Basement Tapes with New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

Electrifying and authentic, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys are an extremely versatile group of young musicians who play traditional jazz, blues, vaudeville, original music, and many other New Orleans-derived styles. On their journey from playing local festivals and second lines to performing in world-class venues all around the globe, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys have sold out the Blue Note NYC and gone viral with their rendition of the Game of Throne theme. Their sound is enormously accessible. These passionate jazz musicians transform the room into a hot 1910s New Orleans speakeasy. With the Louis Armstrong-sounding, soulful and sweet James Williams leading the drove, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys bring a remarkably diverse appearance and truly authentic sound to every stage.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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The Shed with Kadialy Kouyaté
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Kadialy Kouyaté

Kadialy Kouyaté is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Friday Hat Trick with Finger Counting Trio
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Finger Counting Trio

Finger Counting Trio comprises trumpet player Freddie Gavita, guitarist Nick Costly-White and bassist Tim Thornton. The trio took inspiration from the album Finger Painting, in which Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield and Christian McBride performed the music of Herbie Hancock. Following this thread they chose some other classic albums such as Count Basie's Atomic Basie to re-imagine in this more unusual trio line-up. The evening will consist of a selection of the musicians favourite compositions.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Saturday Night Special with Will Arnold Forster Trio
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Will Arnold Forster Trio

Born in London, Will began playing at the age of five and after ten years of classical training he caught the jazz bug at the age of 17. He’s quickly become one of our favourite guitarists and hosts for our monthly Peanut Butter Jam. Today we welcome him as he will be playing with his own trio for this Saturday Night Special.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Wind Up with Dirty Ragtimers
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Dirty Ragtimers

The Dirty Ragtimers play classic American music from the early 20th Century. Bringing quality singing, finger-picking blues, hot/swing jazz, ragtime, country and gospel together to satisfy audiences like a great rediscovered recipe. The band work their own arrangements, original songs, crying violin and sweet harmonies with an original sound drenched in history and quality craftsmanship. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with The London Django Collective
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with The London Django Collective

The best music is made collectively. The London Django Collective was born out of the desire to create a local and innovate forum for musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt. The Collective remains in the spirit of Django, whilst pushing the genre of ‘gypsy jazz’ in London forward into a modern sphere. Fresh out of the studio the collective will be coming out with a number of regular digital releases and videos throughout 2019, showcasing each member in turn.

Harry Diplock (guitar), Robin Katz (guitar), Jeremie Coullon (guitar), Matt Holborn (violin), Giacomo Smith (clarinet) and Pete Thomas (bass)

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with The Sounding Circle
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with The Sounding Circle

Billy Adamson and Glyn Daniels were brought together over a shared love of vintage Americana.  Sounding Circle was inspired when camping out in the Californian desert whilst on tour in America. Where bands like Vulfpeck have updated Motown rhythm section playing into a blank canvas for wide-ranging collaborations, Sounding Circle swap in 70's Californian pop and psychedelia for their revolving cast of choice guests.  Sounding Circle want to make Smitty's the hub for London's most tasteful musicians and singers to feature with their ultrasolid rhythm section. They'll invite in songwriters and players to expand foundries within their timeless and genre-less style. Loose psychedelic gutter blues. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Rachael Cohen
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Rachael Cohen

Rachael Cohen is no stranger to Smitty’s and is a mainstay at London’s most famous club Ronnie Scott’s. She was first the female artist signed the internationally acclaimed Whirlwind Recordings and is noted for her composing, her work with singer Judi Jackson, and New York drummer Jason Brown. This brand new band, composed by Ferg Ireland (electric bass), Rupert Cox (piano) and Jordan Hadfield (drums), had their debut at Ronnie Scott’s featuring the internationally renowned vocalist Heidi Vogel - famous for her work with the Cinematic orchestra. Expect: compositions rooted in heavy grooves and synthtastic vibes. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Thursday is the New Friday with Yûr Yesli/Steve Brown/Dario Di Lecce
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday is the New Friday with Yûr Yesli/Steve Brown/Dario Di Lecce

With the summer season approaching, days are getting longer and weekends are seeming shorter. It's been said around town, but now we're making it official with our new night, ‘Thursday is the New Friday’. Stretch your weekend out with the same laid back atmosphere and top shelf music we usually feature on Friday and Saturday nights. Book a table and enjoy a Smitty's weekend a little earlier in the week.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Friday Hat Trick with Matyas Gayer
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Matyas Gayer

