On his new release, Hummingbird, traditional tunes and contemporary themes effortlessly entangle themselves to create a wonderful and worthy addition to the English folk canon.
Two things hit the listener right away: Smith's singing and playing. He's exceedingly gifted at both. His honey voice is the raw, unfiltered sort — sweet, smooth, and healing, but with a hint of grit when you want it most.
Some artists are a bit precious, when approaching old folk songs, not trusting the sturdiness with which they've survived hundreds of years of interpretation. Smith doesn't do that. He wraps himself around them and them around him, tugging here and stretching there to make them fit his own needs, while never abandoning the heart of their matters
— Kelly McCartney for Folk Alley. Read on for the full review.