Folk in the Barn
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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


Luke Jackson, Greg Russell, Ciaran Algar

Saturday 9th April 2016

The Lounge, St George's Place, CCCU, Canterbury

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm

Tickets £12 online (plus booking fee)
£13 offline
£14 on the door
£5 Students

Bringing together 3 of the hottest young folk, roots and acoustic artists for the first time, for a night of inspiring songs and dazzling musicianship.


Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. In July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene.  In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. 

After recording their second album in the November of 2013, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”.

The duo capped off a wonderful 4 years by picking up a nomination for Best Duo at the 2015 Radio 2 Folk Awards and will release their third album in early 2016. 

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners 2013
BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award winners 2014
BBC Radio 2 Best Duo nominees 2015


Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent , and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awardand in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Arist iof the Year”

With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph and he has delivered startling performances on the UK festival scene, from Cambridge to Sidmouth and The Great British Folk Festival. In the last year Luke as been touring with Marillion, playing large venues across Europe, along with playing solo show in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

According to Acoustic Magazine, he is “an outstanding heir to the likes of Richard Thompson and Martin Simpson”.  With a wealth of finely-observed narrative songs, his most recent mini-album, “This Family Tree” emphasises the exceptional maturity and versatility of one of the most exciting young singer songwriters and live performers on the scene! 

“A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence…..I watch everything this young chap does with a considerable amount of interest and an equal measure of amazement.” – Mike Harding

“Luke has a voice you could get lost in. He has a musical maturity and a songwriting ability that belies his years. His roots may be firmly within folk music but his exuberant stage performance suggests emerging rock star! “ – London Life

“Luke has already acquired both an unmistakable voice and a strikingly individual vision, so has a tremendous head start on the competition” – fRoots

“Reminds me of Jeff Buckley, which can only be a good thing” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“Two words, bloody brilliant” – Maverick 5 star review
- Date Added 26/03/2016