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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


Blair Dunlop Trio - spt Aimee

Saturday 2nd November 2013

The Kingston Barn, Kingston nr Canterbury

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
£13 in advance
£15 on the door
Unreserved seating
BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award Winner 2013

Blair Dunlop is a 21-year old captivating vocalist, phenomenal guitarist and over the past year has emerged as one of the U.K’s finest singer-songwriters. Blight & Blossom is a truly stunning debut album from an artist who will continue to delight us well into the future. This tour sees the end of a busy year for Blair where he won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and guested on numerous Radio programs, including the Mark Radcliffe Show, the session from this show being released to coincide with Blair’s appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival this year.  The tour also introduces Blair’s new trio as his sound continues to develop.  

His new album is written and recorded.  It will be released in May 2014.  This tour is a celebration of the year and features songs from the successful debut album alongside new material from the forthcoming offer.  Hear it here first!

The son of folk legend Ashley Hutchings and singer Judy Dunlop, Blair is well on his way to carving out his own place in the musical hierarchy both as a solo performer and as a member of the reformed Albion Band and this is ably demonstrated on his first full CD, ‘Blight & Blossom’, released on Rooksmere Records in October 2012, which features an all star cast of musicians as well as a song written for him by Richard Thompson.      

What some of music’s most talented figures say about Blair …. 

"He's immensely skilled in three respects; as singer, songwriter and guitarist. These attributes occur in no particular ranking order but probably the first thing most will notice is his guitar playing which is quite phenomenal. " Froots 2012

"He explores ideological concerns even-handedly and with a maturity that's astounding for one so young" Froots 2012

"Since seeing Blair showcase at last year's AFO I am convinced he is the 'new' Richard Thompson, and last night's show confirmed this even more. In fact he's not only a great musical talent - both as a guitarist and as a singer/writer - but he's also so at ease with an audience". Mark Ringwood, Roots Around the World.

“I thoroughly enjoyed Blair’s debut EP and I am sure we will be hearing a lot more from this talented young performer” Nic Jones

“Beautiful guitar playing and vocal. A real emerging talent" Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention)

“I saw Blair at Sidmouth, 2009. His obvious talent just blew me away. Awesome” Simon Care (Edward II)

“A star in the making. Watch this space. I just love his voice. Can’t wait to watch the future unfold for him” Chris While

…. and promoters and reviewers

"Blair was astonishing last night! I have been to many clubs recently and am a big music fan of all genres but I don't think I have ever seen anyone play as well as him. To think he is so young is just madness"
Helen Chinn, Pump House Folk, Watford.

"(Blair) exemplified Nic himself - a young man with a voice and a guitar alone on stage. For me he overshadowed even Martin Carthy and Jim Moray" R2 magazine, reviewing the concert “In search of Nic Jones” at London's South Bank Centre.

"It is the sound of gilded youth and ambition in the 21st century; the noise that goes with having everything to play for and the wind in your hair. It's the sound of being young. Dunlop makes it resonate and it is, simply, thrilling. For a first outing it is nothing short of miraculous and "I predict that Blair Dunlop will go on to write some songs that will outlive him by a great many years" Emma Hartley

“This astonishing performer was the first act at Towersey 2010 and in simple terms he stole the show and got a lot of people talking.He is an immensely talented singer, hugely accomplished guitarist, with a stage presence that is far beyond his years.

Young Liphook singer Aimée (pronounced Em-ay) has been performing regularly on the local music scene since she was just 14 years old. In the last couple of years Aimée has also been busy writing and releasing her own songs and already boasts three singles and an EP to her name. She first came to attention of local music lovers when performing at the national finals of “Live and Unsigned” back in 2009, placing in a creditable top 5 position in her category. That same year she was the youngest performer at Guilfest, earning rave reviews on the Acoustic Stage from all that heard her. Opportunities for more exposure continue to present themselves for this hard working teenager; featured on ‘BBC Introducing – The South’ radio show a few weeks ago, she was given the opportunity to play a number of her own songs to an audience across the South. There is no wonder Aimée has already achieved so much and promises even more to come; adding to a beautiful singing voice, a real talent for song writing and playing the acoustic guitar on most of her tracks is a willingness to keep on promoting her music however she can.´╗┐Comparisons have been made by others to many singers including Kirsty McColl and Suzanne Vega.  After recently opening for Show of Hands, Steve Knightley left this note for Aimee...

"Songwriting and musicianship of the highest calibre and harmonising as only siblings can. Just about the best young English acoustic band I've heard"    and he knows what he's talking about!

“Hailing from Liphook is the vocal prowess, lyrical genius and sheer musicality of Aimée, successful singer/songwriter and just sweet sixteen” – Haslemere Fringe Festival 2012

- Date Added 10/10/2013