John Smith

Plus Special Guests


Doors 7pm


‘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
‘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
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Venue Details

Regular Music Presents

SAT 21 MAY 2022
Rev Magnetic
with Duncan Marquiss plus Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter
Stereo.., GlasgowDoors 7pm£12.00
SUN 22 MAY 2022
The Unthanks
The Queen's Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£24.00
THU 26 MAY 2022
Liquid Room , EdinburghDoors 7pm £20.00
FRI 27 MAY 2022
Andrew Roachford
Plus special guests
Oran Mor, Glasgow19.00£20.00
The Flaming Lips
& Heartless Bastards
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£35.00
SAT 28 MAY 2022
Andrew Roachford
Plus special guests
Oran Mor, Glasgow19.00£20.00
TUE 31 MAY 2022
John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension
Usher Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£30-£35
WED 1 JUN 2022
Finley Quaye
'Maverick A Strike' 25th Anniversary Show
Liquid Room , EdinburghDoors 7pm£18.50
Sugaray Rayford
Plus Special Guests
Oran Mor, GlasgowDoors 7pm£17.50
THU 2 JUN 2022
Finley Quaye
'Maverick A Strike' 25th Anniversary Show
Oran Mor, GlasgowDoors 7pm£18.50
FRI 3 JUN 2022
Jimmy Webb
Plis support from Ashley Campbell
The Queen's Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£26.50
SUN 5 JUN 2022
‘The Same Sky - 30th Anniversary’
Theatre Royal, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£34.00
FRI 10 JUN 2022
Del Amitri
Featuring The Greatest Hits & Fatal Mistakes
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7pm£40.00
SAT 11 JUN 2022
Del amitri
Featuring The Greatest Hits & Fatal Mistakes
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7pm£40.00
MON 13 JUN 2022
Jim White
Plus Special Guests
Saint Luke's, GlasgowDoors 7pm£20.00
TUE 14 JUN 2022
Mavis Staples
Support: Amy Helm
Usher Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£37.50
WED 15 JUN 2022
Laura Veirs
+ suppoert from Joni
Summerhall, EdinburghDoors 7pm £21.50
THU 16 JUN 2022
Laura Veirs
Plus special guest Joni
Stereo.., GlasgowDoors 7.00pm £21.50
The Milk Carton Kids
+ support
Saint Luke's, GlasgowDoors 7pmCANCELLED
FRI 17 JUN 2022
The War and Treaty
plus special guests
Saint Luke's, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£18.50
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7pm£25.00
MON 20 JUN 2022
Shovels & Rope
plus special guests
Saint Luke's, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£20.00
TUE 21 JUN 2022
plus Arlo McKinley & Emily Scott Robinson
Oran Mor, GlasgowDoors 7pm£10.00
WED 22 JUN 2022
Bob Mould
Katie Malco
Oran Mor, Glasgow7.00pmSOLD OUT
SUN 26 JUN 2022
Alas de Liona
+ Hector Shaw
Glad Cafe, ShawlandsDoors 7pm£8.50
MON 27 JUN 2022
The Felice Brothers
Plus special guests
Saint Luke's, GlasgowDoors 7pm£20.00
BRIAN WILSON - Good Vibrations Greatest Hits Tour
SEC Armadillo, GlasgowDoors 7pmVarious *Postponed*
WED 29 JUN 2022
Alas De Liona
Voodoo Rooms, EdinburghDoors 7pm£8.50
FRI 1 JUL 2022
Primal Scream
Queens Park ( Recreational Ground) , GlasgowDoors 5pm£39.50 Returns
SAT 2 JUL 2022
Primal Scream
Queens Park ( Recreational Ground) , GlasgowDoors 5pm£47.50
FRI 15 JUL 2022
M Ward
Plus special guests
Oran Mor, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£22.50
Tones and I
plus special guests
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£23.50