Folk in the Barn
Gig Diary

Summer Garden Party with Megson

Saturday 16th July 2022

Edge of Beyond, Barham

Gerry Colvin Band

Thursday 21st July 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Richard Thompson

Monday 25th July 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Cara Dillon

Friday 9th September 2022

Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Turin Brakes

Sunday 16th October 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Folk in the Barn aims to bring the best Folk - Acoustic artists in the UK - and beyond - to beautiful and inspiring venues in the Canterbury and East Kent region - To enhance and uplift the lives of those who come along, and provide lovely settings for these amazing artists to display their amazing talent.

Folk in the Barn was born in 2003 in order to meet a need.  Back then our favourite folk duo Show of Hands didn’t have a Kent gig,  and we wanted to see them without having to drive across 3 counties.  When we asked them why?.. they said they didn’t have a suitable local venue/promoter, so somebody suggested we promote them ourselves. With a lot of help and encouragement from other friendly promoters and the band themselves, we did just that, and that first gig in April 2003 in the Kingston Barn was a wonderful night and the start of something amazing.  We hadn't intended to repeat the process, but we did and the rest as they say is history.

The venue for those first gigs was the historic and beautiful Kingston Barn, an old Kentish Flint Tithe Barn in the village of Kingston, which lies 5 miles Southeast of Canterbury.  Originally given to the people of Kingston to be used as a community hall in 1931, the Barn was restored and converted in 1996 to its present superb state and provides a cosy, welcoming, and beautiful space, with good access and facilities.  

Whilst some of the Folk in the Barn concerts are still held in the Barn, we have now spread to include other venues in the area, the remit being that they are beautiful and inspiring places with great ambiance and a perfect setting for acoustic music. From the elegant and more spacious Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, located in the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, to the ancient and stunning St Mary’s Church Arts Centre in Sandwich, and more recently the wonderful Gulbenkian.  See VENUES page for full list and details..   We will continue to look for other interesting local venues as necessary in order to provide the best and friendliest local Acoustic Music concerts. If you know of any – let us know.

Without exception all the artists and performances have been wonderful, and support and enthusiasm for what we do has grown to the point where it would be impossible to stop doing this now. Many of the concerts sell out, so advance booking is advisable. To keep in touch join the emailing list – you’ll get priority news and booking for all the gigs. 

A regular dose of inspiring live music – we’re certain is essential and life enhancing – spread the word and come along and share the fun with others who feel the same way.

Free Smiles Tickets

Becase life can sometimes be tough, and we know personally and hear from so many who agree, that a good night out with friendly company and inspiring music can make a difference, we have a scheme offering two free tickets to most concerts* to give to those in need of a lift.  If you are struggling - in any sort of way, or know people that have been through a tough time and are deserving of something lovely, please get in touch - in confidence - and we will arrange this. *available at The Black Robin, Kingston Barn, Cathedral Lodge, St Marys Sandwich & Ashford, CCCU Chapel, St Gregory's.

How do we get to play at Folk in the Barn?

Due to the success of Folk in the Barn we are inundated on a daily basis with requests to perform here.  We have a waiting list of about two years.  Sadly that means that if we were to personally reply to every request, and to take time to thoroughly check out every artist that applies - there wouldn't be time to organise any gigs.

That doesn't mean it's impossible and we try hard to offer opportunities to all when we can.  To headline one of our concerts - we would probably need to have seen you perform live and you would need to already have some national status, or simply be extraordinary and give us goosebumps.  You'd need to be regularly selling a minimum of 60+ tickets at £14+  per ticket.  

Support Spot at Folk in the Barn

If you are interested in a support spot they are sometimes available, although this is more of  a concert series, than a folk club.  Some headline acts stipulate no support, some bring their own on tour and sometimes we'd prefer the headline to have the whole evening to themselves.  If there is a suitable opportunity we offer a 20 - 30 minute opening spot, in return for travel expenses, a hot meal/drinks and the opportunity to sell cds free of commission charges, and sometimes a small fee.  We have so many applicants we can be choosy and pick the very best. Priority goes to local artists.   If you think you fit the bill, email - please don't ring, tell us a bit about yourselves, include links to good quality youtube/soundcloud clips or similar and a link to your website. Include quotes/feedback from other venues/press.   If we think you are suitable we will email you back and add you to our list.   If you don't get a reply, don't take it personally, like I said we get too many to able to do that and have a life!  We usually book at least six months ahead.  Please don't post us a cd, we get too many to be able to listen to. They would just be put on a pile, you're better off hanging it on to it.

What sometimes helps is buying a ticket, coming along to a gig, introducing yourself and having a chat face to face. We're far more likely to book someone we've met and like, and who supports what we're doing here.   Hope that helps!

GDPR - EU DATA PROTECTION REGULATION - Folk in the Barn - Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Folk in the Barn uses and protects any information that you give to Folk in the Barn.

Folk in the Barn is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.


Data – Information that you give to Folk in the Barn via the methods listed below.

Folk in the Barn – An independent music promotion business, run solely by Deborah Earl.

User or You – Any third party that accesses this website for information about concerts run by Folk in the Barn

Website – the website you are currently using

The data we keep is

Full Name
Email address
Telephone number

How we acquire your data

You have given it to us via the ‘Join our mailing list’ button on the home page of our website

You have attended a Folk in the Barn event and filled in the ‘Join our mailing list’ form on the
clipboard kept on the merchandise desk.

You have purchased tickets via online ticket booking site Wegottickets and ticked the box to ‘Join
this event organiser’s (Folk in the Barn) mailing list.

You have emailed Folk in the Barn to request to join our mailing list.

You have purchased a ticket for a Folk in the Barn concert and given us your name.

These are the only ways we acquire your information, we don’t automatically add anyone to our mailing list without their permission.

Why do we have your data

Mailing list - We keep your Data for the purposes of informing you about current and forthcoming Folk in the Barn and related musical events, reviews of events that have taken place, relevant news about the programmed artists, and any other closely related topics that may be of interest to the Folk in the Barn community. 

Ticket Holders - We keep a list of names of those attending each concert so we have a record of who has purchased a ticket and will be attending the event.

What we do with the information

Mailing list - Your data is held and managed by an online mailing list provider called Your Mailing List Provider.   Folk in the Barn also keeps a back-up copy in a secure location.  Folk
in the Barn are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Ticket Holders – Your names and often telephone numbers are listed on a spreadsheet, one for each event. 

Who will your data be shared with

Your data is kept for the sole use of Folk in the Barn.  We will not share it with any other third party.

How do I extract/edit my data

You are free to leave the Folk in the Barn mailing list at any time.  Each newsletter has an unsubscribe/change my details link at the bottom of the page.  Click on this and follow the instructions.  Your data will be completely removed from the database, or updated as preferred.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to us at the address on the website.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.