Folk in the Barn
Gig Diary

Martyn Joseph

Saturday 4th December 2021

Waterstones, Canterbury

St Agnes Fountain

Thursday 16th December 2021

Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

The Albion Christmas Band

Saturday 18th December 2021

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Fairport Convention Winter Tour 2022

Tuesday 15th February 2022

Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Daphne's Flight NOW RESCHEDULED TO 2022

Tuesday 17th May 2022

St Marys Arts Centre, Sandwich

GIG DIARY

Declan O'Rourke

Friday 12th November

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge


Doors 6.45pm for 7.30pm start

Tickets

Online £18

Offline* £19

Door £20

Under 25s £9



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We at Folk in the Barn are honoured and delighted to present a very special artist – Declan O’Rourke.

Award-wining Irish singer songwriter Declan O’Rourke will be making his first visit to perform in Canterbury at Folk in the Barn, with his new Paul Weller-produced Arrivals, the most emotionally raw and affecting album of his career, out now via East West Records.


Recorded over six days at Black Barn studios in Surrey, with Weller producing (‘he was there every moment, before, during and long after, discussing ideas about this and that, even down to the artwork. It was hugely impressive…’), Arrivals sees Declan O’Rourke present his art in a different yet wholly distinctive manner. The sound is stripped back to Declan’s soulful and resonant voice, the virtuosic acoustic guitar playing for which he’s renowned and only the occasional sparse arrangement of strings and late-night drums bringing colour and light to the LP’s 10 songs. Weller, a fan of Declan’s songwriting for some years, also adds his multi-instrumental abilities to the recordings, including a beautiful piano accompaniment to the closing track.

From his 2004 debut album, Since Kyabram, Ireland’s Declan O’Rourke has been praised by song writing giants such as John Prine (“a great songwriter”) and Paul Weller (“he writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore”).

His work, meanwhile, has been covered by world-class artists such as Christy Moore, Camille O’Sullivan, Eddi Reader, and Josh Groban.

O’Rourke has released seven acclaimed albums, an expressive body of work (“proffering reassurance in the face of inevitable sorrow” - New York Times’ music writer, Jon Pareles) that catches the light in many ways. His latest and seventh album, Arrivals, is assuredly his most distinctive yet.

Released in April 2021, produced by Paul Weller, Arrivals features emotionally potent songs that summon the atmosphere of some of the great folk records that influenced the developing artist and musician as a younger, aspiring writer, Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon, and Nic Jones Penguin Eggs, to name but two.

Emerging at a time when the world is in a phase of serious flux, Arrivals is more present than past, however, and is also his most humanitarian. “We all feel very strongly about various aspects of what is happening in the world right now. I feel like I’ve intermittently struggled to engage with what’s contemporary in my writing. But these times are so engaging, and compelling, that I’ve been pulled into the present.”

“It is a gem. Fabulous guitar and singing. Just love this Arrivals album’ — Pete Townsend

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have this record in my life for the past few months. Empathy and melody in abundance. Incredible storytelling. Declan’s ability to emotionally blindside you with a flash of beautifully observed detail is incredible. He’s the Irish John Prine.” — Pete Paphides - Writer, journalist & broadcaster

“O’Rourke is a masterful lyricist and staggering guitarist” — Mojo

“If he’s been a best-kept secret up to now, Arrivals should finally blow his cover” — Uncut

“Maturing quietly into one of the most significant Irish singers and writers of his generation.” — Mark Radcliffe – BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

“In a world clad with shortening attention-spans and a seemingly never-ending onslaught of over-stimulation, Declan O’Rourke and his intimate, contemplative music brilliantly stands out.” — American Songwriter

Here's a new interview with Declan 

www.declanorourke.com

Opening for Declan will be Gavin Alexander

Gavin Alexander's song writing draws from the rich pickings of life's journey.  Likened to Simon & Garfunkel and other troubadours singing from the heart, the street corner, with a voice that is emotionally fragile yet strong.

With his nationally touring trio Arcelia he has supported Chris Difford, Scot Mathews and Maddi Prior to name a few and has three albums to date.

Recently he has been working alongside community songwriters to develop songs drawn from the experiences of people with dementia, and has a series of solo dates through the winter months.

gavinalexandermusic.co.uk






Gavin Alexander (left) singing with his trio Arcelia

- Date Added 12/11/2021