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Manchester Folk Festival presents: John Smith with Georgina Lewis

John Smith’s honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds the world over to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause. For him, it’s all for the love of the guitar. John plays a rumbling acoustic fingerstyle, and sometimes uses a slide or plays the guitar on his lap.

His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. John Smith tours relentlessly with his guitars, performing to audiences all over the world in festival tents, living rooms and sold-out concert halls, looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen.

John has opened shows for Iron and Wine, John Martyn, Tinariwen and Gil Scott-Heron, and has performed alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell.

Supported by:

Georgia Lewis
Hailed as the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years, Georgia Lewis embodies a glorious cocktail of modern folk influences. With stories of love, conflict, betrayal, she seeks the timeless themes in old words. Much of her material is traditional; in her début album, The Bird Who Sings Freedom, Georgia explores ballads of childhood, courtship, marriage and motherhood. Well-worn traditional songs sit alongside two originals: an AE Housman poem and, opening the album, a setting of the words of Maya Angelou.

This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – a celebration of English folk in all its forms, from indie to traditional, familiar names alongside exciting new voices. From 19-22 October in and around HOME, the whole festival takes place in one area of Manchester over one weekend. The Festival presents an incredible music line-up, as well as craft workshops, film, a proper pub singaround, artists in conversation and a relaxed Festival Hub where you can watch the world go by. Friendly, inclusive and full of opportunities for discovery, it will have the spirit of a festival in a field, in the heart of the city.