Folk in the Barn
Gig Diary

Moya Brennan

Sunday 25th March 2018

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge


Saturday 7th April 2018

Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Sunday 22nd April 2018

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Thursday 10th May 2018

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Albert Lee

Friday 25th May 2018

Gulbenkian, Canterbury


John McCusker 25th Anniversary Tour

Sunday 24th April 2016

The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start

Full price £16
Students  £8

Book Online Here
Box Office:   01227 769075    

“One of the UK’s most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is equally in demand as a multiinstrumentalist, producer and composer”. The Guardian

Born in Bellshill, near Glasgow, John began playing whistle & fiddle as a child, and joined the legendary folk outfit Battlefield Band aged 17. During his 11 years with the band, John also released his first two solo recordings.

John went on to win Radio 2 Musician of the Year in 2003 and also The Sprit of Scotland Award for music in 1999 and again in 2009.

While emerging via the folk scene, John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries. As a live and studio guest he has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, Paolo Nutini and Jools Holland, and featured on recordings by Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Teenage Fanclub & Idlewild.  He has worked extensively in film and television performing as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Proms in the Park, playing his own compositions live on BBC TV

Other recent activities include a traditional touring project with Celtic music stars Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle, and a song writing trio with Kris Drever & Roddy Woomble. In 2007 John was jointly commissioned by the Celtic Connections festival and Cambridge Folk Festival to compose Under One Sky, uniting Scottish and
English musicians of different genres.
John has been a member of Mark Knopfler's band since 2008, playing arenas around the world including a double bill with Bob Dylan at The Hollywood Bowl & 20 nights at The Royal Albert Hall.

2016 will see John Celebrate 25 years as a professional musician, publishing a book of his compositions, releasing a new solo record & embarking on an extensive UK & European tour.  We at Folk in the Barn were very honoured to be asked to host one of these special anniversary concerts.

The John McCusker band features some of the finest traditional musicians and singers in the UK : Andy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White and new young Folk in the Barn favourite, the brilliant Toby Shaer who recently opened for Dougie MacLean and John Doyle.

- Date Added 24/12/2015