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


Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear - An Evening of Iona Music & More

Friday 1st July 2016

St John The Baptist Church, Barham

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start

£13 online
£14 in advance 
£15 on the door    

Award winning multi-instrumentalist Dave Bainbridge joins forces with Lord of The Dance vocalist, instrumentalist Sally Minnear to bring a spellbinding evening of music that will, in equal measure have you jigging in (or out of!) your seat or bring a tear to your eye.

A compelling mix of powerful and ethereal vocal songs (including the occasional emotive Gaelic ballad). instrumental tracks  jigs / reels / slow airs / evolving soundscapes and virtuoso improvisation on keyboards, electric guitar, bouzouki and cowbell!

Dave and Sallyʼs first tour together, in the UK July 2015 was great fun and incredibly well received - here are a few of the reactions:

“I'm not sure I have the words to say how much I enjoyed every moment from 3pm to pack down - Sally (what a voice!) and Dave were a joy to work with and absolutely fantastic throughout. As for the gig one word - Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!” Steve (promoter)

“It's such a pleasure to be involved in putting on such wonderful events in our little theatre. Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear were amazing tonight, thank you for coming down and sharing your talent with us.” Keeley (Theatre manager)

 “Thank you very much for a beautiful evening and your exquisite music rare cherished sounds of heaven on earth.” Poppy

“What a wonderful evening we had last night watching Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear perform in Nottingham. Absolutely beautiful music!” Aaron

“Dave and Sally were simply amazing at The Mega Centre (Rayleigh) last night! I would recommend anyone who gets a chance to catch them playing live.” Steven

Dave Bainbridge
 (Piano, keyboard, electric & acoustic guitars, bouzouki) is best known for his work with the pioneering UK based Celtic folk/rock/ambient band IONA, Daveʼs multi-faceted career has led him into many musical genres and work with numerous artists including; Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Jack Bruce, Buddy Guy, Gloria Gaynor, Mae McKenna, Moya Brennan, Dave Cousins (The Strawbs), ʻSnakeʼ Davis, Paul Jones, Phil Keaggy, Robert Fripp, Nick Beggs, Damian Wilson and many others.

Dave gained several performance awards during his time at Leeds College of Music (including BBC Radio 2 Best Jazz Soloist Award). As well as recording 12 albums with IONA, he has also released albums with Troy Donockley and David Fitzgerald. Daveʼs second solo album ʻCelestial Fireʼ, released in November 2014 has received rave reviews:

“Bainbridge has always been known as a fantastic guitar player, with his trademark soaring and searing leads. However, he is an equally accomplished keyboard player.  On Celestial Fire, he really shows off his ivory chops. The instrumental parts are some of the coolest I've heard in years….It is far and away my favourite release of 2014 and gets my highest recommendation.” David Taylor -

“Dave Bainbridge is a a genius of immeasurable proportions…If you are unfamiliar with him itʼs time to make amends. Trust me.” Nick Beggs (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett etc)

ʻBainbridgeʼs guitar playing is superb; his electric solos conjure Eric Johnson and Allan Holdsworth.….Looking deeper, the music is genuinely touching, possessing a spiritual quality that speaks to the soul and inspires various states of positivity, from peaceful tranquility to breathless exhilaration.ʼ

“Daveʼs fluid, emotional guitar playing, epic keyboard work and expansive compositions combine into one of this generationʼs most powerful and original musical voices.”
John Kellogg (5.1 producer - Chicago, Foreigner, Black Crows, Deep Purple, ELP)

Sally Minnear  (Vocals, vocal loops, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, tin whistle)  Daughter of multi instrumentalist Kerry Minnear of the hugely respected and influential ʼ70ʼs progressive band Gentle Giant, Sally has been steeped in music throughout her life, with her brother and sister also being successful musicians.

Sally had a minor hit with the song “For You” aged just 18, before forming the acoustic duo ʻCreatures of Habitʼ as a vehicle for her own songs. After completing a music degree, during which time she played fiddle and sang in a popular traditional Irish band, Sally secured the featured vocalist role in Michael Flatleyʼs hugely successful dance spectacular ʻLord of the Danceʼ. Sally toured with the production for several years, before leaving to start a family.

Recently she has also contributed vocals for several dance music tracks and for the band Mistyʼs Big Adventure. Sally recorded some wonderful, ethereal vocal parts on Dave Bainbridgeʼs epic second solo release and is also the lead vocalist in his new band Celestial Fire.

“Sally Minnearʼs angelic vocals….I could listen to her all day and never lose interest” - Date Added 26/03/2016