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



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Gulbenkian & Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Canterbury


Doors 1pm - midnight

Full £42
12-25 £24
Under 12 Free

Earlybird Prices (Before the 1st December)
Full £35
12-25 £20

Box Office:   01227 769075  
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In 2018 Folk in the Barn celebrated our 15th Anniversary with a one day festival at the Gulbenkian. It was such an enjoyable event that supporters urged us to repeat it and soon.   FiBFEST 2020 brings you a whole afternoon and evening of the best contemporary and traditional roots music on the national scene.  In two beautiful spaces, the Gulbenkian Th
eatre and the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, with performances running consecutively so none need be missed, and plenty of down time in between to chat with friends, eat, browse the merchandise or participate in the supper stage – open mic run by CJ and Max. The evening will end with a singalong session, with everyone welcome to participate or stay and enjoy the atmosphere.

The varied line-up is a mixture of artists known and new to Folk in the Barn audiences, but have all been hand selected for their amazing talent and fantastic music.

Edwina Hayes

Opening the festival will be our friend, the hard working and extremely entertaining singer songwriter Edwina Hayes.  Edwina supported Fairport Convention on their Winter Tour in 2014, appearing at Cropredy that same year and at Folk in the Barn ‘Even Cosier’ at the Black Robin in 2015. Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall.

Alan Prosser & Al Clarke

A duo with a strong Canterbury connection. Alan Prosser of course is the guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of one of the greatest British Folk-Rock bands - The Oysterband. Al Clarke is a great harp player from the Stour Delta. Known to FitB audiences from a few appearances over the years with Alister Atkin’s band The Ghost Line Carnival and maybe from his work with Caravan and Soft Machine. Their brand new album ‘Living in Clover’ is something special.


Debs saw Tannara at Showcase Scotland in 2017 and made a note.  Just 2 years on, the band’s concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall sold out.  Bold, creative, and original; Tannara have established themselves as one of the UK’s most interesting and unique contemporary folk groups. Their music is an electrifying meeting place for a world of sounds: Punchy and clean, riotous and gritty, tender and honest. On fiddle, harp, guitar, accordion and vocals, Tannara make an intensely considered musical world which is uniquely theirs. 

Damian Wilson

Damian Wilson is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate album releases.  Damian is mostly known in the rock genre, for bands and projects such as Headspace, Threshold, Star One, Ayreon, Praying Mantis and Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 5 albums, a DVD and a retrospective compilation album. He also released 3 acoustic albums with Adam Wakeman as Wilson & Wakeman. It was that duo’s outstanding set at Cropredy last Summer which led to this ‘must have’ booking.  Damian also spent 2 years playing Jean Valjean.  Boy he can sing!


Banter are: Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion and brass.  “An infectious, genre hopping trio mixing Morris tunes, soulful vocals and raucous chorus songs into a concert to ceilidh headliner” – Steve Knightley.  Although just three people, they create a huge sound and have been described as the world’s smallest big band.  Banter brings songs that are barking social comment with pop beats, irony and ridiculously danceable tunes!  In huge demand, a busy 2019 saw them play most of the UK’s best known festivals, and now FiBFEST!

The Marriage

ahab fans still mourning the loss will be delighted at this delectable Americana duo. After Cal Adamson left ahab, the band eventually came to an end.  Some of them continue to play together with great success as Orphan Colours, but a long standing friendship and musical connection between Dave Burn and Cal’s sister Kirsten took off and together they have created something magical. Simple songs, entwined voices and acoustic guitars, beautifully executed, truly a marriage made in heaven.

Merry Hell

Multi-award winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting folk-rock, with a message for troubled times.  Native to the North-West of England, the 8-piece musical charabanc was built from the embers of the much loved folk-punk band The Tansads, developing a life and feel all of its own.  Their energy and passion is complimented by their love of what they do and desire to share hope and togetherness with as many people as are willing to listen.  Through 5 well-received albums and hundreds of gigs, they’ve offered voices of hope and beacons of light to anyone valuing both melody and positive humanity.  Top of everybody’s wish list for any festival line-up, and on our FitB wish list for far too long, we’re thrilled to have this popular band closing FiBFEST 2020.

Edwina Hayes

Alan Prosser & Al Clarke


Damian Wilson


The Marriage

Merry Hell

And Supper Open Stage with CJ & Max

- Date Added 17/03/2020