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


Alister Atkin & The Ghost Line Carnival * & * Arlet

Saturday 14th September 2013

The Lounge, St George's Centre, Canterbury

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

In advance £11
On the door £13
Students £5
Unreserved seating

We are opening our exciting Autumn programme with a feast of local talent.. A double header concert from two popular home grown ensembles, at a brand new venue for us - The Lounge, St George's Centre, Canterbury.  See Venues page for more info.

Alister Atkin & The Ghost Line Carnival
..Are singer songwriter Alister Atkin, with fellow musicians Russ Grooms, Geoffrey Richardson, Aidan Shepherd and Lee Cornwall.

Alister Atkin needs no introduction to those in the Canterbury music scene.  He is an established and successful highly skilled maker of handcrafted guitars to the likes of Elbow, Kris Drever, Boo Hewerdine, Nick Harper,  Luke Jackson, and many others.  More recently he has stepped out from behind his workbench and on the to performance stage, with the support of a band made up of a superbly talented bunch of local musicians.  His debut album ‘In Time’ was recorded last year with the help of friends Tim Edey, Brendan Power, Kathryn Williams, Squeeze’s Chris Difford, and Canterbury and Caravan’s Geoffrey Richardson.

‘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. 

"I love Alister Atkin's debut CD - songwriting and singing of world class order. I reckon his song 'Tom' will become a modern classic."
- Mike Harding

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


“Arlet’s music is located somewhere between the folk club and the chamber music hall.  Propelled by the restless creativity of accordionist and composer Aidan Shepherd, their sound brings together the primary colours of the orchestra – strings, woodwind and brass – and adds an indefinable irridescent shimmer. The joyful melodicism and rhythmic intensity of British folk is a shared inspiration, but rather than viewing these traditions as artefacts to be revered, Arlet are drawing on folk idioms as a point of departure for their carefully sculpted, richly harmonic and ornately textured music.   

Despite its freshness, this feels like music that has seeped out of the land – it has a pastorality, an Englishness (wisps of Vaughan Williams and his ilk have woven themselves into Aidan’s remarkably mature composition). Sounding sometimes like a chamber quintet letting its hair down and finding a curious groove circa 1973, sometimes like a session band in the corner of a rural pub suddenly slipping through a vortex into another musical dimension, there are few comparisons besides perhaps the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Bristol’s criminally under-recognised Spiro. ”

Having already had a preview of this unique ensemble when they did a guest spot at Folk in the Barn’s tenth anniversary party earlier this year, I am looking forward to seeing them on a proper stage doing a full set.  You won’t have seen anything quite like them – highly recommended.
- Date Added 24/07/2013