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


Lau supported by Haiku Salut

Friday 22nd November 2013

St Mary's Church, Sandwich


Doors 7pm for 8pm start
£15 in advance
£17 on door
Unreserved seating

Winner of ‘Best Group’ in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013

This generation’s most inventive folk band return with new tours and energetic performances for 2013

'Quite frankly, the best band in the world right now' Channel 4 

Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers, free-thinking visionaries and all-round good chaps as well…small wonder Lau are regarded as the epicentre of the new folk boom . And they’ve got shelves groaning with awards, a forest’s worth of ecstatic reviews and breathless plaudits from excited audiences in various outposts of the world ringing in their ears to prove it…

Indeed, the republic of Lau-land has acquired almost empirical status as a journey which started with three blokes sitting down to play a few tunes on fiddle, guitar and squeeze-box at a kitchen table in Edinburgh one day in 2004. Lau quickly burst out of the undergrowth into groundbreaking terrain. Since then Lau has not merely become one of the great success stories of the last decade – and a barometer of the fast-changing and increasingly all-embracing face of British folk music – it is now a by-word for an exceptionally creative community, inspiring a boldly varied and richly colourful array of offshoot bands and projects wielding daring ideas with a myriad of musical styles and unlikely collaborators. 

“We’ve never wanted to repeat ourselves,” says Aidan O’Rourke, master fiddler from Oban, whose extra-curricular exploits include two majestic solo albums, founding membership of the big band Blazin’ Fiddles, trailblazing excursions into jazz, world, Gaelic and classical music and fiddling to the fore of another magnificent supergroup, Kan. “We’re folk musicians but firstly we’re musicians with a love of different styles and we don’t think we’re cheating on anybody by drawing on that. We all love and play a wide range of music but what we have in common is a deep love of hardcore traditional music.”
Martin Green – fearless, techno curious accordion innovator, general livewire and token East Anglian – also has a long and admirable track record that includes working with the likes of Eliza Carthy, Joan Baez, Linda Thompson, a string of commissioned compositions and the production of a show for England’s Opera North featuring Becky Unthank. 

“Paul McCartney said he never spent more than three hours on a song. With Lau we never spend less than three weeks. Everything we do now is a real collaborative effort and we love rehearsing…it’s one of the joys of this band.”

The third and, by some distance, tallest member of Lau is Kris Drever, the dark-haired , winsome voiced, rock-loving guitarist/singer/songwriter from Orkney. Drever, who says he thought he’d died and gone to heaven when he got to play Sunshine Of Your Love on stage with Jack Bruce at Celtic Connections in 2012, achieved something of a cult success recording and touring with Roddy Woomble and John McCusker and won many admirers – not to mention a clutch of award nominations – for his gently affecting solo albums Black Water and Mark The Hard Earth.
With all three involved in so many different projects – and constant demand for their services on other people’s records – you wonder that they can maintain focus on Lau. Yet, as one, they describe Lau as “the motherband”…and one that carries such a unique spirit borne of the intuitive understanding and mutual respect between them that they are intensely proud of their achievements so far. And eager to pursue lots more…

“We’ve been proud of our music from day one,” say the band  “Before we started Lau the three of us were all busy doing other things and we said then that unless we could do something dynamic we’d keep it to ourselves. Now the gigs feel amazing. We’re on fire right now and we’re ready for the next level and putting on a show that’s spectacular and dynamic.”

Praise for Lau:
The Arts Desk – ‘One of the most exciting live acts in any genre, Lau are to be cherished’
The Guardian - ‘Lau are so special’
BBC – ‘Lau has injected a freshness, vitality, vigour into the UK folk scene’
MUSICOMH – ‘a symbol of musical innovation – a blaze of white hot sparks’
The Scotsman – ‘Astonishing walls of sound, truly magnificent’
NME ’Unconventional and intricate, Lau are far from traditional’

Haiku Salut are a Derbyshire-based trio that use accordions, ukeleles, glockenspiels, pianos, loopery and laptopery to create sounds that have been likened to early múm, Detektivbyrån and the soundtrack to Amélie.

Their debut album “Tricolore” (tree-coe-lor) was released on March 25th 2013

- Date Added 22/11/2013