Hungarian pianist Matyas Gayer has gone a long way since his first performances at Palace of Arts, in Budapest. Playing with many acclaimed British musicians, he’s slowly becoming one of our weekend regulars. This Friday he’ll be bringing his own trio to Smitty’s for a night of straight ahead tunes and standards.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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52nd Street with Pete Horsfall
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

52nd Street with Pete Horsfall

Find the late night subterranean haven of Smitty's off of the busy thoroughfare of Broadway just as the original hipsters did in 30s and 40s New York. 52nd Street was the place where musicians got together after their "legit" gigs and put everything on the line to birth the most exciting sounds to ever be called jazz. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Wind Up with Horniblow Trio
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Horniblow Trio

Andrew Oliver and David Horniblow met during the set break of a gig.  A recording of Jelly Roll Morton's trio was playing on the house sound system and they decided to get together the following week and learn the song.  Since then they've been delving into a book of interesting and little-played material from the 20's, performing both transcriptions of performances by Morton, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, Johnny Dodds, and others, as well as re-interpreting a variety of tunes from the era.  They play together in the Dime Notes and the Vitality Five, both bands specializing in different facets of early jazz and swing.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Take Out with Dave Drake
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Dave Drake

Since Barry Harris invited Dave to join him on stage to play a duet with him after hearing him play, Dave has joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as their youngest player, been selected by jazz great trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to play piano at two Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra UK concerts in 2012, and gained a scholarship to study jazz at prestigious Manhattan university The New School. He's gone a long way, but he's always up for his regular slot at Smitty's.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with SUNAAT
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with SUNAAT

Dani Diodato is a jazz guitarist living in London, originally from Naples, and co-leader of up and coming rock fusion band PYJAEN.

His new project SUNAAT combines influences from his early days in Naples with sounds of the new london jazz scene. Bringing together dance and rock melodies with heavy guitar riffs, trumpet solos and electronic drum beats, SUNAAT is also musical exploration of the experience of migration in Europe today.

Dani has played with names including Arlo Parks, appeared on BBC Introducing, and played venues including Ronnie Scott's and Jazz Cafe. Fresh from Glastonbury and Love Supreme festival, dani will release his first EP with SUNAAT in winter.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with Alexandra Ridout Quintet
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Alexandra Ridout Quintet

The quintet members all met at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Department around 4 years ago and have been delighting audiences across the country at Jazz Festivals and Clubs ever since. Their passion for music and outstanding musicianship produce an incredibly mature band sound that belies their tender years. They are equally at home playing hard swinging jazz, contemporary jazz, poignant ballads and solid funk tunes.

The band is Alexandra Ridout (trumpet), Noah Stoneman (piano), Miles Mindlin (guitar), Freddie Jensen (bass) and Luca Caruso (drums).

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Peanut Butter Jam with Will Glaser
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Peanut Butter Jam with Will Glaser

The stickiest jam of them all is back in town, this time in collaboration with English drummer Will Glaser. Since Graduating from Guildhall in 2014, Will has become a highly in demand sideman to a vast array of the British Jazz scene; performing with broadly ranging musicians such as Soweto Kinch, Dame Cleo Laine, Stan Sulzmann, Kit Downes.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Thursday is the New Friday with Giacomo Smith
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday is the New Friday with Giacomo Smith

With the summer season approaching, days are getting longer and weekends are seeming shorter. It's been said around town, but now we're making it official with our new night, ‘Thursday is the New Friday’. Stretch your weekend out with the same laid back atmosphere and top shelf music we usually feature on Friday and Saturday nights. Book a table and enjoy a Smitty's weekend a little earlier in the week.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Friday Hat Trick with Dave Archer Trio
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Dave Archer Trio

House Band guitarist Dave Archer is stepping out on his own as a band leader. He's handpicked this all rhythm three piece especially for our Friday Hat Trick. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and Jim Hall, Dave will join forces with some of the best musicians in town to spice up your Friday.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Take Out with Arun Luthra's Konnakol Jazz Project
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Arun Luthra's Konnakol Jazz Project

Arun Luthra is one of the premier saxophonists and composers on New York's jazz scene, and one of the small group of American jazz musicians of Indian heritage who have continued to explore to possibilities of fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music – especially konnakol, as well as drawing from a wide variety of modern & classic influences to create a vibrant new sound & style.  

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Basement Tapes with Quinn Oulton
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Quinn Oulton

Fresh through the doors of 2018 Red Bull Music Academy - Singer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist, Quinn Oulton brings his unique home-brewed songwriting concoctions to life, alongside his explosive powerhouse of a live band. Engrossed in the world of jazz from the age of 8, Quinn blends his harmonically rich saxophones, and colourful textures of guitars and percussion with an honest and deceivingly innocent approach to the art of songwriting.


Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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The Shed with Olly Chalk/John O’Gallagher
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Olly Chalk/John O’Gallagher

The Olly Chalk Trio walks the high-wire between total freedom and detailed writing, juggling intricate, daring and emotive compositions with explosive improvising. Olly’s writing draws from 20th Century Classical and traditional Japanese music and often make connections to poetry and spoken word. After winning the Peter Whittingham Development Award in January 2018, the trio were joined in the studio by fiery New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher. The music from this new album: ‘Scathed Citizens’ explores a vivid picture-book of themes: science fiction, mysticism, hope, anxiety, dystopia and growing up in the peaceful Suffolk countryside.

Olly Chalk - piano/compositions

John O’Gallagher - alto saxophone

Sam Ingvorsen - double bass

Gwilym Jones - drums

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with Duncan Eagles
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Duncan Eagles

Duncan began his musical journey on the piano studying classical music before picking up the saxophone aged 16. This group went on to release four albums to much critical acclaim and opened up the opportunity to perform at venues and festivals all over the world including tours to China, Europe, Canada and the USA. Now with his fifth studio album and debut as a leader, this latest statement is his most exciting yet.


Duncan Eagles - Saxophone

Dave Preston - Guitar

Matt Robinson - Piano

Max Luthert - Bass

Dave Hamblett - Drums

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with Alistair Martin
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Alistair Martin

Trumpet player Alistair Martin is bringing his quintet for a night inspired by Miles Davis, David Bowie and Kanye West. The band will be performing some original music from Alistair's debut album ‘Oblivion’, which will be released later in the year. The line-up includes some of London’s most exciting players in Will Barry (piano), Dave Storey (drums), Quinn Oulton (tenor sax) and Daisy George(bass).

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with Ofer Landsberg
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Ofer Landsberg

Shortly after his arrival in New York, aged only seventeen, jazz guitarist Ofer Landsberg was performing regularly with legendary jazz greats such as pianist Frank Hewitt and drummer Jimmy Lovelace. Distinguishing himself as a striking talent, he frequented gigs at the celebrated clubs Smalls and Fat Cat, where during this time he met his mentor, the renowned bebop pianist and teacher Barry Harris. Join him 


Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Old School with Smitty's Big Four
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Old School with Smitty's Big Four

No musical high can top the jubilant ensemble out-chorus from a great New Orleans jazz band. So join us for members of the Kansas Smitty's House Band and invited guests perform unearthed gems and new compositions in the vein of Jelly Roll Morton, Eddie Condon and John Kirby with a bespoke list of cocktails to sip on as the musicians urge each other on to ever greater feats. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Jul
11
9:30 PM21:30

The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Following the great success of the Winter Tour 2018, The Gonzalo Bergara’s Quartet is excited to announce their come back to Europe presenting a new ake on the project “Django Meets Piazzolla”. Tonight Gonzalo Bergara Quartet will perform an incredible intimate concert planned for Kansas Smitty’s, bringing along multi-talented UK based musicians such as Andrea Todesco (guitar), Maki Bergara (cajon) and Pete Thomas (double bass). 

Doors 9.30, music from 10pm

www.natpressplay.com

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The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Jul
11
8:30 PM20:30

The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Following the great success of the Winter Tour 2018, The Gonzalo Bergara’s Quartet is excited to announce their come back to Europe presenting a new ake on the project “Django Meets Piazzolla”. Tonight Gonzalo Bergara Quartet will perform an incredible intimate concert planned for Kansas Smitty’s, bringing along multi-talented UK based musicians such as Andrea Todesco (guitar), Maki Bergara (cajon) and Pete Thomas (double bass). 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

www.natpressplay.com

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Basement Tapes with Francesco Ciniglio
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Francesco Ciniglio

Since moving to New York at the age of 21, Francesco's career skyrocketed: he studied with John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Mike Holober, Dan Carillo and Scott Reeves and became drummer of the Artist Diploma ensemble at the Juilliard School of music, on a full scholarship. After many collaborations with musicians such as Aaron Parks, Joe Sanders and Shai Maestro, we're happy to welcome Neapolitan drummer Francesco Ciniglio back for an appearance at Kansas Smitty's. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Saturday Night Special with Mark Lewandowski
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Mark Lewandowski

Mark has always been part of the Kansas Smitty’s family. Since moving to the States and taking part of the celebrated Artist Diploma programme at the prestigious Juilliard School, he came a long way. He’s performed with a diverse range of musicians such as John Surman, Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Greco, Sheila Jordan. We’re happy to welcome him back home for this one-off Saturday night.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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The Shed with Bird / Herbert / Sanders
Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Bird / Herbert / Sanders

