Folk in the Barn
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Show of Hands - The Best One Yet

Thursday 28th October 2021

St Mary's Arts Centre, Sandwich

Declan O'Rourke

Friday 12th November

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican

Saturday 20th November 2021

Colyer-Fergusson Room, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Usher's Island

Sunday 28th November 2021

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Martyn Joseph

Saturday 4th December 2021

Waterstones, Canterbury


Bridie Jackson & the Arbour

Saturday 18th October 2014

The Playhouse, Whitstable

Doors 7pm for 7.45pm start
Tickets Full price £13
Students £10

Book tickets HERE

“Bridie Jackson & The Arbour are refreshingly unpretentious and movingly soulful”
Daily Telegraph
 “The remarkable voice of Bridie Jackson is beautiful yet haunting”
The Guardian

“Nobody I have heard makes music anything like Bridie Jackson & The Arbour”

BBC 6 Music

Newcastle based four-piece Bridie Jackson & The Arbour are an eclectic group of folk-influenced musicians.  Hauntingly ethereal, yet fused with dark and powerful undertones; this eccentric ensemble inject contradictions galore, with their union of bright melody and sombre lyricism.

Sitting somewhere between the lushness of Norah Jones and quirkiness of Joanna Newsom, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour create songs that intertwine melancholy with joyful rich harmonies, often skipping down a path of dream-like rapture, before discovering the journey is beset with sorrow.

After releasing their debut album in 2012 with a sold out show at The Sage Gateshead, the steady rise of this successful quartet began with them securing an Arts Council England grant, a live session on Radio 4’s Loose Ends and radio play on BBC 2, 3 and 6 Music. As winners of 2013’s ‘Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition’, the girls beat over 8,000 contenders for the title, and went on to play multiple stages at the legendary festival.

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour have won universal acclaim from both music critics and fans alike, with BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson naming the band as a favourite of 2013 and both the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers lauding them with praise.

Celebrated for both their unusual instrumentation, and intriguing harmonies – Bridie Jackson & The Arbour are frequently proclaimed to be completely unique, blending influences as diverse as gospel, baroque and flamenco, with an infusion of percussion, fiddle, cello and a lead vocal of spine-tingling beauty.

Their Glastonbury success was swiftly followed by awards from Help Musicians UK and City Music Foundation, further radio play across BBC 1, 2, 3 and 6 Music, and sessions for Dermot O’ Leary, and Radio 3’s In Tune programme, ensuring 2013 finished as 2014 means to go on. With a new album completed, a UK tour already confirmed for April, festival appearances and European dates planned - the band are looking forward to sharing their new material with their growing army of fans.

Folk in the Barn are thrilled to welcome this extraordinary band to the Whitstable Playhouse – demand will be high, get your tickets early.
- Date Added 20/06/2014