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


Chris & Kellie While

Saturday 26th May 2012

The Kingston Barn, Canterbury

Whenever you hear two superb vocalists sing together, it's a great experience, but when they are related it's becomes something else. Here we have Mother (Chris While) and Daughter (Kellie While) two of Britain's finest Singer / Songwriters / Guitarists. Firm favourites with our audience - selling out the Barn back in 2006 and 2011–  we are so happy to have them back again.  Chris & Kellie have spent a lifetime singing together and the show they present is an absolute delight. 

Kellie While grew up surrounded by music and musicians and began singing and playing as a child. Her influences are wide-ranging and include James Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel, and Joni Mitchell,. Perhaps her greatest influence, however, is her mother, the songwriter and folk diva Chris While. Her break into professional music came when she was asked by Ashley Hutchings to front the legendary Albion Band in 1997, an honour never previously awarded to a singer only 20 years of age. For 5 years Kellie toured extensively with the Albions in both the U.K. and Europe alongside Ken Nicol (Steeleye Span) and Pete Zorn (Richard Thompson) gaining invaluable experience in all aspects of her craft.   

Chris While along with her usual musical partner Julie Matthews, is a  breathtaking singer, songwriter, musician and performer whose dedication to her craft and audience holds no bounds.
Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial wastelands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. Well known to folk in the barners - Chris and Julie delight us every Christmas as part of St Agnes Fountain along with David Hughes and Fairport's Chris Leslie.

I've played their album to death, every song is a beautifully arranged, spine tingling joy, their voices blending and complementing each other bringing waves of goose bumps after goose bumps.  Their love for each other and amazing connection and friendship on stage, is wonderful to witness.   It amazes me that this combination aren't world famous for what they create, they should be. Debs

The new album is "Simply Stunning" says Mike Harding - Radio 2

" Chris While - The best singer in England"  Eddi Reader

"She rises like an angel from the ashes with a voice to match" The Guardian

"The voice of her generation" Steve Knightley

'... Kellie While, surely the greatest voice to emerge from the English folk scene since Sandy Denny'  Sydney Morning Herald.

Website here

Tickets £13 in advance £1 extra on the door
doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
- Date Added 17/04/2012