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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


John Doyle - Concert. Supported by Toby Shaer

Sunday 20th September 2015

The Kingston Barn, nr Canterbury

Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start
£13 online
£14 offline
£15 on the door


 Concert and Celtic Guitar Workshop (see separate page)

Born in Dublin, John Doyle is a Grammy nominee, has performed for President Obama at the White House, and has been lauded with every accolade imaginable in Irish music. 

John Doyle is not only a fine singer but more importantly, an imaginative and original songwriter who really grabs audiences with his ability to tell a story through song. Coupled with his high standing as one of the best acoustic guitarists around, this makes for a memorable evening's music.

In the traditional music world, people are saying John Doyle is the best Irish guitarist to come along in years – maybe the best ever. There’s no doubt he’s one reason the guitar has become an important instrument in Irish music, where it was once almost nonexistent. 

He is world-renowned for his work as founding member of the groundbreaking Irish/American band Solas; in partnerships with musicians such as Tim O’Brien, Andy Irvine, Bruce Molsky, Liz Carroll, Kate Rusby, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle; Heidi Talbot; Kris Drever;  Karen Matheson; his exciting yearly contributions  to the Transatlantic Sessions at Celtic Connections and through his own critically acclaimed solo recordings on Compass Records. 

‘John Doyle is as much a story teller as a musician, and he’s masterful at both. In his second solo album, Shadow and Light, he shares stories and portraits of Irish and Irish/American life. John Doyle’s appealing tenor vocals and finger-picking guitar are clearly the cornerstone of this album. His self-taught left-handed technique produces a driving, dynamic sound with incredibly intricate flourishes. The foundation, though, is the song-writing. Few singer/songwriters are as adept as John Doyle when it comes to developing the inveterate themes of Irish Traditional music. Doyle takes these themes; war, oppression, love and emigration, and sets compelling narratives to engaging arrangements.’

Neil McFasdyen in Music Reviews, Folk Music UK.

‘Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone. No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now. … In addition, his vocal delivery and his songwriting have never been more impressive . What are they putting in the potable water in County Sligo, where John now resides, that has made him so mind-vaultingly good?’

Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal and formerly The Irish Echo

"More talent than anybody deserves to have all to themselves"
Philadelphia News 

Few rhythm guitarists demand the spotlight, but Doyle’s superpowered accompaniment in trad-music settings is a marvel.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

John has played twice for Folk in the Barn as part of the exceptional trio McGoldrick McCusker Doyle and charmed and entranced us all with his brilliance.

Read an interview with John here......

Toby Shaer
Opening the evening will be the extraordinary young celtic folk musician – Toby Shaer.  Toby has started his musical career playing with the best in the world – Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, John Doyle and Heidi Talbot to name a few….. Some of you may have seen Toby open for Dougie MacLean recently at the Gulbenkian Theatre back in July.  We first saw Toby when he got up to play with John Doyle last year at Dartford folk club and blew everyone away with his skill and dexterity.


Toby along with Ciaran Algar - accompanying Dougie MacLean to end our Summer Programme

- Date Added 20/09/2015