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


Nick Harper

Saturday 11th April 2015

The Lounge, Canterbury Christ Church University

£12 online
£13 cash or cheque  in advance  
£14 on the door
£5 students
Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Unreserved seating


"Nick Harper! - Wow!  WE should be supporting HIM" 
Turin Brakes 2014

We've been banging on about Nick Harper for years...and this is his fourth visit to Folk in the Barn.... despite a small audience last time he came - which was astonishing and so wrong.  This guy is a musical genius... his music is never off the players at Folk in the Barn Towers. We are determined to achieve the success here for Nick that he deserves.  Please come to this concert. If you have a heart, and an ear and a joy of eccentricity, absurdity, poetry and quite extraordinary guitar playing - you'll get Nick.    Read below what others have recently said..... We completely agree.....

"If the world were fair and just, Johnny Depp would be making a ninth biographical film about singer-songwriter Nick Harper.
Faber and Faber would be publishing a fancy hardcover edition of his lyrics thus far, and he would be forced to rent sheds throughout the countryside to store all of his awards."

Trebuchet Magazine 2014 
Read the full article here

Nick Harper – Opher’s World Pays Tribute to a Genius
"I love guitar playing. When it comes to guitar playing I have seen all the greats up close playing in small halls – from Jimi Hendrix to Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page to Peter Green, Davy Graham to Eric Clapton; but there is one who stands out for me. The sheer brilliance is beyond anything else I have seen. What Nick can do with a guitar is magical.

The strange thing is that the bending of the strings, the tuning and retuning of strings within songs, the creation of new upside down chords and even the surround sound delay is never a gimmick. It isn’t showing off. It actually works to create great music and the tricks are integral parts of the songs that always add to the composition. Nick expands upon the possibility and generates extensions of improbability.

I have only ever seen one person capable of such a thing and he was Jimi Hendrix. Nick’s limitation, as with Jimi, is merely the extent of his imagination. It goes without saying that Nick’s imagination is of the scope of galaxies. It is phenomenal.

I have been fortunate enough to observe these prodigious talents develop over decades and I never get tired of the crispness and range that those fingers tease or pound out of that instrument. He can make the guitar thunder or trill with delicate melodies. Nick produces music you can get lost in.

If it were only the guitar playing it would be wonderful but limited. But it is so much more. Nick marries this instrumental genius to a voice that is incredible in range and texture and a song-writing ability that is up there with the best. He now has a catalogue of brilliant songs that would challenge any great songwriter of our time barring only a few. The content is both poetic and meaningful. What more could you possibly ask for?

Nick’s live performances are impressive. He is a showman who deploys wit and cutting humour along with sharp observation. He is a warm, sensitive but forceful man whose sensibilities are complex and always intelligent and forthright. You never get short-changed at a Nick gig. He puts everything into it.

The one mystery surrounding Nick’s career concerns the level of success he has so far achieved. It boggles me to think that he has not risen to the heights, received the recognition and walked away with the awards. He surely deserves it. His time will undoubtedly come. Skills like his do not go unnoticed forever."

Opher's World Dec 2014

This venue should be packed to the rafters for this man.... all the above is spot on... Please come along and help us help Nick.... 

- Date Added 02/04/2015