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


Phil Beer supported by The Scarlet Jacks

Saturday 18th February 2012

The Playhouse, Whitstable

Tickets £13   Box office 10am – 12noon
01227 272042 or book online
Doors 7pm for 7.45pm start

One half of the UK’s foremost acoustic duo Show of Hands, Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don't stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.  Phil fell in love with the Playhouse when he visited Whitstable a few years ago, we're very pleased to present him here with his popular solo show.

Phil will be supported by The Scarlet Jacks -  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.  Greg and Gemma were very well recieved when they supported Phil Henry and Hannah Martin for us in the Barn back in November, here 's another chance to see them again. - Date Added 10/12/2011