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


Martyn Joseph with guest Luke Jackson

Sunday 25th November 2012

Canterbury Christ Church Uni Chapel

Tickets £16 full price
£14 usual concessions   
CCCU Full time students £8   
all tickets £1 extra on the door 
Doors 7.15pm 8pm start 

Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other.
Touring in support of a brand new studio album “Songs for the Coming Home”, shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

Martyn’s ability to transcend preconceptions about how one man and a guitar can sound is testament to his talent and stage presence. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s more than one musician on stage.The shows are intelligently constructed, Martyn presenting his audience with challenging narratives and with an intensity that hits with the power of a right hook. He tempers this with songs that comfort and speak to the soul. His great improvisation and immediate topicality lead to an organic fluidity that makes every show different. His comfortable rapport and conversation with his audiences, his sense of humour and his ability to make everyone feel at home lie right at the heart of the evenings success.

Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.

A regular returning favourite of ours at Folk in the Barn, his loval fanbase will ensure a growing audience for this performace.  

Martyn is supported by young local superstar singer songwriter Luke Jackson, who he has signed to his own label Pipe records and is on the national tour with Martyn.

“Britain’s best kept secret…..a challenging songwriter and compelling and courageous live performer – MOJO 

“A depth, resonance and emotional punch which belies comparison” – Q 

“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today” –Tom Robinson, BBC 6

Luke Jackson
"Luke Jackson is a singer-songwriter from deepest Kent who sings with an extraordinarily rich voice and possesses a guitar technique astonishing for one so young. I first heard him sing four years ago and even then his songwriting suggested a performer of rare promise. 'Show of Hands' has now invited Luke to play at Festivals, Theatres and village halls and he never fails to deliver. I can confidently predict that Luke will be one of the success stories of this years' Shrewsbury Festival!" -  Steve Knightley, July 2012

Luke's first full length album 'More then Boys' is just released and gaining fantastic reviews, see his website for details. - Date Added 20/08/2012