John Smith Tickets

South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Friday 24th Sep 2021 7:30pm
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-- John Smith --

“wonderfully unforced” ***** The Independent
“He’s a magician” - Ben Howard
“Spellbinding” - Time Out

Against the backdrop of a universally difficult 2020, songwriter and guitarist John Smith found himself facing personal and unrelenting change. In the spring of 2020, Smith and his wife lost a pregnancy, and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. With his touring schedule of two hundred days a year on the road suddenly on indefinite hiatus, for the first time in over a decade, John was home.

“With newfound pain coming from so many directions, dealing with the uncertainty it brings, I closed the curtains and picked up the pen, turning to songwriting as a lifeline.” It’s unsurprising that the new songs reflect a shift in priorities. On his new album ‘The Fray’, Smith gives us an uplifting perspective on the path forward, but pays beautiful homage to the difficulties along the way.

Smith co-produced his sixth studio album ‘The Fray’ with long-time friend and producer Sam Lakeman. They recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio, with pianist Jason Rebello (Sting, John Mayer), bass player Ben Nicholls (Seth Lakeman, Nadine Shah), Drummer Jay Sikora (Paolo Nutini) and Jessica Staveley-Taylor of The Staves. The album is a true reflection of the times, with American collaborators Sarah Jarosz, Courtney Hartman, The Milk Carton Kids and Bill Frisell recording remotely and sending contributions over international borders. John’s frequent touring partner Lisa Hannigan contributed via a virtual studio session in Dublin.

Smith was born in Essex and raised on the Devon seaside. Known for his intimate songwriting, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, he has spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify. As a session musician, he has played guitar with artists as diverse as Joan Baez, David Gray, Joe Henry, Lianne La Havas and Tom Jones.

We are delighted to welcome him to South Street Arts Centre.

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21 South Street
Reading
UK
RG14QU

Accessibility Information

Full access for disabled customers to all areas of the building except for the San Francisco room. Unreserved wheelchair seating is available, please mention if you require this when booking. Limited disabled parking is available and for evening performances, parking is available outside the front of the building. Please mention when booking if you require any special assistance.

South Street can be found on the south side of Reading town centre, on the corner of South Street and East Street, near The Oracle.
On Foot (from Reading Station);
At the station, walk down the new concourse to the Heathrow airbus exit and cross over the road to Blagrave Street, where you will see The Town Hall on the left. Go past this and through the pedestrianised The Town Hall Square and cross over by St Lawrence's church to the post office in the market place. Keeping to the left hand side of the Market Place, go down the hill to the traffic lights and cross straight over to Duke Street, over the river bridge, straight over the lights ahead and into London Street. First left up the hill is South Street, with the venue about one hundred metres on the left.

There is a limited amount of parking for patrons at the rear of the venue. This is free of charge. Queens Road public car park is a 2-3 minute walk from South Street.

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