From: Folk in the Barn [debs_at_folkinthebarn_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 11 January 2010 18:20
Subject: Who sang 'Let it Snow' ??

Hello and Happy Snowy New Year
Well that's another festive season done and dusted, hope you all had a happy time. We can now pack away the tinsel and look ahead to the promise of good times to come .... ice, snow, thermal underwear! Secretly I'm very relieved I didn't get round to organising a gig in January, lets hope by Feb we'll all be able to get to places again.
Firstly a quick note re Fibbers tonight - it's postponed until next Monday - the 18th - when we will be meeting at the Black Robin Inn, Kingston, for a sing and a drink and maybe a nibble! All welcome - 7.30pm onwards.
Thanks for all the cards and Christmas wishes, the general opinion seems to be to keep on doing this because you're enjoying it so far! I've worried that it's hard to keep up the high standards of the gigs, as they have all been outstanding, but with the Spring line-up and what's being booked for next Autumn already, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
There's been a great early response to all the concerts that recently opened for booking. Thanks to you and to Radio 2 selecting Beth Nielsen Chapman's new single as their single of the week, ( did any of you hear it?) tickets for Beth are selling swiftly, nearly a third gone already. Also tickets for Martyn Joseph in March - half of them have sold plus there are only 13 spaces left on the workshop with people coming from all over the UK and Holland and Germany for that, as well as locally.
Meanwhile our first gig of the new season is the wonderful rousing folky boy-band Mawkin:Causley. I'm hoping that those of you who love 'proper' folk music, played with youthful spirit and attitude, by excellent young musicians while fronted by charismatic and handsome Jim Causley, (worth the ticket price alone - believe me) will come along and support their first visit to Folk in the Barn, at the cosy Whitstable Playhouse, on St Valentines Day - Feb 14th. Any English teachers out there who think that sentence is far too long - yes it is a bit, sorry.

"Not many bands can lay claim to being nominated for a prestigious BBC Folk Award, before they’ve even released an album but Mawkin:Causley can. Mawkin:Causley are brothers James and David Delarre, Danny Crump, Alex Goldsmith (all previously known as Mawkin) and widely acclaimed Devon singer, Jim Causley (Previously known as Jim Causley and in bands -Under One Sky / Devil's Interval).
With a heady mix of richly melodic vocals, melodeons, electric bass and acoustic guitar, they breathe youthful vigour and considerable energy into their folk- inspired music.
As a testament to the impact they have made in a very short time, after less than 18 months together, not only were Mawkin:Causley nominated as BEST GROUP at the BBC Folk Awards 2009 but their music has appeared frequently on Radio 2, with a seal of approval from Bob Harris and Mike Harding, but also from the station usually more at home with indie rock artists, 6Music. They have been nominated again for the 2010 folk awards - Best Group and Best traditional track.
Despite this debut bringing together influences on the band from around the globe (there are continental twists, rhythms that hint at reggae and far from conventional instrumentation), their debut album ‘The Awkward Recruit’(Navigator) is ultimately an exuberant exploration of traditional English fare.
Fantastically original, Mawkin:Causley have, between them played over 50 UK festivals and have supported a range of well-regarded artists including Eliza Carthy, Show of Hands, Billy Bragg, Mr Scruff and more besides.
With Jim Causley's rich voice, charismatic stage presence and a rare ability to shift between melodrama and great subtlety, in a heartbeat, this barn-storming band have been getting noticed on a much wider scale throughout 2009."

If any of you got the new Show of Hands album in your Christmas stocking and are enjoying track 4 - The Napoli, about the shipwreck at Branscombe, the voices on there that are neither Steve or Phil belong to .... Yes Mawkin:Causley. The great SOH think they're special enough to invite on their record and to their festival (twice!) and so do I. And Jim Causley is hilarious - did I mention that! You'll have a good giggle I promise. So come please and bring lots of friends. Mawkin:Causley (MC for short now because my fingers are aching) will be supported by a very intriguing musician - Billy Irvine. Billy plays Guitar, Stomp box, didgeredoo and sings all at the same time - Yes he does! If you don't believe me - come and see for yourself.
Tickets for this one a mere £12 from the Whitstabubble Playhouse box office on 01227 272042 or book online at It's a perfect Valentines gift for your music loving partner - and why not treat yourselves to some famous Whitstable Oysters first to get you both in the mood for er....... a knees up (nudge nudge wink wink)

If you really want to spoil yourselves in February (and what else is there to do in Feb?) As well as coming to see MC, you have the opportunity to see and hear one of the worlds most sensitive, creative and emotionally connecting singer songwriters - the one and only Beth Nielsen Chapman. Someone from Sandwich rang me for tickets last week, they'd looked on her website to get the number for her London or Brighton gigs, thinking they'd have to travel to see her, and couldn't believe their eyes that she was coming to just down the road. I love that story. It is unbelievable, its a bit like Elvis coming to the Barn - that would be a miracle! It's a stunning venue, don't think church - uncomfortable pews. Its an Arts Centre and has upholstered seats, and heating, and a bar, so all modern comforts provided.

Sunday 14th February - The Playhouse Whitstable Tickets £12 from the Playhouse 01227 272042 or book online at

Beth Nielsen Chapman
Tuesday 16th February - St Mary's Church, Strand Street, Sandwich tickets £24 / £22 from me by email

Full details at

ColvinQuarmby have been nominated Best Live Act and Best Group in the Hancocks (Alternative Folk Awards on Talkawhile) If you want to vote for them or any of the other nominees of course (including MC!) - now's your chance.

Lastly - I need to buy a new computer - this one's full up! Any recommendations? I don't know where to start. and...
Even lastlier - a good friend of mine is starting a new funky folky dance band and needs a brilliant name for it - any suggestions for that? The winner gets a free ticket to their first gig.


Debs Earl

07799 790 738
18 Derringstone Downs, Barham
Canterbury, Kent CT4 6QE

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