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08 Dec


"it seems we think in tiny drops…"

December 8, 2009 | By |

My favourite lyric above from the title track from the album from which this event takes its name, ‘Wave If You’re Really There’ has become a kind of rallying call for creatives in Liverpool under the steering of Mercy Corps and their friends the Wave Machines. Their 4 events last year took place in St Brides church and gathered some of the best folk musicians, pop groups, performances artists, installation artists and poets to create a carefully orchestrated themed evening of delights for the audience, dutifully arranged in rows of pews (well, to begin with at least).

Last weekend was the first time the experiment had been exported, and saw a large group of collaborators and familiar faces transported down to London to install the the first of two capitol-based events (themed ‘marriage’) in St Leonards Church in Shoreditch. I went down to document the show, which its fair to say, turned out fantastic. Everyone worked really hard to set it up over 2 days, lending helping hands wherever needed; creativity abounded through the artistic direction of Scott Spencer and the Mercy crew and their collaborators, and all way lit in fantastic reactive colours by lighting guru known only as Guy. The performers (Karen McLeod, John Smith, Nathan Jones, Luke Kennard, Homework, Post War Years, and of course Wave Machines) all gave their best. It really felt very special indeed. Especially when John Smith did his folk cover of ‘Not Over Yet’.

More people than can be mentioned here contributed to the event, so I’ll simply leave these photos by John O’Shea to sum up the beauty of the evening. I’ll post the videos as they go through my patented topntail process.

02 Oct


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John Smith – 'Not Over Yet' – (4 of 4)

October 2, 2009 | By | One Comment

John Smith – ‘Not Over Yet’ (4 of 4) from Sam Meech on Vimeo.

The final track from our ‘Map or Direction’ session – an powerful acoustic cover of dance tune ‘Not Over Yet’.

25 Sep


John Smith – 'Watch Her Die' (3 of 4)

September 25, 2009 | By |

John Smith – ‘Watch Her Die’ (3 of 4) from Sam Meech on Vimeo.

“Feels as though cold is getting right into my bones”

And infectious and intense song by John. Can’t wait to see it with the whole band.

18 Sep


John Smith – 'Seven Gypsies'

September 18, 2009 | By |

The second of the four performances I filmed at John’s house recently. This is an interpretation of a traditional folk ballad, said to date back to 1720. Check out the history of the song here –

Catch him on tour if you can! –

10 Sep


John Smith – 'Hands'

September 10, 2009 | By |

John Smith – ‘Hands’ – (Map or Direction – 1 of 4) from Sam Meech on Vimeo.

Last Sunday I went round to John’s house to document a few tracks for his new album ‘Map or Direction’. He made me some cracking beans on toast and a cup of tea and then we did some single shot takes of his new songs. It was a really great afternoon, and once I got home and captured the takes, I was pleased to see they had worked better than I’d initially expected.

Those kind boys and girls at Mercy have included a link to the video in their Flatline fanzine with some lovely comments. Keep a look out for more John Smith shenanigans with the Mercy folk. This is the first of four videos that John will be releasing over the coming weeks. Enjoy.

07 Apr


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John Smith – 'The Magician'

April 7, 2007 | By | No Comments

Music video for folk singer songwriter and acousticsmith extraordinaire John Smith.

 John Smith’s website 

07 Jul


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John Smith – 'Winter'

July 7, 2006 | By | No Comments

John Smith performing at Liverpool Summer Pops in July 2006. filmed by myself and Tim Brunsden.
John Smith’s website