John Smith

Plus Special Guests

TUESDAY 12TH APRIL 2022

Doors 7pm

Event on sale Wednesday 3rd November 10am

‘The Fray’ is Smith’s sixth studio album, written and recorded in a universally difficult 2020, and
his vulnerability throughout is offered to his listeners, unadorned. “It’s been a hell of a year,
but I feel I’ve created my most honest work as a result, and as a necessity. A lot of these songs
are about accepting that life is hard, but just holding on and trying to enjoy it anyway.” Smith’s
stubborn optimism in tough circumstances shines through on the title track, in which he sings
“Holding onto hope / I don’t need a decent reason / Yes and though it disappears sometimes /
It returns with every season”.
Smith co-produced ‘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 co-wrote a couple of songs for the album whilst on tour before the pandemic. Driving a
rental car from Asheville to Nashville, John stopped to write the standout track ‘Eye to Eye’ with
North Carolina-based Sarah Siskind. The Americana influence is a red thread throughout the
album which beautifully compliments Smith’s unmistakable British Folk roots.
With 10 weeks in the US Americana top 50 charts, and with strong coverage in AP, Mojo,
Sunday Times, No Depression, Guitar Magazine, and The Fretboard Journal, backed up with
over 2million streams in the first two months of release alone, ‘The Fray’ is set to become
John’s most successful and critically acclaimed album.
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 55 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.
'Smith's voice is a rare and deeply soulful combination of granite and velvet’ - THE SUNDAY
TIMES
‘Aching, doggedly optimistic and gently spangled with hooks’ - MOJO
‘There’s a comforting sway to the album’s melodic folk-pop, built on Smith’s subtle guitar
work...12 tunes of resilience, devotion and hope, with determination
in the lyrics and buoyancy in the music.’ - ASSOCIATED PRESS
‘An album of searing honesty and lithe beauty whose songs amplify the emotions and
experiences of so many of us this year—the reassessed relationships, the self-reflection, and the
ultimate search for hope.’ - THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION

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19a West Register Street
Edinburgh
Midlothian
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EH2 2AA

Venue Details

Regular Music Presents

TUE 1 FEB 2022
Brendan Benson
Plus special guests
Oran Mor, GlasgowDoors 7.00pmcancelled
SUN 13 FEB 2022
James Blunt
Gavin James
SEC Armadillo, GlasgowDoors 7pm£46.20
THU 24 FEB 2022
Glasvegas
SWG3, GlasgowDoors 7:00pm£26.50
SAT 26 FEB 2022
Van Der Graaf Generator
No support:
The Queen's Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£35/£30
MON 28 FEB 2022
Echo & the Bunnymen
' Celebrating 40 Years Of Magical Songs
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7pm Sold Out / Returns may become available
TUE 1 MAR 2022
Tebi Rex
Plus Special Guests
Poetry Club, SWG3, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£8.00
Echo & the Bunnymen
' Celebrating 40 Years Of Magical Songs
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7pm £35.00
FRI 4 MAR 2022
Keeley Forsyth
Glad Cafe, ShawlandsDoors 7pm£15.00
MON 14 MAR 2022
The Mary Wallopers
Plus special guests
Oran Mor, GlasgowDoors 7pmSOLD OUT
TUE 15 MAR 2022
The Mary Wallopers
Plus special guests
Oran Mor, GlasgowDoors 7pm£15.00
THU 17 MAR 2022
Stiff Little Fingers
+ special guests
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7.00pmReturns may become available
FRI 18 MAR 2022
China Crisis
The Queen's Hall, EdinburghDoors 6.30pm£25.00
SAT 19 MAR 2022
Buzzcocks
Voodoo Rooms, EdinburghDoors 7.00pmSold Out
SUN 20 MAR 2022
Buzzcocks
Plus Special Guests
Oran Mor, Glasgow7:00pm£20.00
Randy Newman
'An Evening with'
Usher Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£55.00
MON 21 MAR 2022
Stereophonics
OVO Hydro, GlasgowDoors 6.30pmVarious
FRI 25 MAR 2022
EWAN MACFARLANE
Glad Cafe, ShawlandsDoors 7.00pmsold out
SAT 26 MAR 2022
The Silencers
plus support
SWG3, GlasgowDoors 7pm£18.50
WED 6 APR 2022
Noah Gundersen
Plus Bess Atwell
Oran Mor, GlasgowDoors 7pm£20.00
THU 7 APR 2022
Pictish Trail
Summerhall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£15.00
FRI 8 APR 2022
The Pictish Trail
Beat Generator Live, DundeeDoors 7pm £14.00
TUE 12 APR 2022
John Smith
Plus Special Guests
Voodoo Rooms, EdinburghDoors 7pm£16.00
WED 13 APR 2022
Marti Pellow
Greatest Hits Tour
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£37.50
Paul Weller
Usher Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm £45.00
FRI 15 APR 2022
Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers
Plus Special Guests
The Queen's Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£22.50
SAT 16 APR 2022
The Mission
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7pm £29.50
SUN 17 APR 2022
Marti Pellow
Edinburgh Playhouse, EdinburghDoors 7pm£37.50 + Levy
MON 18 APR 2022
Lazy Habits
Sneaky Pete's, EdinburghDoors 7pm£11.00
TUE 19 APR 2022
Lazy Habits
Plus special guests
The Garage (Attic Bar), GlasgowDoors 7pm£11.00
WED 20 APR 2022
Joe Bonamassa
SEC Armadillo, GlasgowDoors 6.30pm£90/£105
SUN 24 APR 2022
Engelbert Humperdinck
The Angel on my Shoulder Tour
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow7.00 p.m.£39.50
Nick Lowe in Concert
The Queen's Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£37.50