Musik M:Soundtrack: John Smith (UK) + Luke Leighfield (UK/Bln)
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John Smith (UK) // is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene.
2012 has been an exciting year for John. As well as finishing writing and recording songs for his forthcoming new album, John has spent much of the year touring with Lisa Hannigan and her band, and doing some supports across Europe, US, UK, Ireland and more recently Japan with Joe Henry. It was on a recent round of UK supports that John and Richard Hawley formed a bond and Hawley extended the invite to John to join him on the Irish dates in December. As a warm up to playing new songs live, John has announced a show in London St Pancras Old Church on 31st Jan 2013. John will be previewing new songs as well as material from his two previous albums, with more shows and album release plans to follow early in the new year. Don't miss this early chance to catch this 30 year-old songster from Devon and his engaging performances. He is a dazzling and inventive guitarist with a jaw-dropping, unconventional percussive guitar style, and possessor of an unforgettable honeyed gravel growl of a voice that belies his age and background.Luke Leighfield (Uk/Bln) // was born in the midlands in England in 1987. He started playing piano when he was four and violin when he was eight. In his teens, Luke played guitar and bass in bad pop-punk bands before beginning his solo career in 2004.
Luke has shared stages with artists like Fun., Frank Turner, William Fitzsimmons and Joshua Radin, and has recorded live sessions for Radio 1 and Xfm in the UK. His music has been used on Sky Sports (Football First), Channel 4 (Made in Chelsea) and BBC 3 (Coming of Age) Since graduating from the University of Southampton with a degree in English and Music in 2009, he has made ends meet by working as pallbearer, undertaker, music teacher, barista and proofreader, while maintaining a secret career as an underground pop star.
In June 2012, Luke moved to Berlin where he is currently working for SoundCloud and writing new songs. He enjoys reading good books, watching Breaking Bad, eating kebabs and riding his bike. He also runs a record label, helps with booking music at Greenbelt Festival, and is passionate about social justice issues. In January 2013 he travelled to South Sudan as an ambassador for Medic Assist International. Proceeds from sales of his music have raised funds for Christian Aid and Tearfund, and he also runs for charity, completing his first marathon this year for Christian Aid. http://johnsmithjohnsmith.com/