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


Rodney Branigan, with support from Lorraine Lucas

Sunday 15th 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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Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London.

Artists are often described as having “a unique talent”; few epitomise this more than multi instrumentalist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodney’s talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side.

He masterfully combines extraordinary multi instrumentalist skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice;(often compared to Jeff Buckley)

“The revelation of the year or even the decade”  Crossroads Magazine, France

A passion for musical diversity has seen Rodney travel the world with his own, inimitable style of musicianship. Having toured his native America coast-to-coast, Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China as well as France, Germany and Switzerland; earning him love from new fans and respect from established musicians alike.

“Rodney Branigan is one of the most amazing artists you will ever see. Not simply because he is unique, but rather because he is impossibly talented” Music Connection Magazine

Rodney has guest lectured at a number of music conservatories and universities throughout China, India, The Baltic States, UK, USA...regularly hosts workshops around the globe teaching guitar technical courses to accomplished players. In 2011 he hosted the Progressive Fingerstyle Course at the International Guitar Foundation's Festival and headlined Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, in Ireland.

Rodney first played for Folk in the Barn in May 2011 when he supported Show of Hands on their Standing Room Only Tour, and that led to him returning in 2013 to do a solo concert in the Black Robin, where it’s fair to say he won everyone over with his Texan charm and dazzling guitar skills. It really was a very special concert. We have often been asked when will we be booking him again, well we're thrilled to say - here he is. 

Opening for Rodney will be popular local singer-songwriter Lorraine Lucas

If forced into a genre, the wider spectrum of Americana - country, folk, blues - would be where Lorraine is most likely to sit.

Sometimes driving, sometimes sentimental her experiences of a life on the road as a teenage hobo with a penchant for intoxication and all the madness that goes with it is shamelessly revealed in her songs in a similar vein as her most admired female writers - Lucinda Williams, Allison Moorer, Mary Gaulthier and Gillian Welch, although she would say her main influences are Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Malcolm Holcolmbe and Ryan Adams! 

An engaging and authentic live performer who communicates with her audiences with ease, her gigs are scattered with humorous anecdotes from the darker and lighter side of life.  

An avid songwriter, songs seem to fall off the end of her pen with ease these days having had the tutelage from the likes of Boo Hewerdine and fellow countryman Findlay Napier.  

Lorraine's next album Bulletproof Truth is currently in the mixing stages of production and will be ready for release in the Spring along with a UK tour.  She may be known to some as the leader of locally well known collaborative band  'The Troubled Family Unit'.

- Date Added 09/12/2016