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Thursday 28th October 2021

St Mary's Arts Centre, Sandwich

Declan O'Rourke

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Colyer-Fergusson Room, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Usher's Island

Sunday 28th November 2021

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Martyn Joseph

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Waterstones, Canterbury


Turin Brakes with Nick Harper

Friday 19th September 2014

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

7pm for 7.30pm start
£20 full price
£18 students  

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Turin Brakes

In Autumn 2014, London based folk-pop-indy band Turin Brakes will tour their new album We Were Here.

 “If the Optimist was the soul of a heartbroken twenty one year old whose innocence was breaking then this record is perhaps a summation of where that soul is a decade later. Maybe a little more afraid of the world and its systems, wrestling with the idea of either fitting in or dropping out and pulling up the escape hatch.”
Olly Knights, Summer 2013

So what happens to an optimist when they have to face up to the realities of modern life? What to do when experience turns to weary pragmatism and - with it - wistful daydreams of escape?

A decade and a half into a career that’s inspired artists as diverse as the Staves and Flux Pavilion, these are the questions posed by the sublime sixth album from Turin Brakes. ‘We Were Here’ finds the band - Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian along with long time collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer - at their most assertive and consistent with a hypnotic collection of songs that nod to classic releases of the ’70s and also to the triggers of existential dread that sit right at the heart of the information age.

6 critically aclaimed albums, 8 top 40 singles, their music has featured in numerous film and tv programmes, including Hollyoaks, The OC, Smallville and the  Zach Braff (Scrubs) movie 'The Last Kiss' AND not forgetting the Special K advert!"  The band are returning for the third time to East Kent as guests of Folk in the Barn, their first visit to the Gulbenkian.

“Excellent sixth album, We Were Here, adds greater muscle to their spine-tingling harmonies and bittersweet love songs.”
 Daily Mail

"We Were Here repositions them as a British take on The National. After all these years, this might be Turin Brakes' break."
 Q Magazine ****

"We Were Here is redolent of post-Syd Pink Floyd. Fine upbeat pop”
Mojo Magazine  ****

Opening the evening as a special guest will be Nick Harper

Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick was born in London and raised in Wiltshire. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father's Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985.
Nick recently undertook a major UK solo tour in support of his 8th studio album 'Riven'. An epic recording with legendary producer Tchad Blake at the helm. Nick has also found time to play on new recordings with Lana Del Rey, Newton Faulkner and Steven Wilson this year, via his 6th appearance at Glastonbury Festival whilst also running his own charity concert/walk in deepest Wiltshire in August - Devil's Den Rocks!

"One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainright and Jeff Buckley.


"Nick Harper has a quality that stands head and shoulders above anything else you are likely to encounter…”
Edinburgh Evening News

- Date Added 09/06/2014