Folk in the Barn
Gig Diary

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


Chris Wood - SOLD OUT

Sunday 11th January 2015

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, Canterbury

Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start
£15 online   
£16 cash or cheque in advance
£17 on the door 


Every January we have our winter season of ‘Even Cosier’ gigs held at the very cosy Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury.  Just because they’re smaller doesn’t mean they’re anything less special. In fact these evenings often hold the most magic as they are so up close and intimate. It’s like having the artist playing in your sitting room at home.

We are thrilled that one of our favourite folk singer songwriters and local chap, the award winning Chris Wood has agreed to come and play at one of our tiny gigs.  Demand will be very high so book early.   

Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia” Chris Wood’s love of even the smallest detail has made him one of the most vivid and arresting chroniclers of our times.

His latest album, None The Wiser, is a great new work from one of England’s finest songwriters and the sound he has created for the album, using an amplified guitar and Hammond organ, is one of the most distinctive around. There are no clichés in None The Wiser. Wood absorbs everything that’s going on around him, takes his observations home and, in solitude, fashions them into the kind of powerful songs heard in this new batch of recordings. His songwriting and musicianship have grown in stature with each new album and None The Wiser is his latest career high.

Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year Award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. (Chris has been nominated, either solo or with The Imagined Village, a total of 12 times for the BBC Folk Awards and won six of them.) At the Awards (and on BBC TV’s broadcast of the event), Chris sang a stunning version of Hollow Point, his chilling ballad about the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and that song illustrates amply Wood's feel for the sheer "one thing after another‚Äźness" of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

“Chris takes a traditional song and has you absolutely gripped…. He makes it really obvious why it is of contemporary relevance. On the flip side, he has managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes, or putting music to Hugh Lupton’s words, that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional songs, but are totally modern.” 
Ian Anderson
The Times ****
Maverick ****
Q Magazine ****
The Telegraph ****
Mojo Magazine ****
Observer Music Monthly *** 
"The finest and most original singer songwriter to have emerged from the British folk scene since Richard Thompson" 
The Guardian

“an intimate story teller, applying such nuance and gravitas to every phrase you are imperceptibly lured into his world…. he seamlessly knits the spirit of the tradition into his very contemporary parables. And it's  magnificent.”

- Date Added 03/12/2014