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


While & Matthews

Saturday 13th October 2012

Kingston Barn

Tickets £14  in advance - £15 on the door  
Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Chris While & Julie Matthews are breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. They have been hailed the best and most hard working acoustic duo on the folk roots scene.

Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. Their songs are covered by many revered singers the world over but it is While & Matthews' musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible.

They have been nominatated eight times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk music awards in the 'Best Song, Best Duo, Best Live Act' categories.

While and Matthews are also the founding members of Blue Tapestry, celebrating the music of Carole King and Joni Mitchell with Maartin Allcock, Pete Zorn and Neil Marshall: an extraordinarily talented band of musicians. They also team up with Chris Leslie and David Hughes each December to become St Agnes Fountain, giving Christmas Carols a breath of fresh air and a new groove.

Chris and Julie already have nine duo albums and a songbook to their credit as well as six solo albums between them. A Blue Tapestry album and five St Agnes Fountain CDs. They also appear as the leading songwriters and singers on several Albion Band albums during their time in the band (1990 to 1997) and on the much acclaimed Daphne's Flight, a project which also included Christine Collister, Helen Watson and Melanie Harrold.

Chris and Julie also write and perform music for Television and Radio, notably 'Tales from the Towpath' (BBC Radio 2), 'The Ridgeriders' (Meridian TV) and The new Radio 2 Radio Ballads for which Julie wrote eleven of the songs and Chris performed several of 

If these women had been born in California, they would be world famous by now.
Ashley Hutchings

I have become one of their biggest fans as a result of listening to their superb output. They are what I most admire, intelligent and musical with attitude.
Barbara Dickson 

A little bit of blues, a small touch of country and quite a lot of folk, you wonder what all the fuss is about over Shawn Colvin, Lisa Loeb and the rest.

- Date Added 29/05/2012