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


Smith & Brewer

Sunday 23rd January 2022

The Kingston Barn, nr Canterbury

Doors 2.30pm for 3pm start

£15 online
£17 on the door
£8 under 25s

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As with all our concerts, admission will require a Covid pass (proof of vax or neg lat flo test).  Please stay away if you are feeling at all unwell or have been with someone that is, and please follow excellent hand hygiene and wear a mask for the well-being and consideration of others. Let's keep live music happening!

These January concerts will replace our old Folk in the Barn 'Even Cosier' series at the Black Robin, until such time as it's safe to squish loads of people in a small room again.
Numbers in the Barn will be limited to the same number that we had in the Black Robin, so that everyone has more personal space in an airier building and that all the cars will fit on the hard-standing car park.  Please stop for a drink or a bite at the Black Robin en-route or afterwards and support Tom and his family if you'd like to. 

There will be no bar at the concerts, but you're welcome to bring your own beer or wine.  Alternatively we'll be offering tea and cake, possibly (non alcoholic) mulled wine - as well as gorgeous music!

Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met at an event organised by Joan Armatrading for acts she had chosen to support her on her 2015 tour.  The original plan was to just write together, but they soon realised how well their playing styles and voices complemented each other and they started playing together after that inaugural gig with Joan Armatrading, in front of a thousand-strong crowd.

Since then, the duo has performed all over the UK, notably as the 2018 UK tour support act to both 10cc and Ralph McTell.  Appearances at the UK Americana Music Association Showcase,  AmericanaFest in Nashville, Cambridge Folk Festival and then    Fairport’s Cropredy Convention in 2018, led to securing the prized Fairport Convention WinTour support in 2020, where they charmed audiences and won many new fans all across the UK.

Smith and Brewer create guitar-driven country-rock that’s dreamy and fiery, spontaneous and well-crafted. From beginning to end, Smith and Brewer exemplify originality and utilise their talents to make country music with a brain. They consistently deliver impressive performances; their harmonies, guitars, and percussion are all point perfect. This British pair is very reminiscent of the merging of two famous duos together, the Louvins and Everlys without sounding too much like either of the brother pairings.  Blended together Ben and Jimmy's voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs. Upholding the highest standard in harmony-drenched cool-vibes country-rock, these dozen self-penned songs cover all the relationship issues from unrequited love to enduring passion and all the heartbreak in between.

Alan Cackett, Maverick Magazine

'On the home-grown front Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer are two of the finest guitarists out there and did two great sets.  The musical interplay between them is jaw-dropping and they were clearly having a blast as were their audience.'

Cambridge Folk Festival Reviews

I’m utterly beguiled by this duo’s charming blend of close harmonies and melodious songs. It’s an obvious, perhaps even rather tainted comparison to make, but they’re a sort of English Simon and Garfunkel – without the relationship issues, hopefully. 

A group of students filing out say, “Well, that was really great”, and mean it. It was, really great.'

I loved getting to know Ben and Jimmy, it was a joy to see them perform every night on the Fairport 2020 Wintour, which ended just before Lockdown! The audiences loved them too and I’m very happy that we’ve got them coming to do a whole show for us at Folk in the Barn

- Date Added 09/12/2021