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Presented by Folk in the Barn, in association with Gulbenkian

Now as much an essential part of the build up to Christmas as the local Village Christmas Bazaar or the pre-cooking of the sprouts!

The Albion Christmas Show is a very popular show appealing to all ages. The tour sells out all over the country for the two weeks leading up to Christmas every year. Described in the Guardian as “the perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas”.

Expect an evening of traditional English Christmas music, humourous stories and beautiful, spine-tingling Christmas carols and ballads sung by Kellie While and Simon Nicol.

After weeks of the usual Christmas shopping playlists, we can guarantee no mention of Wham, Mariah or Slade! Founding member and bassist Ashley Hutchings is joined by fellow original bandmates – Fairport Convention’s own Simon Nicol on acoustic guitar and vocals, Simon Care on melodeons, and the ‘honey drenched’ divine vocals of one of the UK’s best folk singers, Kellie While.

“I’ve seen a lot of different Albion Xmas shows (first was in 1984, as I recall) and last night’s has to be counted alongside the very best (which was the Lesurf, Morter, Beer incarnation in my opinion). That was so good, and I never expected you to equal it: last night you did – for different reasons…but from start to finish it was splendid – an opinion shared by many local friends who were also there.” Nigel Schofield

“Kellie – Your singing wasn’t just a performance – it was a complete vocal master class. Totally effortless. You’re one of a very few singers who can take an Alan Hull song and make it a million times better than the original. The late Lesley Duncan achieved that with her version of ‘Walk in the Sea’ and you absolutely smashed ‘Winter Song’. I come along to the Christmas Albion tours every year and you really do excel.” anon

Part of Gulbenkian Christmas Season 2021

Covid Safety Measures

For this event, we are putting in place specific covid measures to give you and you fellow audience members greater reassurance.  Evidence of Double Vaccination or a negative Lateral Flow Test taken on the day of the event will be required to gain access to the event.  For more information please see our Visit with Confidence webpage.

This event is part of

Christmas Season 2021

Fri 3 - Thu 23 December 2021
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The Albion Christmas Band

Sat 18 December

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The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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