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


Police Dog Hogan

Friday 11th October 2013

The Kingston Barn, Kingston nr Canterbury

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
£12 in advance 
£13.50 on the door 
Unreserved seating

So excited about this one, we’re very lucky to be considered ‘select’ enough to receive this booking.  These guys are from the same 'stable' that brought us Girlyman and Gregory Alan Isaakov - they only represent exceedingly high calibre artists, and these guys are no exception.

If you read the Guardian or the Daily Telegraph or if you travel with Rough Guides or watch TV ads then you probably know several of this extraordinary band. Tim Dowling (banjo), for example, writes a very popular, and totally hilarious, weekly column in the Guardian’s Saturday supplement while the other Tim (Jepson – mandolin) has several Rough Guides to his credit … and then there’s Pete Robinson (dobro, lead guitar) who is travel writer for the Telegraph and affable and entirely eccentric frontman James Studholme who runs one of the country’s leading film production companies. Together, this bunch of London media mates got together out of a joint love of American music and as the BBC’s Johnnie Walker says they create ‘a really good, fun time’.  

These are busy guys so they don’t play too many live shows but following two sell-out performances in London (Bush Hall and the 100 Club) they are all set for a short season of festivals (Maverick, Larmer Tree, Bestival and Kendal Calling) - which you can follow in the band’s regular column in the Telegraph - before embarking on a very selective CD launch tour this autumn. And with the Guardian and the Telegraph behind them, not to mention lots of pals all over the radio and TV, you can count on a shed load of publicity and an excellent house as well as a brilliant night of music and laughter.   

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; BBC Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “just a really good, fun time”.

“Police Dog Hogan were good – actually, they were excellent.”    The Sunday Times

“One of my bands to watch – great songs, great musicians, and their live shows are really, really good fun.”  
DJ Johnnie Walker

“Police Dog Hogan – with Bellowhead – were the highlight of the Larmer Tree Festival 2011.”
BBC Radio 2

“One of our favourite new bands.”  The Telegraph, 2012

“An idiosyncratic bunch that pulls pop, Cajun, country and just about anything else into a hotchpotch of 110% entertainment.”  Spiralearth, 2012

“A great set…”   Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones at Bush Hall, London

Police Dog Hogan are:
James Studholme – lead vocals, guitar
Pete Robinson – vocals, lead guitar, dobro
Eddie Bishop – violin, vocals
Tim Dowling – banjo, vocals
Tim Jepson – mandolin, vocals
Adam Bennette – bass
Michael Giri – drums, vocals
Regular onstage guests include Bill Amberg on the jaw harp and once (memorably) Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on tambourine.

- Date Added 05/07/2013