Folk in the Barn
Gig Diary

Miranda Sykes

Saturday 5th February 2022

Waterstones, Canterbury

Fairport Convention Winter Tour 2022

Tuesday 15th February 2022

Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Gerry Colvin Band

Tuesday 15th March 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Steve Knightley

Friday 25th March 2022

St Mary's Arts Centre, Sandwich

Belshazzar's Feast

Tuesday 19th April 2022

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge


Daphne's Flight

Tuesday 17th May 2022

St Marys Arts Centre, Sandwich

Re-scheduled from 2020

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start

Online £18
Offline (Cash or cheque in advance) £19
Pay on the Door £20
Under 25 yrs  £9

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Daphne’s Flight

Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson & Chris While

Sisters are doing it for themselves – as they have for 25 years. 

Daphne’s Flight are surely one performance on Later with Jools away from being catapulted into the mainstream. Perhaps it might have already happened if they were more stylised, had a gimmick or complied to music industry expectations. 

But what’s most empowering about this ensemble is that they are unashamedly themselves and refuse to compromise. On anything. They run every single aspect of their career.

But, lo, they’re not shouty and don’t take themselves too seriously. With an outlook and spirit aligned to hit podcasts The Guilty Feminist and Fortunately, Daphne’s Flight are five strong women, five outstanding singing talents and multi-instrumentalists, and five close friends whose sum equals more than the individual parts – a status most ‘supergroups' fail to reach. 

There is a wonderful joy of five women-of-a-certain-age singing their lives together, which appeals to all age groups. One Millennial festival-goer quipped 'I hope I’m as cool as you when I’m your age’ and unwittingly captured the very essence of Daphne’s Flight and their unique brand of cool. 

These five friends first sang together on stage exactly 25 years ago at Cambridge Folk Festival, before recording an album and touring the following year in 1996. The project marked a turning point in the role of women within the English folk movement. Now, 25 years older and 25 years wiser, the unfettered joy of the music and what it does for both artist and audience in the moment is still their driving force. 

Considering their collective pedigree, it is hard to believe that few in the mainstream know them, yet. 

Daphne’s Flight release their brand-new album ‘On Arrival’ in May 2020


'Solid gold standard dream-team music making. A key album of this year already, and nomistake' froots

 'Individually they are classy performers, together they are utterly sublime' FRUK

Some of the written response on Daphne’s Flight website after their sensational appearance at Cropredy Festival August 2019


Daphne’s Flight, the highlight of the whole weekend. You took me to church with your heavenly vocalsSteve


You were BRILLIANT! We saw you at Cropredy. A breath of fresh air and totally inspirational! You brought laughter and tears. I/we look forward to seeing and hearing you again - very soon!



My wife Petra and I heard you at Cropredy yesterday. You ladies rose the spirits of the earth and moved the rolling sky! Pure heartfelt beauty, a delight to listen to you.  We didn’t know about you before, grasped all 3 of your records and will purchase the new one when it‘s released. Please let us know! Bless you! - Michael


You were the best band at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2019 Kathy


Thought you were the best act we have seen over this weekend at Cropredy. Stunning vocals and a great mix of styles. Would love to see you again if you are touring. – Tricia


First time I've seen you live (usually You Tube) great gig, great songs, awesome harmonies, what voices, you blew us away!! thanks. I'll be checking on future gigs. - Tony

- Date Added 21/12/2021