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


St Agnes Fountain

Wednesday 16th December 2015

Revelation St Mary's, Ashford, Kent

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Tickets £18 online
£19.50 cash or cheque in advance
£21 on the door   

THE opening bars of the first song in a St Agnes Fountain concert send a tingle down the spine, declaring Christmas is here – the festivities have begun.

The St Agnes Fountain gig is as essential to Christmas as twinkle lights, plum pudding, carol singers and our decorated trees. 

The four superb musicians of St Agnes Fountain take the stage at Revelation St Mary’s, Ashford on Wednesday, December 16.

Performing ‘rhythmed-up’ carols and Christmas music, their programme is decorated with specially chosen readings, sprinkled with lots of laughter and soaked in the great spirit of the season.

Fiddle player Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) said: “This is our 15th year together and we’re looking forward to it as much as ever. It’s a very special time for us and it’s wonderful that so many people see their St Agnes Fountain gig as the official start of Christmas.”

This year’s selection of tunes includes tracks from the band’s newly released ‘Best Of - Volume 2’ album and each member has chosen a reading with an evocative, seasonal connection. 

The band members are founders David Hughes (guitarist, poet, songwriter and broadcaster and Chris Leslie with award-winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo) adding their amazing vocals and playing an assortment of instruments.

The band tours for a limited number of gigs in December following intensive rehearsals at a mountainside haven in the Lake District where they prepare each unforgettable show.

“We lock ourselves away for three days in a gorgeous space at the house of some friends in Cumbria,” said Chris Leslie.

“At the end of that time we perform a house-gig for them through which they raise money for charity.

“We’ve got some super new numbers to play this year. David has set another traditional carol to the music of a chart track and Chris and Julie have written some brilliant new songs.

“The concerts stand the test of time; we never foresaw St Agnes Fountain would go on so long. It’s the only time we really see each other all year and lots of energy goes into it. We love it as much as our audiences do.”

St Agnes Fountain will have two new CDs on offer this December. The band has now released ten treasured albums (some collectors’ items) of old favourite Christmas songs and some wonderful discoveries that are given the magical touch of St Agnes Fountain.

There will be specially made Revelation Ale and Biddenden Cider on sale at the bar.

Their 8th consecutive visit to Folk in the Barn, this year we are hosting the Aggies at the beautiful Revelation St Mary’s Arts Centre in Ashford.  This show in Canterbury usually sells out very early, St Mary’s is a bigger venue than the Cathedral Lodge, so there should be room for all who want to come along.

- Date Added 07/11/2015