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


Mike Silver

Sunday 8th January 2017

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury

Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start   

£12 online
£13 offline
£14 on the door 

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Mike Silver
The craft of song writing is not honed overnight. Mike has over 40 years of experience as a writer, singer, guitarist and live performer and has been enjoying a quiet success story throughout the UK and in various territories around the world; his songs give expression to authentic human emotions without becoming sentimental. 

Signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records in 1973, Silver toured the USA supporting Dory Previn, and Ashford and Simpson. His work as a studio musician and backing vocalist with Charles Aznavour, Chris de Burgh, Ralph McTell, Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) and many more is well documented.

 His ability to write and perform songs, which transcend many guitar and musical styles, was recognised by Justin Hayward who recorded Mike’s song, “Maybe It’s Just Love” on his solo album Night Flight. Even after many years travelling, singing and playing Mike is still fascinated by music, to him it is a never ending voyage of discovery; “Being able to play music is like having my birthday every day. The size of the audience is irrelevant, 1000 people, 100 or 10 it’s still the same, it’s an exchange of emotions: occasionally, there is that frisson that ripples through them in the very few seconds between the end of the song and the beginning of their applause: it’s like an earthquake in your heart”. 

After seeing and hearing Mike perform for the first time one fan, among so many who have written in said, “I will never forget that evening at Hitchin. I didn't expect to find heaven in The Sun Hotel”. 

Variously reminiscent of James Taylor, Phil Collins and even Sting, Silver matches the talent of his better known peers; his beautifully restrained delivery is especially noteworthy. 

Mike’s second and long overdue to Folk in the Barn, he will be singing his own songs and songs from his new album, Silver Collection.


Living Tradition June/July 2016
…something enchanting about this collection of covers…

…I love the arrangement of the Townes van Zandt classic, Snowing on Raton…

..if alchemy exists, you can find gold here without question.

fRoots June 2016
…revered as one of this country’s most accomplished singer-songwriter-guitarists…

It takes special talent to offer such supremely sensitive, caring and very personal renditions…

.…outstanding interpretive skills…

…wonderfully mellifluous guitar.. trademark ‘less is more’ intricacy…

- Date Added 10/11/2016