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



Tuesday 28th July 2015

St Gregory's Centre for Music, Canterbury

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
£15 online (plus bkg fee)
£16 offline (in advance from gigs or chq by post)
£17 on the door
£5 Full time students

Chris Wood is our very own home grown Folk super star, though he probably wouldn’t like to be called that. Faversham based, Chris has played many times for us at Folk in the Barn and it’s always a real pleasure to have him back.  He treated us to a very special intimate gig just after New Year, with only 50 people in a tiny venue all enraptured by his performance.  It sold out in just a few days.  We promised to have him back in the summer in a venue where many more could get to see him.  

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 21/07/2015