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


The Chris Wood Trio

Friday 17th May 2013

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Doors 7pm for 8pm start
Tickets £14 
£2 extra on the door

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We are thrilled to say that two years on from his first sell-out show for us - we have mesmerising local singer song writer Chris Wood coming back to play at one of our most stunning venues the beautiful Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.

Chris has joined up with Whitstable musician Justin Mitchell and bass player Neil Harland to create something very special and a bit different.  The result is the new album  None The Wiser, and a tour to follow - which we are excited to be hosting in Canterbury.

Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia” Chris Wood’s love of even the smallest detail has made
him one of the most vivid and arresting chroniclers of our times.

His brand new album, None The Wiser, is a great new work from one of England’s finest songwriters and the sound he has created for the album, using an amplified guitar and Hammond organ, is one of the most distinctive around. There are no clichés in None The Wiser. Wood absorbs everything that’s going on around him, takes his observations home and, in solitude, fashions them into the kind of powerful songs heard in this new batch of recordings. His songwriting and musicianship have grown in stature with each new album and None The Wiser is his latest career high.

Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year Award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. (Chris has been nominated, either solo or with The Imagined Village, a total of 12 times for the BBC Folk Awards and won six of them.) At the Awards (and on BBC TV’s broadcast of the event), Chris sang a stunning version of Hollow Point, his chilling ballad about the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and that song illustrates amply Wood's feel for the sheer "one thing after another‚Äźness" of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

“Chris takes a traditional song and has you absolutely gripped…. He makes it really obvious why it is of contemporary relevance. On the flip side, he has managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes, or putting music to Hugh Lupton’s words, that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional songs, but are totally modern.”
Ian Anderson

The Times ****
Maverick ****
Q Magazine ****
The Telegraph ****
Mojo Magazine ****
Observer Music Monthly ****

"The finest and most original singer songwriter to have emerged from the British folk scene since Richard Thompson"
The Guardian

“an intimate story teller, applying such nuance and gravitas to every phrase you are imperceptibly lured into his
world…. he seamlessly knits the spirit of the tradition into his very contemporary parables. And it's  magnificent.”


Why should you come and see Chris?
I love him and would never turn down the chance to see him.   His performance is totally compelling.  You have to really listen - quietly - and open your mind and heart.  He paints intricate detailed pictures - with which we can all identify, sometimes pairing the harshest imagery with the softest voice for killer effect.  You come away feeling calm and connected, you'll have smiled and tingled - and maybe seen things a little differently.   He’s one of the current ‘must see’ artists, and this variation with the current line-up is going to be special.  Debs

- Date Added 03/05/2013