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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


Alister Atkin

Saturday 15th September 2012

The Chapel, Canterbury Christ Church University, supported by Lucy Kitt

Tickets £10 in advance £11 on the door  Students £5
Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Popular and successful local luthier Alister Atkin – inspired by the beauty of the instruments he crafts - now reveals his passion for writing and performing with a collection of thoughtful and intimate songs in this his debut album  …’In Time’

We at Folk in the Barn are honoured to present and promote Alisters album launch concert – at the stunning CCCU Chapel venue, a short walk from the centre of Canterbury on Saturday 15th September.  Alister will have support from his talented band and special guest extraordinary multi- instrumentalist  Geoffrey Richardson – and maybe more….  

The artists who already know exactly who Alister Atkin is reads like a Who’s Who of the music scene: Richard Hawley, Elbow, Kathryn Williams, Kate Walsh, Ronan Keating, Graham Coxon, Turin Brakes, Nick Harper, Kris Drever, Boo Hewerdine… They all know Alister as the master craftsman who handbuilt their beautiful guitars. That Alister’s famous Atkin Guitars stem from a love of the music they create is no surprise, but that Alister is himself a musician and performer has been a well-kept secret to date.

While studying guitar making at The London School of Furniture, Alister was quietly also moonlighting as a performer. 
Returning to his hometown of Canterbury he established and built up a guitar making business of such reputation that his name became synonymous with fine acoustic guitars, and major artists started finding their way to his door to request custom-built instruments. Meanwhile Alister continued to perform on small stages in the area and built up close working relationships with some of the finest musicians in the region, who were quick to recognize his talent.

In 2010 a chance invitation from Geoffrey Richardson (Penguin Café Orchestra, The Paul Brady Band, Caravan) to perform with him, proved the catalyst to finally take his own music more seriously. It’s no surprise that major names in music were lining up to provide guest performances for the resulting debut album, which includes contributions from Kathryn Williams, Chris Difford (Squeeze), BBC Folk Award winners Brendan Power and Tim Edey, and of course Geoffrey Richardson. Difford and Richardson also contributed the co-written track ‘The Power Of Now’.

‘In Time…’ is otherwise written entirely by Atkin, and features ten songs of transatlantic love and loss, generations gone by and more, creating a soundscape around them which is led by his beautifully subtle guitar work – and yes he does play an Atkin guitar. The opening track 'Tom' asks the question why Alister's Grandfather, a Fighter Pilot in the Second World War came to take his own life a few years after the war had ended, leaving behind a wife and 2 children. 'Soulmates in Time' inspired by Ben Okri's 'The Famished Road' was written in Cape Town while searching for the Hotel where Alister's Father had died 17 years earlier. The Song , like the book explores the idea that some of us may live many lives and meet again and again. Tinged with an Americana feel, it is nevertheless a record that at heart is English through and through. Produced and mixed by Lee Russell (Ezio, Kate Walsh, Paul Carrack), the end result justifies the long journey that has brought Alister Atkin out of the background of the music scene and finally finds him centre-stage.

"Intimate, hook-laden, folk-pop balladry" - Acoustic Magazine

Alister will be supported by another fantastic singer songwriter Lucy Kitt.

Lucy Kitt
Fresh from an entrancing performance at Cambridge Folk Festival which left the audience queuing up aquire a copy of her cd – Lucy is a young Canterbury based songwriter of significant talent. With her classic Laurel Canyon sound she blends blues and folk, with a beautifully assured voice.  Writing, recording and performing for 10 years, her acoustic folk-rock songs are real, raw and original. Her songs are inspired by honesty, passions and truths from experiences along the way.  We are very happy to welcome Lucy back to Folk in the Barn after her popular appearance supporting the great
Cara Dillon a few years ago.

- Date Added 08/08/2012