From: Folk in the Barn [folkinthebarn_at_foxinsocks_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk] Sent: 17 May 2006 18:19
Subject: Folk in the Barn - May stuff

Hello all
Has anyone discovered 'MySpace'? If so can anyone tell me how to communicate with it in an effective manner! Two hours I've been sitting here attempting to do just that.
I'm no computer whizz but I have got half a brain and it seems that that is not sufficient! Im not giving up, I'll beat it if it's the last thing I do!!
One last word on the recent Show of Hands weekend. I should mention that Phil's garage sale of old rediscovered cassette tapes, raised a brilliant £117 for Christian Aid. So thanks to all of you who supported that, and I hope you've kept them in the wrappers as Phil suggested, who knows one day on the Antiques Roadshow 2106, someone might think they're worth something!! No I think they're worth more ripped open and put in your cassette player so you can hear the fantastic music. 'Backlog' is a seriously good record (tape!?!).
I hope lots of you are able to come along to the Barn to see one time Arizona Smoke Revue member and Steve Knightley's best mate - Paul Downes. I have seen Paul perform on a number of occasions, once solo, twice with his current band 'The Joyce Gang' (special guests at Show of Hands - Abbotsbury festival this year) and three times with Show of Hands, including his guest appearance at the Royal Albert Hall no less, where he'd forgotten to bring something smart to wear and unbeknown to Steve, 'borrowed' and wore his best shirt! Paul is a warm and engaging performer. He is a fantastic guitar player, much more proficient than his mate Mr Knightley, and no less talented than his other mate Mr Beer. He also plays Cello Mandolin, in fact it was Paul who was responsble for finding the instrument and introducing Steve to it - the rest is history. Paul sings his own, and some traditional, and usually a few of his mate Steve's songs, including if we are lucky the wonderful 'Sit you Down'.
To make it even more of a special evening I have invited along local Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury Sarah Reed. I was fortunate to see Sarah perform recently at the Rochester Sweeps Festival - Folk Factor, a great afternoon organised by Doug Hudson. Sarah's voice has a magical, soulful quality and great range and control. She has been likened to artists such as Eva Cassidy, Joan Baez and Kate Bush. Her lyrics are poignant, direct and powerful and she accompanies herself on guitar. Check out her music on
This concert is on Friday 14th July, so the footie will be well and truly over and done with! We'll have a Bar and hopefully a lovely warm summers evening. What better way than to spend it catching some great live music. Email me to reserve your seat.
Who watches 'Later' with Jools Holland? Do you ever wish that our genre of music was better represented on the programme. Wouldn't it be great to see SoH, Seth or CQ on there. If you go to this link there's a form to request your favourite artist. It might help, you never know, worth a try anyway.
Bob over at Tonbridge has another good gig coming up, details below.....
Fairport Convention (Acoustic)in concert at the E.M.Forster Theatre Tonbridge
Co-founded way back in 1967 by Simon Nicol and Ashley Hutchings Fairport Convention is the most celebrated folk- rock band of all time Such distinguished musicians as Sandy Denny - Richard Thompson Dave Mattacks - Iain Matthews and Dave Swarbrick have all done their bit over the years with the band - which is now in the safe hands (for acoustic performances) of Simon Nicol, Ric Sanders (joined in 1985) Chris Leslie (mid 90's) and Gerry Conway, the celebrated percussionist.
Today Fairport Convention still fill concert halls all over the world and their Cropredy festival regularly attracts 20,000 fans every year
Fairport Convention are recipients of the coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and their seminal album Liege & Lief was voted as the Best Folk Album of All Time in a recent BBC readers poll.. Seats are £17.50 and advance booking is advised - 01732 361908 Friday 26th May.7.45 for 8.15pm E.M. Forster Theatre Tonbridge (in the beautiful grounds of Tonbridge School).
Lastly, members of the 'Fibbers' (Folk Inthe Barn ers) music club, I'm really sorry this is short notice, but if you are available??? Can you come along tomorrow night to the Methodist Hall in Barham for the May gathering?? Please let me know if you can come, because if you can't there's no point in me going on my own!!!!!!!!
thats all fer now


Debs Earl

07799 790 738