Ah, music lessons. If you can find a good teacher, you’ve struck gold. If not, a pleasure becomes a chore. For Steve Smyth there was only one man who we wanted to be his teacher: Bono. “I had a dozen lessons, but one day the teacher pissed off and left me with the only thing I wanted from him: the songbook for U2’s Joshua Tree.” Then when he discovered Dylan his true musical spirit was awakened. Skip ahead to 2014 and the release of Exits, an album which has kept him very busy. Worker’s Club, Geelong – April 10 & The Karova, Ballarat – April 12. Those who are making the trip to the Port Fairy Folk Festival would be wise to check him out.