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


Turin Brakes spt by Blair Dunlop

Saturday 8th October 2011

St Mary's Arts Centre, Sandwich

Turin Brakes are urban folk pop duo - guitarist/vocalist Ollie Knights and multi-instrumentalist Gale Paridjanian.

Ollie and Gale grew up as friends in Balham, South London. Both members of their local church choir,  in 1989 they sang in front of the Queen at the memorial service for the Marchioness riverboat tragedy. Ten years later they were making music together as Turin Brakes.  The duo's semi-acoustic sensibility  drew comparisons to quietcore bands such as Coldplay or Travis.   Paridjanian's dexterous guitar work and Knights" soulful vocals added a unique spin to their intricately textured, folk-inflected songs. The first album ‘Optimist’ was nominated for a Mercury Award and proved to be a slow-burning commercial winner, selling in excess of 200,000 copies over a period of two years.

Buoyed by its success Paridjanian and Knights broke into the UK Top 5 in February 2003 with the sublime "Pain Killer (Summer Rain)". The single was taken from their second album, Ether Song, which saw the duo embracing a more pop-orientated sound to notable commercial effect.
5 critically acclaimed albums, 8 top 40 singles and numerous tours (including supporting David Gray)  and festival appearances later, they have written for Take That, resulting in the track "Here" on 2008's The Circus,  had music featured in numerous film and tv programmes,  including  Hollyoaks, The OC, Smallville and the recent Zach Braff (Scrubs) movie 'The Last Kiss' AND not forgetting the Special K advert!"

Here at Folk in the Barn we are huge fans and very excited to have them come and play for us again. Their music is melodic, emotional and evocative and their performance mesmerising. Ten years on from ‘Optimist’ this tour sees them revisit the songs that first brought them critical acclaim. You may have seen them on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, or on Friday Night with Jonathon Ross - but here’s a rare chance to see them in a beautiful local venue – up close and personal.  Be quick – tickets will sell like the hottest muffins in town!

Turin Brakes will be supported by Blair Dunlop

Blair, although only 19 years old, has already fitted a lot into his young life.
As the son of folk legend Ashley Hutchings and singer Judy Dunlop he has been encouraged to take to the stage since a young age. He has now blossomed into a greatly admired singer, guitarist and actor. Some of the highlights of his performing career include playing Little Willy Wonka in the blockbuster movie of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Johnny Depp starred as the grown-up Willy), touring for the whole of last Autumn in a new production of the play “Lark Rise” and appearing at festivals such as Big Session, Towersey and Cropredy Fringe.

“A star in the making. Watch this space.  I just love his voice. Can’t wait to watch the future unfold for him”  
Chris While

Tickets £18/£16 concessions in advance     £1 extra on the door
Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
- Date Added 04/07/2011