A brand new trio featuring drummer George Bird (Saltwater Samurai / Zara McFarlane), bass player Tom Herbert (Polar Bear / The Invisible) and guitarist Greg Sanders (Teotima / Kadialy Kouyate), exploring folk music traditions from around the world and songs by artists such as Nick Drake, Manuel da Falla and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Emanuele Filippi
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Emanuele Filippi

Italian award-winning pianist and composer Emanuele Filippi is making his first appearance at Smitty's with his debut record “Polyphonies” featuring original compositions inspired by the sounds of European classical music. He'll be joined by two London-based musicians that have slowly become regulars here at the bar: Peter Wilson (guitar) and Luca Caruso (drums). 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm



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Take Out with Richard Fairhurst Trio
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Richard Fairhurst Trio

Steinway Artist and BBC Jazz Award winner Richard Fairhurst has been an important figure on the UK jazz scene since the mid 1990’s. His ongoing significance is evident in the recent album recorded with the late, great John Taylor. This performance features Richard’s trio accompained by the bass work of Dave Whitford and drummer Tim Giles. Their music combines both cerebral and lyrical improvisation full of emotion with high-energy grooves.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Wind Up with Amaro Frietas
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Amaro Frietas

In the sweltering North-Eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco lies the coastal city of
Recife, where Amaro Freitas is pioneering the new sound of Brazilian jazz. For the
prodigious young pianist, the spirit of his hometown runs deep. From the Afro-Brazilian
maracatu born on the sugar plantations of slavery, to the high intensity carnival
rhythms of frevo and baião, Amaro’s heavily percussive approach to jazz is as
indebted to these Pernambuco traditions as it is to Coltrane, Parker and Monk.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Thursday is the New Friday with Dave Storey
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday is the New Friday with Dave Storey

With the summer season approaching, days are getting longer and weekends are seeming shorter. It's been said around town, but now we're making it official with our new night, ‘Thursday is the New Friday’. Stretch your weekend out with the same laid back atmosphere and top shelf music we usually feature on Friday and Saturday nights. Book a table and enjoy a Smitty's weekend a little earlier in the week.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Basement Tapes with Jack Gillen Trio
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Jack Gillen Trio

Jack Gillen is a London based guitarist and composer who fuses Jazz, Rock, Folk, Blues, and Classical influences into his distinctive style. His debut EP ‘The Long Way Down’ (released in the latter half of 2018) features melodically focused compositions, dark harmonic twists and turns and lots of dynamic improvisation. This high energy guitar trio features the grooving and explosive combination of Darren Beckett on drums and Phil Donnelly on bass.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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52nd Street with Pete Horsfall
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

52nd Street with Pete Horsfall

Find the late night subterranean haven of Smitty's off of the busy thoroughfare of Broadway just as the original hipsters did in 30s and 40s New York. 52nd Street was the place where musicians got together after their "legit" gigs and put everything on the line to birth the most exciting sounds to ever be called jazz. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30

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The Shed with Dan Berkson
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Dan Berkson

The Dan Berkson Trio perform modern jazz with a strong sense of both history and innovation. Drawing on the traditions of the great piano trios of Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, and Bill Evans, they also bring their own sound communicated through Berkson’s compositions. Come see him in action with Jon Scott on drums and Andrea Di Biase on bass.  

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm 

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Basement Tapes with Alex Merritt/Gareth Fowler
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Alex Merritt/Gareth Fowler

Alex is a London-based tenor saxophonist and composer involved with jazz, improvised music and contemporary classical music. Tonight his usual quintet with stateside guitarist Gareth Fowler and trumpeter Percy Pursglove will be revolutionised by a special guest, German pianist Pablo Held. Completing the line-up will be Josh Blackmore on drums and Oli Hayhurst on bass.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Delilah Montagu & Archie Faulks
Jun
18
to Jun 19

Delilah Montagu & Archie Faulks

Delilah Montagu is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter originally from Hampshire, now residing in London. She cites some of her influences as The Smiths, James Blake, Joni Mitchell and Bon Iver. Following her London residency - and a hugely successful spree of shows at The Great Escape in Brighton earlier this month - Delilah will be playing at Smitty’s for the last date of her UK tour.

Doors 7.30pm, music from 8.30pm


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The Shed with Matthew Read Trio
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Matthew Read Trio

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. Featuring Benedict Wood (guitar), Arthur Newell (drums) and Matthew Read (double bass).

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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