From: Folk in the Barn [debs_at_folkinthebarn_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 09 November 2008 16:52
Subject: FiTB - A wonderful dream for a wet and gloomy November Sunday afternoon

Well hello! Yes I’m still here, sorry I’ve been a bit neglectful, but I’ve been so busy jetting all over the place. Johnny Depp keeps inviting me out to his remote tropical island paradise in the Caribbean and I just had to go, it seemed rude not to. So there I was sunbathing on a beautiful white sandy beach with Johnny massaging my feet and Steve Knightley sitting close by serenading me on his cuatro. A waiter looking suspiciously like Seth Lakeman rushed across with a newspaper saying “great news Debs - ColvinQuarmby are number one in the album charts and Michael Eavis is on the phone wanting to book them for Glastonbury.” “Oh tell him to stop pestering me Seth, he can’t have them all the time!! besides Broadstairs is more prestigious these days! oh and bring me another Pina Colada would you”. Sadly at that point the alarm clock went off and I woke up. And it was raining. Wouldn’t that be a great excuse though? A girl can dream!
Lots has been happening, (in the real world) it was fantastic to see so many of you at the Show of Hands, Tower Theatre gig, isn’t it a great venue! Ignore the barbed wire and nettles. Actually I think it adds to the character of the place and I just love the fact that a once proud and noble building has had new life breathed into it and a chance to once again be a place of worship - albeit a different sort. Thanks to everyone who came and to the friendly team who are running the place. We hope to use it again in the future. Steve Phil and Miranda were brilliant as usual, enhanced by some superb lighting from James. I thought it was quite a subdued set for them but appropriate for the location and the theme of the tour. I like how they got right amongst the audience. Mick has written a detailed review which will be on the website shortly.
It was good to see some new faces as well as the faithful turn out for CQ at the Festival Club too. What an evening that was, I can’t describe it, it was indescribable. I just enjoy watching the expressions on the audience’s faces turn from bemusement to tears of laughter and amazement. Great sound and atmosphere and performance of course from the whole band.
Right whats coming up then. There are now less than a quarter of the seats left for the Karine Polwart Trio concert next Sunday so please let me know if you’d like to come. They are £15 or £13 for concessions. This is a rare chance to see one of Scotlands finest singer songwriters down here in the far southeast so don’t let it pass, she is brilliant. I really like her attitude to her business, she believes in the Show of Hands’ ‘hands on’ approach to her music and career and is the sweetest person.

More about Karine.........
“Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism. Twice winner of “Best Original Song” at the UK-wide BBC Folk Awards, she continues to wonder at the homes her many poignant songs find for themselves:
“The most beautiful things about songs is how they can take on a life of their own and assume all kinds of really particular meanings for different folks. I'm constantly moved and amazed by the deeply personal experiences people let me in on to me as a result of hearing them”. A former children's rights worker, and driven by a strong sense of social justice, Karine allows images, narratives, questions and wry comic asides do much of her work. She tries never to say too much. And whether it's the dilemmas of modern parenthood, the unsettling kindness of lies, or the resilience of hope, she admits most of her songs are an attempt to make sense of the fact that “there are people in this world who don't think like you do” (as she herself sings in 2006 song “Daisy”). All of which is precisely the kind of sideways, allegorical approach to contemporary living that you might expect from someone with a Masters degree in philosophy.”
Me again...And what’s more, and the reviews rarely say this, ..... she has a lovely lovely voice, very pure and clear and honest.
The concert is at the Steiner School Theatre, Garlinge Green, a bit remote but worth the effort. It is a proper little theatre, very rustic and cosy, you will be amazed. You can approach it either from the A28 to Ashford (turn left up through Shalmsford Street and up on to the Chartham Downs road, then look for a right turn to Garlinge Green. Or head out of Canterbury on Stone Street , turn right just past the Granville pub at Lower Hardes, on to the Chartham Downs road, then look out for a left turn to Garlinge Green. Once on the little lane to Garlinge Green look for a right turn to The Steiner School and follow that round and down to the car park. Or if you have SAT NAV its CT4 5RU or click here for a map.
Ring or email me if you'd still like to come. 01227 831493

A request! Would anyone that is coming to see Karine and would be driving from or through Canterbury be willing to give a lift to a couple who would need picking up from St Stephens Road, near Canterbury West Station. Let me know if you can help.

For all Fibbers participants, the next one is next Monday usual venue, ring me if interested.
Other concerts.........

There is a fundraising concert run by Friends of St Giles Church in Kingston, being held at the Kingston Barn on Saturday 22nd November. Local singer songwriter Sarah Reed who supported Paul Downes for us a few years ago, will be performing. Bring your own supper and drink and make up tables of 8. Ring Maureen for more info on 01227 831738
Megson are at the Zebra Bar in Maidstone on Monday 17th, you may remember they did an amazing job standing in for Dave Swarbrick at the ill fated Lazarus concert a few years ago, and were fantastic. They will be back to play for Folk in the Barn next Spring but in the meantime you can see them in Maidstone in a few weeks.
Faversham Folk club have Attila the Stockbroker on 19th November.
The Oysterband are at the Marlowe on the 23rd

St Agnes Fountain are in Canterbury for Folk in the Barn on Sunday 7th but there are only 20 tickets left for that now.
Oh and lastly, you may know already but the one and only Richard Thompson will be at the Marlowe Theatre on 1st Feb, thanks to Andy for the heads up on that one.
I think I'd better stop now or you’ll lose the will to live. And if you got this far, thanks!
keep safe and warm


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