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


The Open Mikers - featuring CJ & Nick, The Reckless Sleepers ft Phil Garvey, The Acoustic Architects - SOLD OUT!

Saturday 20th September 2014

The Kingston Barn, nr Canterbury

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start  (note - earlier than usual)
£8 online
£9 cash or cheque in advance
£10 on the door


Something different.  We are  blessed here in Canterbury to have a strong, vibrant and talented local music scene.  Here we showcase some of our most talented and entertaining friends in an evening with the best of the local open mic scene.  Far from amateur, many of these musicians appear regularly at local festivals and public events and are good friends of ours and supporters of Folk in the Barn. Here’s a chance to see just how lucky we are, and have some fun.

CJ & Nick
CJ - needs no introduction to many of you in the Canterbury music scene.  A full-time, specialist music teacher in a special needs school by day, musician / singer song-writer / open mic organiser /  workshop leader / cricketer / surfer / Show of Hands fan and mum the rest of the time!   With her loyal friend and fellow musician Nick Andrews, she has performed all over Kent and London, and at many festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and  Rochester Sweeps Festival,  and supported Suzanne Vega, The Lightning Seeds and Cast during her drumming days. 

Nick Andrews, is a Canterbury resident and ex head teacher.  Having always loved music, it wasn’t until he’d turned 50, until he discovered his hobby was also a talent. The duo have been working together for over 15 years, both performing and running open mics, and cover a wide range of styles & genres, focusing on folk & country.  CJ plays acoustic guitar, keyboards, harmonica, Djembe, and Cajon, Nick plays Bodhran and they both sing and create lovely harmonies.  Both are great friends and active supporters of Folk in the Barn.

No this isn't Nick, but CJ's duet with Max shows her beautiful voice. Maybe Max might be there on the night?

The Reckless Sleepers ft Phil Garvey

The Reckless Sleepers are a quirky, upbeat band from Oxford playing a combination of original songs and unusual covers and loosely class themselves as 'semi-psychedelic harmony warble rock.

Their aim is to make people smile and think, to raise awareness of important things, but empower their audience to change things for the better rather than just depressing them into a rut. They don't take themselves too seriously, but they must be doing something right as venues and promoters tend to ask them back.  

Eccentric front man Phil Garvey writes most of the clever songs, plays 6 and 12 string guitars, and is well known to us as he frequently makes the journey from Oxford to Canterbury to play at CJ's wonderful open mic evenings,  becoming well known and loved locally.  His killer warbles have to be heard to be believed - and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The Acoustic Architects

“The Acoustic Architects do “acoustically driven rock music” or folk-rock stuff basically. Two acoustic guitars, a bodhran player, main vocalist and the electric bass make up the standard line-up but there are frequent changes by song, with all of them doing lyrics at various times, the bass player grabbing a mandolin for “Fisherman’s Blues” (Water boys), bodhran player wielding a variety of percussion kit, and guitarist Bob Carling switching to mandolin or a mandola named Nelson. This gives all the folk stuff a nice bit of raunch and gives the rocky stuff (up to and including Led Zeppelin!) a nice folky homeliness.”

- Date Added 20/09/2014