In association with Gulbenkian, presented by Folk in the Barn

We are sorry that because of the COVID pandemic this event has been cancelled. If you are a ticket holder you will be contacted by our team with the offer of a voucher of a refund.

Hailing from Barnsley Rock City in t’North, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive, they have a talent for Bar-Stewardizing other famous people’s songs with new comedy lyrics, on acoustic geetar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, keyboard, keytar and the world’s first synthesizer ukulele. To complete their squeaky-clean image, brothers-from-other-mothers Scott, Björn and Alan have become instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish choice of knitwear.

A band that is both perpetually on the move and joyously independent, since forming in 2006, they have played over 1000 side-splitting shows to date, and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple and from Glasgow to Glastonbury Festival. They continue to wow audiences with their anarchic live shows and a fine selection of their greatest hits, including the likes of “Jump Ararnd”, “The Lady In Greggs”, “How Deep Is Your Glove?”, “Nandos”, “Paint ’em Back”, “Walking In Manp**s” and “If I Could Punch A Face… It’d Be Justin Bieber’s”.

Over the past few years, every night on their annual Winter Woollies Tour has sold out. They can’t wait to return to Canterbury, and promise that they WILL rock you… but gently.

This event is part of

Folk in the Barn Series

Tue 24 November 2020
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The Gulbenkian reviews

“The best thing to come out of Barnsley, since the A61 to Sheffield”

Jarvis Cocker, Pulp

“Some of the funniest men on the planet... parodists extraordinaire”

Mike Harding, Comedian, Folk Musician & Broadcaster

“Loved The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican. Great fun!”

Jason Manford, Comedian

“A ridiculous family of genius, hilarious, irresistible music makers, currently crowd-surfing to the bar and beyond”

Eliza Carthy MBE, Folk Musician

“They deserve the reputation they have earned as one of the festival scene's hottest bookings”

UK Festival Guides (Review)

“Like The Barron Knights - on speed!”

The Staffordshire Sentinel

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