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


Philip Henry & Hannah Martin sptd by The Scarlet Jacks

Friday 11th November

The Kingston Barn, nr Canterbury

Recently described as, “Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo” (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are two musicians with a growing following on the folk and roots scene.

Fast becoming recognised as one of the finest slide guitarists the UK has produced, Phillip Henry is also a virtuoso on the harmonica. Regarded as, “one of the most extraordinary musicians around” (Steve Knightley - Show Of Hands), he brings together folk melodies of the British isles, blues, gospel and Indian music in his moving and original compositions and arrangements.

Hannah Martin is a singer, songwriter, fiddle-and-banjo player from Devon. Commended by Mike Harding (BBC Radio Two) for her “really fantastic singing!”, her songs weave folklore and legend old and new with beautiful melodies, while retaining a strong sense of the living tradition.
Phillip and Hannah have recently been privileged to tour with Show Of Hands; play on Steve Knightley’s album Live In Somerset; work with Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention, King Crimson); appear live from Maida Vale studios for a special edition of BBC Radio Three’s Late Junction; and they are regulars on the festival circuit, having appeared at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Larmer Tree Festival, Oxford Folk Festival, Sunrise Celebration, Green Man, Beautiful Days, Sidmouth Folk Festival, and many others.

We recently saw them perform at Leigh on Sea Folk Festival and was so impressed we booked them for Folk in the Barn the very next day!

Philip and Hannah will be supported by excellent new duo The Scarlet Jacks.

The Scarlet Jacks are English folk-roots duo Greg McDonald and Gemma Gayner.

Formed in March 2011, The Scarlet Jacks brings together singer-songwriter Greg McDonald’s award-winning narrative songs and fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner’s breathtaking musicianship to deliver dynamic acoustic music rooted in English life, history and folklore, and encompassing everything from traditional tunes to radical reinventions of Massive Attack songs.

Following festival appearances throughout the summer, including a celebrated set at Cambridge Folk Festival that saw them compared to Show of Hands, debut The Scarlet Jacks EP is released on November 19th.

As a songwriter Greg McDonald has won awards from Rolling Stone and been called “inspired” by The Times – his debut album Stranger at the Door was Q magazine’s highest rated independent album of the 2009, while 2011’s follow up Tomorrow England was called “one of the most complete albums in years” by fRoots writer Simon Jones.

Gemma Gayner’s virtuosic skill across genres from folk to jazz to classical has taken her from Deptford jazz cellars to major folk festival stages and seen her called a “powerhouse instrumentalist” by fRoots. Between them Greg and Gemma have worked with Show of Hands, and shared stages with everyone from Seth Lakeman to The Pogues.

Tickets £11 in advance £1 extra on the door
- Date Added 04/11/2011