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


Jamie Smith's Mabon - spt Rudy Warman

Friday 4th October 2013

The Kingston Barn, Kingston nr Canterbury

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
£13 in advance 
£14.50 on the door 
Students £10
Unreserved seating

October through to the beginning of November brings a very exciting series of  new concerts at the Kingston Barn. All very different, and all of the highest standard. We're thrilled to kick off with the wondrous and highly acclaimed Jamie Smith's Mabon.
Opening this year's Cambridge Folk Festival (because they are one of the best crowd pleasers around)...

Jamie Smith’s MABON are among the UK’s foremost and finest exponents of original, InterCeltic music.  

Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.  

The energetic sound of jigs and reels; or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic – all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

“Exhilarating, just exhilarating – a band that perform with such enjoyment, excitement, style and wit – no histrionics, just a show of originality, energy and integrity...”

These young, virtuosic musicians are already veterans of the world music stage, and their latest album ‘Windblown’ has seen them rise to a new level of achievement and critical acclaim.  From Cambridge and Cropredy to Celtic Connections; from Wales’ Llangollen Eisteddfod to the global stage of WOMAD; on UK tours, in European festivals and in dozens of countries worldwide – Jamie Smith’s MABON receive constant praise for both their live and recorded work.

Their concerts this season will showcase the broad palate of their ‘Windblown’ album live on stage.  Stand by for infectious, life-affirming music by the spade full!


“A fearsome reputation as a live band” – Financial Times

“If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis” – Songlines

“Fur coat AND knickers – Jamie Smith’s MABON are a class act” – fRoots

“A top band – let by one hell of an accordion player and arranger” - Mike Harding 

Rudy Warman
We are very pleased to have the amazing young artist Rudy Warman opening for Jamie Smith's Mabon. Rudy sent me a cd a while back and I knew I'd have to find an opportunity for him. It went on the huge pile of cds I get sent and eventually went to the back of my mind. My daughter recently saw him busking in Canterbury and said Mum you really need to book this guy - he is awesome. So reminded by Rosie and also by his own considerable talents - here he is. Rudy is a folk singer - from Folkestone - with an extraordinary voice and some great original songs, that come from his own deeply compassionate nature and outlook on life. I think you'll enjoy him.

- Date Added 11/09/2013