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



Sunday 24th January 2016

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury

Doors 6pm
Concert starts 6.30pm

£10 online
£11 offline
£12 on the door

The Watergrain Band is a new touring three piece inspired by the album of the same name, comprising local musicians Ben Paley and Pip Ives together with Faversham songwriter Martin Young.  

Reflecting the eclectic mixture that the world throws at us all with relationships, work and politics, thoughtfully they bring to life Watergrain’s take on matters modern and old.
“We are not about protest songs”, says Martin, “others are doing that, there are some political songs and some traditional but we don’t do songs to be populist or to make a cheap point.  In the modern world of the internet we are more open to the views of others than ever, these songs are intended to reflect the perceptions of the world and the attitudes of the day. They are about chronicling a moment in time.”

The Watergrain Band are……. 

Martin Young
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Cittern
Martin Young is an English folk singer based in Faversham, Kent, UK with roots firmly in the English tradition. Some will remember him as Martin Long. He changed his name in 1998 when he became a member of Equity. As a solo artist Martin has played all over Britain at venues large and small including clubs and festivals. He has toured Europe and New Zealand.

Ben Paley
Born in London, Ben Paley was surrounded by traditional music from the outset: his father (Tom Paley, one of the great figures of the American folk revival), mother (singer Claudia Gould) and step-father (Ron Gould, writer on jazz, country and folk music) were all enormous influences.
Ben wrote “Swedish Fiddle Music: An Anthology”, which has become the standard work on the subject in English: "The best tune book and recording of Scandinavian fiddling" says Carl Rahkonen. He also found time to play and record with such people as Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman on the Fox feature film Ravenous, poet Murray Lachlan Young, The Levellers and The Saw Doctors . 

Pip Ives
Pip Ives was born in Hastings in 1987, into a family of musicians and Morris Dancers. At eight years old he took up the Anglo concertina and at ten, the melodeon. Since then his musical career has taken him in many different directions and led him to study Folk music as the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2006. When he’s not away playing at a festival, ceilidh, or working for Hobgoblin Music in Canterbury, he can be found playing in one of the many sessions across Kent and Sussex and enjoying a sneaky pint or two.

Part of our popular winter ‘Even Cosier’ sessions, this concert starts at the earlier time of 6.30pm with doors at 6pm. This will enable people to get home more easily, especially if winter weather conditions prevail.  Why not book a table for an early supper before the concert, or have your main course before the start and pudding in the interval.

- Date Added 24/01/2016