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


Joe Topping

Sunday 17th March 2013

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury

Tickets £12 in advance 
£13 on the door
Doors 6pm,
Concert starts 6.30pm

Meals in the restaurant can be booked from 5pm. 10% discount off the food bill if attending the concert.
She Moved Through The Fair (Live)
Joe Topping is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Wirral, whose musical journey so far has been as colourful as it as varied.

Joe has always been surrounded by music; his dad, Tom, who in addition to being a semi-pro musician ran a folk club and put on gigs by people as varied as Billy Connelly to Stephan Grapelli, from Martin Carthy to blues musician Blind Jessie Fuller. Many of these influences filtered down to Joe who plays anything from traditional British folk music to Delta blues slide guitar.  

Joe also “has a gift to write songs that will last and that others will want to sing” John Wright. 

And “one of the most beautiful voices I have heard” Chris While. 

At gigs you are just as likely to hear him playing the mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, dobro or banjo as you are the guitar.

Joe is adventurous, whether living and travelling around America and Canada in a pick-up truck or walking across the Namib Desert in aid of a landmine charity. He is ever looking to be challenged and in the summer of 2006 saw him undertake his biggest adventure yet: a 1,400 mile solo walk across America! With an old Gibson guitar strapped to his back, Joe walked from Chicago and the shores Lake Michigan in the north, south to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. A journey rich in musical flavour and history: Chicago, St Louis, Nashville, Memphis, the Mississippi Delta, Baton Rouge; sleeping along the way in motels, cornfields, cotton fields, graveyards, backyards and sugar plantations, meeting musicians and characters along the road which have added to and inspired Joe’s own music, before finally - and three pairs of shoes later – being marched into New Orleans by The New Wave Brass Band. 

As his trek across the Namib Desert was for a landmine charity, his walk across America was to, and indeed did, achieve raised awareness and funds for New Orleans musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.(

On his return from America, Joe accepted an earlier invitation to join local band, Elbow Jane. Since then, Elbow Jane has gone from strength to strength, recording the critically acclaimed album “England Stone” and playing the main stages at many British folk festivals. 
“Masterful purveyors of harmonic folk”  NW Enquirer

Joe’s obvious talents have also been seized upon by folk/rock legend Ashley Hutchings who in December 2007 asked him to join his band, “The Rainbow Chasers” Since Joe joined the Chasers have been playing in arts centres and theatres across the UK and Italy. 

“The best acoustic group in the country”  Phil Beer, Show of Hands

Joe has worked with many well known artists from the folk/roots world including Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway (Fairport Convention), Martin Allcock (Fairport, Jethrow Tull, Beth Nielson Chapman) and Chris While and Julie Matthews among others.

He has been on my 'must book' list for far too long, I'm so thrilled that we've sorted out a date for Joe -  you'll love him!

“… A beautifully crafted album, played to perfection, fused with passion and heart” 

Maverick Magazine

“ … Heartfelt vocal backed by intricate, intensely accomplished guitar work” 
fRoots magazine

“An innovative resonator guitar style and a real song writing talent&r dquo;
Folk on Tap

“A cracking album” 
Mike Harding
- Date Added 17/03/2013