MHA Talent Presents

Shawn Smith has been heralded as one of the best Rock Vocalists of all time. (Mojo Magazine). This intimate tour will be his first solo tour in the UK since 2008. Described by Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers) as ‘Seattle’s Best Kept Secret’, Shawn has established himself as one of the most respected musicians from the pivotal music scene; the home of grunge and bands such as Pearl Jam and Mother Love Bone. His music has been heard around the world. with numerous tracks featuring prominently on hit TV shows such as Sopranos and ER. He is also highly sought after for collaborations – with the Lo Fidelity Allstars remix of ‘Battleflag’ becoming a hit record across continents.

Shawn Smith has cited Freddie Mercury, Prince and KISS as early influences. It is easy to hear the impact of all of these varied performers his various projects. This tour will see Shawn performing songs from his vast catalogue of solo recordings, as well as those from his various bands such as Brad and Satchel.

Shawn will be performing the following shows:

Thursday, 23 April 2015 Railway Inn Winchester

Friday, 24 April 2015 Bristol Folk House Bristol

Sunday, 26 April 2015 Hare and Hounds Birmingham

Monday, 27 April 2015 Sound Control Manchester

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Classic Grand Glasgow

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh

Thursday, 30 April 2015 Whelans Dublin

Saturday, 2 May 2015 Newcastle Univesity Student Union Newcastle

Sunday, 3 May 2015 Glee Club Nottingham

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 Bush Hall London

Support from:
Laurence Made Me Cry
Laurence Made Me Cry is Glasgow based folk-pop songstress Jo Whitby. There’s an odd familiarity about Whitby’s music. Her songs bring with them a sense of timelessness and warmth like meeting up with an old friend. Her debut album ‘The Diary Of Me’ gained support from the likes of BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music as well as picking up a Welsh Music Prize nomination in 2013.

“Folk entangled with electronic touches and organic sounds paint a myriad of pictures and I can’t wait to hear more” Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales

“Catchy tunes, sweetly delivered, stay with you as Jo Whitby combines folks and electronic to create a warm, sung sound” Ian, For Folk’s Sake

“Although tear-stained and tender this is redemptive music to make your heart sing. As intense experiences go this is one worth immersing yourself in. Simply gorgeous.” Dave Owens, Western Mail