From: Folk in the Barn [debs_at_folkinthebarn_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 17 December 2011 19:46
Subject: Merry Christmas from Folk in the Barn..

Hello and Christmassy Greetings to you all Well here we are nearly at the end of the year with just one gig to go - tomorrow night with our long time favourite - Martyn Joseph. What a way to end an amazing year of music. Too many highlights to list and impossible to choose a favourite - they have all been amazing. The Aggies were fantastic as usual and really put us all in the Christmas Spirit. Thanks to all of you who have come along and supported the concerts and helped keep this thing going and growing. And thanks to those of you who have dragged along friends and helped to grow the support. We couldn't do it without you - and wouldn't want to. I really look forward to seeing you all, so many of you have become friends now and every evening has such a lovely warmth, I'm on a high for days afterwards. I'd also like to thank everyone that has helped this year, to my faithful regular team Lynette Underwood and Mick O'Rourke and all other helpers - Helen, Rosie, Pete and Sue who run the bars, to Phil and Katherine Wilson at Independent Music Productions - who do a great job providing PA and sound, and to Joe Passey at Wincheap Guest House for providing artist accommodation. They are all fab and work really hard to help produce a great night out for everyone. I'd also like to thank all the musicians who have played this year - especially Luke Jackson who has literally grown before our eyes into an astonishing young performer. It's a pleasure and a privilege to work with all of you.

I promise I will try to continue to keep the standard of music as high as it's been and keep providing much needed opportunities for these wonderful musicians to share their talents. I don't know about you but I feel privileged to be part of their world - its certainly where the best music is - not on the tele or radio - but that makes it even more special somehow, like it's our secret! But we musn't keep it to ourselves - please keep spreading the word so that more people can get the same enjoyment we do. So many people when they come along for the first time, say they had no idea this world existed, or that 'Folk music' was as cool as this! I'm sure there's many more out there who would love it if they knew about it, and the more support there is, the better for everyone.

Anyway -it must be Christmas... I'm getting all sentimental - I should stop - there's business to attend to (and I don't want to miss the Strictly final!!)
Firstly - there are a few returns for tomorrow night if anyone would like them, email me tonight or tomorrow morning - or ring 01227 831493 and I'll reserve them for you. We've got two pairs and a three, so if you fancy a great night out at short notice or know anyone that might - let me know. St Gregory's Centre for music - doors 7.15pm for 8pm - the Welsh Springsteen - Martyn Joseph supported by Luke Jackson - I'll resell the returns for cost price £16, and there'll be a few more on the door for £17.
I had my first Christmas parcel arrive yesterday - sadly it wasn't chocolates - instead it was the newly printed tickets for the Spring season - hooray! I'm therefore thrilled to announce that booking is now OPEN for the following concerts....

Reg Meuross
Our good friend Reg up close and cosy at new venue - The Black Robin. Sunday 15th January The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury £11
Ďtop-notch UK Americana featuring tight 4-piece harmoniesí Simon Mayo. Recommended by Bob Harris - sold out last time and were awesome - back at bigger venue this time with room for dancing (as well as seats) Saturday 4th Feb The Chapel, Christ Church Uni £12/ £8 students
Phil Beer
The one and only supported by The Scarlet Jacks Saturday 18th Feb The Playhouse, Whitstable £13

Haunting, spiritual, moving, celtic prog rock Thurs 1st March The Chapel, Christ Church Uni £14/ £10 students

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
The beautiful sultry voice of Kathryn accompanied by Seanís dextrous guitar Saturday 10th March The Kingston Barn £12

Beatles Blues and Blue Violin
Back by popular demand a great show with THE Mik Kaminski of ELO Friday 6th April The Kingston Barn £13

All are available to book online at Wegottickets. Beatles Blues etc has only just been sent so it may take 24 hours to be ready. I've been working hard to get the website updated as well with full details and video clips if you want to take a look

Most of you know we really enjoy putting on cosy intimate gigs in smaller venues, but we've decided it might be nice to go 'even cosier' and have invited our good friend Reg Meuross to be our guinea pig for this experiment - and happily he's agreed. Our first event is just a month away - 15th January (my birthday!) at the Black Robin Inn, Kingston. And as it's a winter Sunday we're going to start earlier than usual - doors 6pm music starting at 6.30pm so we can finish early - approx 8.30 - 8.45pm so everyone can get home at a reasonable time ready for Monday morning. There will be a light bite menu available if you want to eat first you can, the bar will be open. There are only 50 tickets available for this concert so be quick if you want to reserve yours.

That's it for now - see some of you tomorrow night - the rest of you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and see you in 2012.

Best wishes


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