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Albion Christmas Band - SOLD OUT

Sunday 9th December 2018

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

St Agnes Fountain - SOLD OUT!

Monday 17th December 2018

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Cara Dillon - Upon a Winter's Night - SOLD OUT

Friday 21st December 2018

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

The Hut People

Sunday 13th January 2019

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston nr Canterbury

Reg Meuross

Sunday 20th January 2019

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston nr Canterbury


Sam Kelly & Friends

Friday 24th March 2017

Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start 
Full price £14
Students  £10
PHONE 01227 769075

Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon.

Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his Gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.

Sam has been touring with some of the best young musicians on the scene.  His trio with (Jamie Francis on banjo and Evan Carson on percussion), and with his group The Lost Boys (Ciaran Algar, Toby Shaer,Graham Coe and Archie Moss)  Both ensembles have been taking festivals and venues by storm for the past four years, and have gained a reputation among peers and audiences alike for a very high class, dynamic live show.   His hard work and skills paid off as last year  Sam was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for best emerging artist at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Sam and pals are also known for the wide variation in the music they perform. English, Irish, Scottish and American traditional songs rub shoulders with well-written and powerful originals by Sam and Jamie, in between the occasional surprise classic rock or pop cover (often cheekily introduced as a traditional song - watching the puzzlement followed by slow realisation on the faces of the audience really does give the guys a lot of pleasure).

Originally booked as the Sam Kelly Trio, a slight adjustment means Sam will be coming to Canterbury with Jamie Francis from his Trio and Ciaran Algar and Toby Shaer from the Lost Boys - giving us the very best of both worlds.  

"Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I've seen him perform live a few times and he's amazing" Cara Dillon

"One of the most interesting voices on the folk scene...He has a fine and powerful voice but with subtle delicacy too...I think this guy is absolutely brilliant" Mike Harding

"Really fabulous stuff" Mark Radcliffe

"A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously...Check him out!" Sean Lakeman

"The Lost Boys is an outstanding debut album." Bright Young Folk

"This is the album that the folk world has been awaiting... The Lost Boys is going to be huge"

- Date Added 25/02/2017