Gosforth Civic Theatre Presents

JOHN SMITH plus support from HANNAH READ

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 7.30pm doors.

£16 adv. Plus booking fee

John 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 40 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.

2021 sees Smith release his sixth studio album, The Fray. Throughout the collection of new songs, Smith touches on not just his own emotional turmoil experienced over the past year, but also his observance of the pain of those around him. But it is Smith’s stubborn optimism that shines through and differentiates his experiences and songs from his influences and contemporaries. His traits of holding onto hope, forgiving transgressions, and reckoning with his place in a world which doesn’t always reciprocate are not only necessary for Smith to deal, they’re contagious to anyone who finds themselves in similar situations, adrift in the wind.


For those who echo that sentiment, from experience, Smith shares his message on The Fray; “If we don’t hold on, we’re lost.”



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“Deserving crossover status, nine gorgeous originals” The Guardian

9/10 “An exquisite album, almost perfect” Americana UK

★★★★★ “A Stunning album, modern Celtic folk at it’s best” Maverick

“There is an inherent beauty to the material” Acoustic Magazine

★★★★ RnR Magazine

“A fine achievement” Folk Radio UK

“Charming” Fatea

“One of the finest singers of the day” MOJO magazine


Hailing from Scotland and now based in Brooklyn, Hannah Read is a versatile multi-instrumentalist widely recognised on the International stage. She’s best known for her fiddle playing, songwriting and was recently described as one of “the finest singers of the day” in MOJO Magazine. Hannah leads her own band and is an in-demand collaborator on both sides of the Atlantic, including one part of the critically acclaimed British folk super-group ‘Songs of Separation’, winners of ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.