Lead vocalist and guitarist with ST JOHNS WOOD AFFAIR + bassist for M.I.5.
Keith Smart is the lead vocalist and guitarist with
ST JOHNS WOOD AFFAIR
and has played with Charlie Hart of Slim Chance
(a few times), including at the
2004 Ronnie Lane Tribute at The Royal Albert Hall.
Keith often plays Ronnie Lane songs at gigs where he has been joined by various other world-class musicians
(Glen Matlock, Steve Simpson, Billy Nicholls, Steve Cradock)
A Brief Keith Smart Biography
Born in Surrey (England), Keith formed the 1960's influenced band M.I.5 where was lead vocalist and bass player.
M.I.5 rapidly gained a large following (including a scooter club).
Other bands playing around the same area and playing the same venues were The Jam and Generation X.
M.I.5 recorded a lot of songs in various studios around London. The band spent two days recording at Ringo's home studio Tittenhurst Park. This was the former home of John and Yoko (where they recorded the IMAGINE album).
M.I.5 had one single released. It was played on Radio one by John Peel, Mike Read and various other Disc Jockey's. One music paper picked it as "Record of the week, pioneering a whole new sound", another (Smash hits) didn't like it!
Keith Smart has always composed and performed his own music which has appeared in a variety of formats (singles/album tracks /CD's). As well as fronting M.I.5,
Keith also started to receive requests for session work to supply vocals, guitar or bass guitar.
He has appeared on albums and singles by the UK band Nirvana. This particular group were part of the sixties psychedelic movement (he was not in the group then).
Keith formed Eye to Eye in 1985, supplying lead vocals and guitar. Originally a recording duo (along with bassist Ian), the band recorded many songs and released two singles and one album. The singles were mastered in ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS in London.
Keith Smart is also a guitar historian!
Keith Smart is custodian of Mike Oldfeild's
Fender Telecaster. The only electric guitar used to record the album TUBULAR BELLS.
Mike got the guitar from Marc Bolan!
Marc Bolan, Mike Oldfield, Keith Smart Fender Telecaster
Keith Smart also has Ronnie Lane's famous
Zemaitis resonator guitar, and often plays
Ronnie Lane songs on it at various events.
"I never met Ronnie Lane, as a kid,
I had the Ronnie Lane album,
I would never have dreamed that I would end up
with his guitar from the cover!!" ~ Keith Smart
See more fantastic Ronnie Lane Zeimatis guitar stories at: https://www.ronnielane.com/zemaitis-resonator-guitar.html
See all things Keith Smart at:
Keith had a gas playing at the
Sidmouth Folk Festival last year.
He's delighted to be there again in 2019, playing a set of Ronnie Lane songs, plus a few of his own. Adrian Hillier will be joining him on second guitar.
Keith says: Looking forward to playing a set of Ronnie Lane songs at Sidmouth folk festival 8th August 2018. Adrian Hillier on second guitar and fiddle!
Past & Historical Gigs
2004 Ronnie Lane Tribute at
The Royal Albert Hall.
Keith Smart Performs Anniversary with
Slim Chance , Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert
Syd Barrett Tribute
WHAT COLOUR IS SOUND
The Union Chapel in Islington
Appeared on the New Year's Eve (2017) Antiques Road show
15th June 2019.
"I had a great time playing with ST JOHNS WOOD AFFAIR at Wallington Music Festival. Fabulous audience."
To see a clip of the gig CLICK HERE
"Travelling Man" by Keith Smart. A song for Ronnie Lane.