when she’s not touring internationally. Fueled by collaboration she deeply values being part of multiple music communities.
Her 2012 album WE HAVE MADE A SPARK won a JUNO, 3 ECMAs, a CFMA, was long listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and made featured/best of lists in USA Today, NPR and Oprah Magazine. Her music has appeared in several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Nashville.
To make her new record NATURAL CONCLUSION, she enlisted GRAMMY award winning producer Joe Henry. The result is what Cousins calls “the most honest and vulnerable thing” she has made to date.
Rose Cousins is nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards, was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2018 International Folk Awards, and was recently named “Best Artist to Enjoy Quietly” by Halifax’s weekly arts paper The Coast. NATURAL CONCLUSION was nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY award (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Ryan Freeland, Joao Carvalho), is nominated for eight East Coast Music Awards, won two Music Nova Scotia Awards (Americana Album of The Year and Solo Album of the Year), is on Polaris Music Prize’s “Longer List.”
“…singer-songwriter Rose Cousins delivered an exquisite album, “Natural Conclusion,” that’s easily one of the most distinguished Americana releases of 2017” LA Times
“Cousins has a disarmingly fluid vocal tone and an ability to convey the most internalized emotions — disappointment, grief, resolve, forbearance — without an ounce of fuss.” NPR Music
“The simplicity of these songs is deceiving; as sparse as they feel, her voice draws you in until you realize you are at the heart of the storm.” The Guardian
“When Rose Cousins sings she soars and swoops, never to show off but always in service to the song” The Washington Post / AP
“You can hear the level of emotional sensitivity in each member of her band, all of them brilliant players…” CBC First Play Live
“…an emotional landscape full of beauty and conquest. It is formidable.” No Depression
“a beautiful album” Pop Matters
“Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.” Exclaim!
“Her lyrics are direct and forthright, her voice is crystal clear” The Irish Times ★★★★
“conviction and heart … haunting to uplifting in an instant” Maverick UK ★★★★
“achingly candid” USA Today
“It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection…” The Boston Globe
An intimate, cosy, seated event for those that want a more relaxed musical experience ~ a chance to sit back and enjoy the music in a candle lit setting, up close and personal to the band.