Folk in the Barn
Gig Diary

Fairport Convention Spring Tour 2022

Tuesday 31st May 2022

Malthouse Theatre, Canterbury

Teddy Thompson, with Zak Hobbs

Thursday 16th June 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Sunday 26th June 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

The Sandy Denny Project

Saturday 2nd July 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Summer Garden Party with Megson

Saturday 16th July 2022

Edge of Beyond, Barham



Saturday 7th April 2018

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Doors 2pm - midnight
Full £48
12-25 £24 

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To Celebrate the 15th Birthday of Folk in the Barn

Show of Hands, Gerry Colvin Band, Luke Jackson and many more…..

April 2018 sees the 15th anniversary of the very first Folk in the Barn concert Debs Earl put on in the Kingston Barn with Show of Hands.  Never did she think that 15 years later Folk in the Barn would have grown into the wonderful community of friends and music lovers that it has become, putting on concerts not just in the Barn but at many beautiful and intimate local music venues.

Fibfest – our 250th event, will be an afternoon and evening of great music at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, with a line-up including many of Folk in the Barn’s favourite musicians.  Headlining will be Show of Hands (duo), the rest of the line-up will include old Folk in the Barn friends such as The Gerry Colvin Band and Luke Jackson and many more favourites.

Show of Hands - Where We’re Bound

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer: two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Dovetailing old songs with new, this is an unmissable celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, the original duo format makes a rare return to more intimate settings.

Ross Anslie & Ali Hutton Trio

Ross and Ali met at the Vale of Atholl pipe band when they were 12 years old. Gordon Duncan instilled a great passion in the guys for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to play in many leading Scottish bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Capercaillie.

Duncan Chisholm: "There is one word that comes to mind when listening to the incredible new album from Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, the word is connection. 
Music is all about connection, it is the passing and sharing of emotions that drives us all to create. This album shows the best of what Ross and Ali are. They are two friends connected in their love of life, who have travelled the world together, growing as people together while learning their craft to an outstanding level.  The tunes are great, the playing is fantastic and the connection between them is undeniable......a glorious album” 


Sally Barker, Anna Ryder & Marion Fleetwood perform as IOTA.  All three write, sing and sway in perfect harmony and each is a seasoned performer of the UK Folk/Rock scene.

Sally Barker (vocal, guitar & percussion) sang to millions as Tom Jones' finalist on The Voice UK but the singer-songwriter has entertained for years as a member of revered fem-folk group The Poozies, of the re-formed Fotheringay and as a solo artist supporting Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and Richard Thompson. Sally Barker brings any song gloriously to life.

Anna Ryder (vocal, keys, accordion, guitar, dumbek, banjo & french horn) is a musical dynamo; an original and inventive singer-songwriter with a musical style that, although based in folk, spans an array of genres. Amongst others Anna has worked with Fairport Convention, Eddi Reader, Julianne Regan (All About Eve).

With a voice which has been described as 'mesmerising' and 'siren-esque', the blazingly dynamic Marion Fleetwood (vocal, fiddle, cello, guitar & percussion) is a highly respected multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Best known as a member of TRADarrr and as a former member of ColvinQuarmby and The Jigantics.

IOTA evoke the spirit and musical energy of the Roches whilst channelling the Supremes, Destiny's Child and Charlie's Angels!!

“I’m so excited that three of my favourite singer/songwriters and performers have formed this great new trio. They are fab!! And I love all of em”  Dave Pegg , Fairport Convention

Gerry Colvin Band

Folk in the Barn attendees from 2003 to 2009 will remember our regular visits from folk pop rock band ColvinQuarmby with their endearing, brilliantly eccentric front man Gerry Colvin,  his hilarious and absurd observations, and witty and catchy singalong songs.  Some of the most fun nights we’ve ever had.  Sadly ColvinQuarmby is no more, but Gerry is now accompanied by three other talented musicians; Jerome Davies on Double Bass; Lyndon Webb on Mandolin and Guitar; Trish Feelan on accordion. 

"Gerry Colvin is a writer of great substance who is able to give us something that has been largely missing in English Music for a long time. His subjects and characters are clearly defined and his songs create strong images and stories which can make us both laugh and cry in the same breath.  This band is unique and unforgettable. The songs are brilliant. They should be a household name.”  
Phil Beer, Show of Hands

“Wildly entertaining and off the wall in the best possible way.  English eccentricity is alive and well”  
Folk on the Moor

Luke Jackson

Luke is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category.   He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014” and 2016.

Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Show of  Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook and Sarah Jarosz .

He has a stage presence that many artists would kill for and a voice and guitar style that make you think that he’s a sixty year veteran who happens to have discovered the fountain of eternal youth – Fatea Magazine

If you think previous comparisons to Richard Thompson jump the gun, think again; because there’s something that sets this performance a discreet cut above the rest  Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review

Ric Sanders Trio

Since 1985 Ric Sanders has been the fiddle player in Fairport Convention. In the late 70s he played in both Soft Machine and The Albion Band, and it was in the latter that he met Michael Gregory, now drummer with The Home Service. Ric’s association with guitarist and vocalist Vo Fletcher goes back even further – they played together when still teenagers. Vo has played with artists as diverse as Rik Mayall and Nigel Kennedy (just to keep Ric on his toes!).

It was inevitable that these three pals would play together, and over the last decade they’ve been involved in many projects, from recording Miles Davis classics live in Lincoln Cathedral to improvising an album with the inspirational Anjali Dance Company. Over the last couple of years though, they’ve taken a different direction, reconnecting with the music closest to their hearts. It’s music firmly rooted in the Americana Blues.

Toby Shaer

Toby Shaer is an up and coming folk musician from Leigh on Sea, Essex. He is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who has worked and shared stages with some of the finest musicians in the folk/country music scenes.  He has worked with several bands over the years, the most recent being renown Scottish fiddler John McCusker on his 25th Anniversary Tour and BBC Horizon award winner 2016 Sam Kelly with this band The Lost Boys.

Despite his age, Toby has already performed around the world at some of the most prestigious venues, including The Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre and The Royal Albert Hall. He has also performed with numerous musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds from celebrated Scottish Hero Dougie Maclean to outstanding Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.

CJ & Max

CJ  (Catherine CJ Jones) is well known in the Canterbury area as a wonderful singer songwriter in her own right and organiser of the best Open Mic events in the area. Max is a muppet, the creation of  ex Jim Henson puppeteer and creative engineer Steve Allen.  Long standing friends CJ and Steve together as CJ and Max banter and spark off each other and create something very special. They’re also both great singers and create a great sound together. They will be performing and running an open mic session during the Supper Break at FibFEST.

Jon Benns – With a wealth of experience we are delighted to have our good friend Jon as our our MC for the event.

With afternoon tea and cake, a Bar, Cider Tasting, Merch area, Buffet Supper, Raffle and CD table, this will be an event to remember.  Time-table to follow very soon.

- Date Added 04/04/2018