HOT PRESS | ALBUM REVIEW 8/10

Spellbinding autumnal listening.

English folk singer John Smith’s Hummingbird is a fine thing, beautifully combining a classic rustic vibe with poetic lyrics. Having spent over 15 years touring with just his trusty guitar, Smith has cultivated an enthralling style. On this album, he pays affecting homage to major influences like Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. But he is his own man.

Devastating at times, cautiously optimistic at others, Hummingbird is a hugely compelling listen.

—Hot Press. Read on for full review.

Shire Folk | Album Review

John’s exquisite guitar playing is beautifully and subtly augmented by contributions from Cara Dillon, John McCusker and Ben Nicholls. (A musician’s dream team!)

The songs are, for the most part, well known to any folk fan but they feel fresh and contemporary delivered through John’s rich, husky vocals.

—Jane Dawson

THE IRISH TIMES | ALBUM REVIEW 4/5

The timing and the tone are breathtaking, a mark of a performer in the zone. Smith understands the continuum of traditional music, how each voice hears it anew. Hummingbird subtly asserts his own credentials, as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, while paying homage to the likes of Richard Thompson, Nic Jones and John Renbourn. 

Of his three songs, the title track, with its Thompson influence, will enjoy a long life

—The Irish Times. Read on for the full review.