New album "Hummingbird"

Europe 5 Oct 2018
Rest of World 22 MAR 2019

Produced by Sam Lakeman  
Release: October 5, 2018 Europe / March 22, 2019 Worldwide
UPC: 752830544673 (CD), 752830544574 (LP)
Catalog: COMM01CD, COMM01LP
Fb/Tw/Insta: @thejohnsmith

Liner Notes (PDF): download album lyrics and credits

Liner Notes (PDF): download album lyrics and credits

Onesheet (PDF): download John's notes about the songs

Onesheet (PDF): download John's notes about the songs

“You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat.” -MOJO
“He’s a magician.” -Ben Howard
“Spellbinding.” -Time Out
“the guitarists’ guitarist.” -The Sunday Times
“Staggeringly good.” -Acoustic Magazine

John Smith is an independent musician who has toured the world for almost fifteen years with a guitar and suitcase.

He has independently released five albums and won critical acclaim in the UK and abroad, as well as playing as a session guitarist and singer for the likes of Joan Baez, Lisa Hannigan and Martin Simpson.

John is releasing Hummingbird on his own imprint, Commoner Records, via Thirty Tigers worldwide on March 22, 2019.

“The Future Of Folk Music” - John Renbourn

John Smith's inspiration for making "Hummingbird" was deeply personal.  An album he has long wished to make, "Hummingbird" reflects the sum of his influences - be they centuries, decades, years, or days old.  

The traditional songs on the album originate as far back as the 15th Century, and yet the record is surprisingly current, revealing the affirming consistency of the human condition.  In the course of 10 songs, John explores timeless themes of longing, love, loss, horror, tragedy, grief, resilience, desire, devotion, heroism, romance, dignity, and ultimate triumph.

John has formed a relationship with the songs over the course of his entire life - some from childhood ("Lord Franklin") and some from over a decade touring ("Willy Moore" and "Time Has Come").  The album reflects the role his influences have played in his own songwriting, selecting and interpreting.  Artists including John Renbourn, Davy Graham, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Nic Jones, Joan Baez, Wizz Jones, John Martyn, Danny Thompson, Martin Simpson, and Paul Brady.

Living alongside the traditional songs on "Hummingbird" are new original songs penned by Smith ("Hummingbird," "Boudica," and "Axe Mountain (Revisited)") - which stand up alongside the others as evidence of the power of his influences and personal history on his present creativity.

Produced by Sam Lakeman and recorded at his Somerset studio, "Hummingbird" features Cara Dillon, John McCusker and Ben Nicholls.

He is currently on an extensive European album release tour and will be joining Peter Mulvey on tour in the States in March and May 2019.