John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene.

He was named Young Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year in 2003 and hasn’t stopped to look back, unless it’s to pick up a banjo. His playing combined with his honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause.

He has opened shows for Lisa Hannigan, John Martyn, Iron and Wine, Seth Lakeman, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, David Gray, Cara Dillon, James Yorkston, Martin Carthy, Jools Holland and many more.


“Utterly engrossing, earthy and compelling”

“Map Or Direction finds his own unselfconsciously mythic songwriting bolstered by rippling guitar parts and a wounded-bear bray. Great things are ahead”
The Sunday Times

Time Out

Filmed live at the Gleebe Gardens in Baltimore, Cork.

Filmed by Simon O’Neill and Myles O’Reilly.

Directed and edited by Simon O’Neill.