The Burren Backroom Series/24 Hour Concerts

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Jon Smith's Voyages and James McCarthy

Friday, May 26th, 2017 - 7pm

Jon Smith's Voyages

Jon Smith's Voyages is one of the most mind-boggling do-it-yourself artists. The theatrical pop act's debut album, Indeed (released December 2016), features layers of soaring vocals and soundscapes of brass and woodwinds against piano, bass, drums and guitar. It features meticulous arrangements and honest, calculated production. It's quite a handful, but all of it was completed by just one man: Reading, PA native Jon Paul Smith, who sang all vocal parts, played over 15 instruments, mixed, and mastered the album. It's an eclectic album full of charismatic and quirky songs that are often compared to Queen, David Bowie, and Broadway show tunes. Clearly this is not your typical artist.

            "I tried for years to form a band," 23-year-old Smith confesses, "But I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I couldn't find the right people to play my songs. So I just played all the parts myself." If there was an instrument he wanted on the record but didn't know how to play it, he learned. All it took was lots of ambition, imagination, and patience. And suddenly Smith became his own one man orchestra, dubbing the project  Jon Smith's Voyages. 

            With the release of Jon Smith's Voyages's 11 track debut album, Jon Paul Smith is now ready to creep out of his basement studio and perform live shows. Because Smith's 'band' is actually him playing every instrument, his live performances must be stripped-down solo shows: just vocals over piano or guitar. But even without the backdrop of trumpets, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and countless other instruments he played on the record, fans are still enamored. His dynamic vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and impressive arrangements are enough to captivate.

James McCarthy 

James McCarthy is a singer, songwriter, and saxophonist from Boston Massachusetts. Inspired by family and friends, James creates thoughtful music of all kinds of genres - rock, blues, jazz, pop, funk, latin, and many others. He writes using the spirit of his musical heroes Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Queen, The Beatles, and countless others. 

  He couldn't do it without the great work and support of family and friends, who have always stuck by him. James hopes to build a library of quality work, and finds great success if the attitude of one individual is positively changed.

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