one of this generation’s most important folk singers
a pure work of skill and appreciation
It is a pleasure to hear John’s acoustic guitar here, often alone, played with such patience to deliver a perfectly pitched slice of gentle bucolic romance. His versatile voice also softens to remain in keeping with the relaxed and spacious picking; in fact, those lingering pauses, so well timed, add as much balance to the song as the playing and singing.
Hummingbird is Smith’s most impressive album yet, even if it doesn’t want to shout about it. A work of mature and subtle beauty, celebrating songs that are still being sang and ones that will carry on being sang; this album should be heard by everyone.
—Folk Radio UK. Read on for the full review.