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


Rodney Branigan

Sunday 16th June 2013

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury

Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start
Tickets £12 in advance £13 on the door    
Book a table in the Restaurant from 5pm - 10% off food.

Artists are often described as having “a unique talent”; few epitomise this more than virtuosic guitarist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodney’s talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side.

The London based singer songwriter masterfully plays two guitars at once or both guitar and piano simultaneously. However, it is his ability to mix this extraordinary skill with his own heartfelt lyrics and rich, soulful voice that have led to Rodney Branigan becoming one of the most followed global performers of the moment.

“The revelation of the year or even the decade” Crossroads Magazine, France

A passion for musical diversity has seen Rodney travel the world with his own, inimitable style of musicianship. Having toured his native America coast-to-coast, Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China as well as France, Germany and Switzerland; earning him love from new fans and respect from established musicians alike. During his tour of China, Rodney was asked to guest lecture at a number of colleges throughout the country and regularly hosts workshops around the UK teaching finger style technical courses to accomplished players. In 2011 he hosted the Progressive Fingerstyle Course at the International Guitar Foundation's Festival and Summer School in the UK.

Rodney Branigan the songwriter is a truly gifted man. Rodney Branigan the performer has to be seen to be believed. The headline act at The Isle of Bute International Guitar Festival in 2011, Rodney has featured on the same line-up as Jethro Tull and Billy Bragg; as well as electrifying the crowds at that most iconic of all festivals, Glastonbury.

“Rodney Branigan is one of the most amazing artists you will ever see. Not simply because he is unique, but rather because he is impossibly talented” Music Connection Magazine

“Leave to cross France from end to end, because this is what we call a real discovery. A contemporary musician as innovative as the Boulez was in his time” Paris Moves

A desire to share music and entertain audiences is the driving force which has led to Rodney working alongside the young musicians of the future in order to focus their dreams. Each year he forms part of the Access to Music “Band Factory” team, a project encouraging children to learn directly from the professionals themselves and discover ‘how to be in a band’. A proud patron of the award winning ‘Re Play Music Project’, Rodney also actively helps to run workshops at
Glastonbury, giving children the opportunity to pick up new instruments, gain new skills and build their confidence. Having wowed the crowds at Glastonbury with his own performances, in 2008 he trained the youngest ever band to appear at the festival when he led 35 children to perform live on stage.

Rodney’s achievements as an artist and ambassador was highlighted when he was revealed as the ‘Face of Yamaha’, regularly featuring on the official website and endorsing the LL guitar series. 

A multi-talented musician; a voice that delivers honest, self-penned lyrics with soul and feeling; a globally recognised performer;  it is fair to say that Rodney Branigan’s future is as bright as the musical landscape he is now so pivotal in shaping in 2013.

- Date Added 25/04/2013