Folk in the Barn
Gig Diary


Saturday 18th July 2020

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear - An Evening of Iona Music & More

Saturday 22nd August 2020, moved from 15th

St Gregory's Centre for Music, CCCU

Fairport Convention Acoustic Tour 2020

Sunday 20th September 2020

The Pavilion, Broadstairs

Thea Gilmore

Wednesday 30th September 2020

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Eddi Reader

Thursday 8th October 2020

Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear - An Evening of Iona Music & More

Saturday 22nd August 2020, moved from 15th

St Gregory's Centre for Music, CCCU

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start


£15 online 

£16 offline

£17 on the door

£7 under 25s

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Originally advertised as Saturday 15th August, but now taking place on Saturday 22nd as we're slightly busy on the 15th (Cropredy doh!)

Award winning multi-instrumentalist Dave Bainbridge joins forces with Lord of The Dance vocalist, instrumentalist Sally Minnear to bring a spellbinding evening of music that will, in equal measure have you jigging in (or out of!) your seat or bring a tear to your eye. A compelling mix of powerful and ethereal vocal songs including the occasional emotive Gaelic ballad,  instrumental tracks, jigs, reels, slow airs, evolving soundscapes and virtuoso improvisation on keyboards, electric guitar, bouzouki and cowbell!

Dave and Sally first toured together as a duo in July 2015. Such were the incredibly positive reactions to the tour that they have continued work together whenever their busy schedules allow, bringing their magic to audiences far and wide. Their first release together ‘Live in the Studio’ DVD – 2018, has received amazing reviews and audience reactions.

Dave Bainbridge

Piano, keyboard, electric & acoustic guitars, bouzouki

Best known for his work with pioneering Celtic folk/rock/ambient band IONA and more recently Celestial Fire, Strawbs and Lifesigns.

“Dave Bainbridge is a genius of immeasurable proportions…If you are unfamiliar with him it’s time to make amends. Trust

me.” Nick Beggs  - (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett)

Sally Minnear

Vocals, vocal loops, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, tin whistle, violin

Daughter of multi-instrumentalist Kerry Minnear of the hugely respected and influential ’70’s progressive band Gentle Giant, Sally has been steeped in music throughout her life, with her brother and sister also being successful musicians. Sally had a minor hit with the song “For You” aged just 18, before forming the acoustic duo ‘Creatures of Habit’ as a vehicle for her own songs. After completing a music degree, during which time she played fiddle and sang in a popular traditional Irish band, Sally secured the featured vocalist role in Michael Flatley’s hugely successful dance spectacular ‘Lord of the Dance’. Sally toured with the production for several years, before leaving to start a family.

Reviews and Audience Reactions.

"Dave Bainbridge, Thank YOU! was a stupendous evening. Absolutely brilliant and beautiful performance. Sally's singing is incredible, we loved every minute! Everybody go and see this duo, they are something very special indeed, we can't wait to have them back.” Debs Earl, Folk in the Barn

"Great show last night with Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear." Simon Nicol, Fairport Convention

“I'm not sure I have the words to say how much I enjoyed every moment from 3pm to pack down - Sally (what a voice!) and Dave were a joy to work with and absolutely fantastic throughout. As for the gig one word - Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!” Steve (promoter)

“Thank you Dave and Sally for a brilliant gig in Rayleigh last night. Your guitar playing is a wonder to behold and the guitar tone sounds amazing. Sally sung beautifully and did the songs proud.” Joel

- Date Added 13/03/2020