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


Gerry Colvin

Saturday 21st March 2015

The Lounge, Canterbury Christ Church University

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
£13 online (plus booking fee)
£14 cash or cheque in advance from FitB
£15 on the door 
£5 students

Folk in the Barn attendees from 2003 to 2009 will remember our regular visits from folk pop rock band ColvinQuarmby with their endearing, brilliantly eccentric front man Gerry Colvin,  his hilarious and absurd observations, and witty and catchy singalong songs.  Some of the most fun nights we’ve ever had.

ColvinQuarmby as a band is sadly no more, but there is no stopping Gerry Colvin. Recently here with his 80’s re-formed cowpunk skiffle duo Terry and Gerry - Gerry is back touring with a new band of musicians, including CQ’s lovely fiddler, cellist and vocalist Marion Fleetwood.  

There are no words to accurately describe a Gerry Colvin gig, apart from different to anything else you’ve ever seen. Gerry is known for his ability to engage the audience right from the very start and leave them uplifted, questioning, but always grinning inside and out.  A real tonic for the soul.  

Gerry Colvin was born in Barrow-in-Furness. In the 1970’s Gerry joined pop band ‘The Man Upstairs’. They released three singles and toured with ‘The Smiths’.

In the early 1980's he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ’Terry & Gerry'. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including "The Tube" and "The Old Grey Whistle Test".   Terry and Gerry recently re-formed for a tenth anniversary John Peel memorial concert.  They enjoyed it so much they decided to tour, a resounding success with sellout concerts in their home town and and an invitation to tour opening for Status Quo at huge venues next April.

In the early 1990’s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band ‘Gerry Colvin’s Inexperience’, a fusion of Soul, R and B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit.

In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band 'The Atlantics’: they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC’s ‘Pebble Mill at One’. 

Colvin’s other major project at this time was film music as vocalist with ‘The National Screen Orchestra’; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook. 

In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band ColvinQuarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for ‘Best Live Folk Act’.

In May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record ‘Revolution’ for the ‘Beatles complete on ukulele’ album and website. 

In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk’ and is now working on his next CD ‘Six of One half a Dozen of the Other’.

"Gerry Colvin is a writer of great substance who is able to give us something that has been largely missing in English Music for a long time. His subjects and characters are clearly defined and his songs create strong images and stories which can make us both laugh and cry in the same breath. 
This band is unique and unforgettable. The songs are brilliant. They should be a household name.”  

Phil Beer, Show of Hands

“Wildly entertaining and off the wall in the best possible way.  English eccentricity is alive and well”  
Folk on the Moor

The Full Band in Festival mode..

Gerry with Nick in a more intimate setting... 

and THAT song..... probably one of his finest 

LATEST NEWS...Opening for Gerry will be wonderful local duo CJ & Max! Those of you who came to our Open Mikers show last September may remember that the highlight of the evening - that made everyone leave their seat and crowd round the stage was the short but unforgettable performance from CJ & Max. CJ is already known to many of you as a wonderful singer songwriter in her own right and organiser of the best Open Mic events in the area. Max is actually ex Jim Hension puppeteer and creative engineer Steve Allen. Steve (and Max) have been recently featured on Dominic King Show and on the BBC local news programme. Long standing friends CJ and Steve together as CJ and Max spark off each other and create something very special.   Take a look here....

- Date Added 16/03/2015