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Live Music coming up

27 Jun 2022

We have a busy autumn of live music offer for you – including some of the biggest names across rock, folk and classical.

Fri 9 Sep, 7.30pm

Cara Dillon

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has, according to Mojo magazine “Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”.

Fri 30 Sep, 8pm

Penguin Cafe: A Matter of Life…

Avant-pop from musician, composer, and producer Arthur Jeffes and his Penguin Cafe ensemble, performing music from their april 2022 rerelease ‘A Matter of Life…’ record and back catalogue favourites.

Sat 1 Oct, 8pm

Estuary Sound Ark

This special event from Matthew Herbert’s Radiophonic Institute is the culmination of a yearlong exploration of the sounds of the Thames Estuary. An ambitious and adventurous collaborative sound work made through collecting public submissions from across the area.

Sat 8 Oct, 8pm

Valentin Clastrier (Hurdy Gurdy) & Evan Parker (Soprano Saxophone)

Enjoy the talents of two master musicians as theycome together for this very special event.‘Living legend’ Valentin Clastrier is considered theinventor of the modern hurdy-gurdy which, in hishands, creates a magical and virtuoso universe.

Sat 15 Oct, 7.30pm

John Woolrich & The Benyounes Quartet: In Darkness Let Me Dwell

John Woolrich’s music – played live by the Benyounes Quartet – is coupled with specially created visual responses by international artists and filmmakers.

Sun 16 Oct, 7.30pm

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes return for their sixth visit to Folk in the Barn, we love their melodic, dreamy-folky grooves. 2022 sees Turin Brakes release their ninth studio album – Wide-Eyed Nowhere.

Tue 18 Oct, 8pm

Ladysmith Black Mambazo + Muntu Valdo

South African vocal powerhouse play their first UK tour for many years. Since they shot to global stardom on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, Mambazo have been recognised as one of the world’s great vocal groups.

Wed 19 Oct, 8pm

Bollywood Brass Band + Special Guests

Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style brass band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood.

Fri 21 Oct, 8pm

Roger Eno

Roger Eno’s discography spans over three decades and 25 albums of work, both solo and collaborative (involving John Cale and others) where minimal piano compositions evolve through chamber music, folk, the traditional and the neo-classical.

Mon 31 Oct, 7.30pm

Beth Nielsen Chapman – CrazyTown

Get ready to laugh and cry and, well, just fasten your seat belt. One thing you can count on is one great song after another and some fascinating stories woven between them.

Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm

Shirley Collins and the Lodestar Band

Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the 1960’s Folk Revival, recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses.

Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm

The Brighton Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble with Joanna MacGregor

Music Director Joanna MacGregor, violinist Ruth Rogers and Brighton Philharmonic’s star players come together in two richly-curated chamber programmes.

Mon 31 Oct, 7.30pm

Los Pacaminos

Placing themselves squarely in the Americana genre that is fast gaining popularity, Los Pacaminos must be the first Tex-Mex band to have formed in the UK.

Sat 19 Nov, 8pm

Maggie Nicols & the Free Range Orchestra

Maggie Nicols will lead the orchestra in a series of adventurous and playful group improvisations in this final concert of Free Range’s 10th anniversary year!

Mon 21 Nov, 8pm

Michael Gira (Swans) & Kristof Hahn

Michael Gira founded the seminal NYC band SWANS in 1982. Quickly infamous for their punishing, brutal and repetitive onslaughts of sound, SWANS gradually transformed over 15 years through proto-industrial rock, to gentle acoustic-based songs.

Wed 23 Nov, 7.30pm


One of Britain’s most innovative and thrilling bands will showcase their critically acclaimed new album Kistvaen. Recorded just before the pandemic, live performances of the album were suspended… until now.

Fri 25 Nov, 8pm

An Evening with Cowboy Junkies

Unlike most long-lasting groups, Cowboy Junkies have never had a break up or taken a sanity-saving hiatus. There’s an appreciation of each other that keeps them constantly working. “It’s that intimacy and understanding of what each one of us brings to the table.”

Sat 17 Dec, 7.30pm

Albion Christmas Band

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

Fri 10 Feb 2023, 7.30pm

The Marian Consort Singing in Secret

The Marian Consort shares heartfelt music that takes you on a journey of devotion. Composer William Byrd, who lived in the turbulent religious and social climate of Renaissance England, expressed through coded terms his solidarity with the oppressed, writing music of beauty, power, and surprising delicacy.

Sun 26 Mar 2023, 7.30pm

Martin Simpson

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

Sat 27 May 2023, 7pm

The Bauhaus Band and Singers with Marc Almond and John Harle

The Bauhaus was one of the most potent forces that shaped the cultural world as we now experience it. We can renew our sense of experimentation, artistic process and creativity in 2023 by reinterpreting the cultural landscapes that formed the Weimar Renaissance and The Bauhaus.


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

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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