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


Home Service

Sunday 13th September 2015

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Doors 7pm for 7,30pm start
£18 full price
£12 students

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**Breaking news... this will be John Tams last ever gig with the Home Service**

Message from John.....
"A combination of circumstance not least and most recently an 8-part television drama series has drawn me reluctantly to leave Home Service effective from September 13th 2015. This decision, whilst difficult, aims to avoid compromising the future for Home Service at a time when my restricted diary would make forward planning impossible. There are no issues beyond this and I leave my friends and colleagues, some of almost 40 years standing, in the certain knowledge that they are “The best damn band in the land.” I send them my fondest thoughts and support for their continuing success. I’ll miss you lads!

Home Service originally evolved from Ashley Hutchings' Albion Band. Their reformation four years ago to promote an album of original recordings made at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1986, has been so ecstatically received by audiences across the country that they continue to tour and receive ovations from audiences old and new.

Headed by the outstanding John Tams, who amongst many other things has been Musical Director at the National Theatre and in the West End, Television Actor alongside Sean Bean in Sharpe, and Musical Director of War Horse, on stage and alongside Steven Spielberg on the movie version.  Backed by a illustrious line-up complete with blistering brass section, in 2012 the Band won a prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Live Act. 
In 2014 on the day they were due to play for Folk in the Barn, lead guitarist Graham Taylor suffered a potentially life threatening health problem. At his insistence the band continued without him and we were treated to an exceptionally special and moving evening.  They promised to return when Graham was fully recovered and give us the full force Home Service - here is that opportunity.

" just wanted to say what an incredible night it was at the Cathedral Lodge. Home Service are a very special band anyway. I had the opportunity of seeing them at Cropredy about three years ago, and so I knew in advance the treat that I was in for. But the circumstances of the evening 
just heightened it, added to which the poignancy and emotion of the evening made it so special, a gig to remember, ranking with anything else I have ever seen.

I really hope that you will be able to re-book Home Service again soon, hopefully with a fully recovered Graeme Taylor. I will certainly be there." Graham Salt

“The brass section play like the Devil’s own pit band; Graeme Taylor’s guitar can strip paint, Steve King conjures a whole orchestra from his keyboards, and John Tams’s vocal smoulders and roars" ***** BBC Radio 2roars" ***** BBC Radio 2

“blistering... truculent folk-rock” ***** The Financial Times

"The very mightiest of sounds that could grace any stage, with nothing remotely comparable in the folk-rock arena in terms of maximum visceral and emotional impact...a totally essential purchase: no argument." Net Rhythms

- Date Added 09/08/2015