Line UP 2017
Saturday 30 December 7.30pm
It's been more than thirty years since Eric Martin fell into the Cajun pot. Born in 1959, he started violin at the age of 17 and then learned the melodeon in 1979. He stayed in Louisiana in '79, '80, and 1998, where he met the principal Cajun musicians of the period:. Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy, D.L.Menard, Sady Courville and Denis McGee with whom he performed in many dance halls around the area.. Before joining Vermenton Plage in 1983, Eric performed in France under his own name and with several bands and has recorded several tracks on an album with the French singer Hugues Auffray.
The band plays music rooted deep in the Cajun culture and in their hands old songs are brought back to life. The group doesn't play this music in a sophisticated way, what counts is the emotion and the force that it releases. The musicians, Eric Martin on accordion, violin, lapsteel and vocals, Isabelle Martin on violin and vocals, Gurvan Martin on violin and vocals, Guillaume Martin on bass and vocals, Kenan Martin on drums bring their own sensitivity on how to interpret the songs, giving them a unique and intense sound.
This family play strong and from the heart, full of Cajun soul and energy, Eric is a master accordion player and as much like the real deal as any you'll find outside the prairies and bayous. We are delighted he is back performing on stage and so pleased to have his band playing at The Cajunbarn for our Nearly New Years do..
Contact Lynne and Steve 01892 533493 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.cajunbarn.co.uk Tickets on the door
Thurs 15 Feb 2018 - 7.30pm £10
Bigfoot : Rhys Jones fiddle, vocals
In 2010, Bigfoot burst upon the old-time music scene, which is to say, they formed as a band, won the traditional band contest at Clifftop, and caused people to look up and say, "Wow, they're really good." (Okay, so old-time musicians aren't all masters of rhetorical effusion.) Of course, individually, these musicians had already shown themselves for years to be talented, accomplished, and fun to accept a free beer from. Their combination of two fiddles, guitar, banjo and bass is the best old-time string band sound, especially for dancing. The vocals are spot on, beautiful harmonies, . These folks give an equally wonderful and authentic old-time flavour to the songs they perform We are immensely lucky to have Bigfoot do a show for us..it's going to be one of those wonderful, memorable evenings, highly recommended.
Support band. Local band The Kitchen Pickers will be playing Cajun and Old Time in the bar before the gig
Tables, chairs, dance floor and full bar.
Contact Lynne and Steve 01892 533493 or email@example.com www.cajunbarn.co.uk
Sunday 4 March 6.30pm £10
The Forum Tunbridge Wells, voted NME's best independent music venue, with Cajunbarn present Sarah Savoy's Cajun Raunchy Tonk. Born and raised on the bayous and prairies of Louisiana Sarah belts out sassy blues, growls through honky-tonk-inspired Cajun, country & rockabilly songs of the 1940s and 50s, and wails the bitterness of some of Cajun music’s most forlorn waltzes. Sarah and her band will be kicking up the dust for this special gig at The Forum.
The Queen of White Trash Cajun"--fROOTS Advance tickets £10 at https://www.twforum.co.uk/events/2018-03-04-cajun-barn-presents-sarah-savoys-cajun-raunchy-tonk-the-forum
We're really chuffed to be working with The Forum, it's a great venue and we really need you to support this gig especially so that we can present more great bands. Please spread the word, it's going to be a great gig!
Tunbridge Wells Forum, The Common, London Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8YU
Fri 23 March 7.30 £10 donation to the band
"...The best folk band you've never heard of!" say The Guardian.
A passionately ramshackle quintet, playing their own brand of "triumphant folk" while journeying up and down the country in a vintage Renault 4! Recently seen supporting young troubadour Johnny Flynn and folk legend Steve Tilston, They have played such a variety of gigs; from festival main stages to the tiniest alcove of an old pub, The Tate Gallery to the corner of an old barn with holes in the roof. They treat each 'giggle' with the same gusto and aim to make people smile and bounce!
Up close and personal, this house gig promises a great show and huge fun. A rare chance to see The Odd Folk before their European tour.
Tickets are a donation to the band, suggested £10. BYO drinks, free tea and coffee. Contact us on 01892 533493 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 14 April 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00 in advance
Vera van Heeringen’s debut album, Standing Tall, was released in 2012 and marked a change of direction after nearly five years of touring as part of the brilliantly comedic New Rope String Band. With influences firmly rooted across the Atlantic, Vera writes soulful songs and tunes with lyrics and delivery speaking straight to - and from - the heart. A highly skilled instrumentalist, she has long been recognised for her graceful yet gutsy guitar playing. In 2015 Vera released her second album, Proper Brew, which features a list of musicians who share her musical aesthetic, including Tim O’Brien, Dirk Powell, Rayna Gellert and Kris Drever. A third album is upcoming.
It’s unusual to find someone who’s as good a songwriter as an instrumentalist, who brings the guitar to life in way that is entirely her own.
Currently Vera tours with a solid acoustic trio compromising harmony king Dave Luke on guitar, vocals and mandolin. Dave has been the backbone of many hard working country bands and toured extensively with Nashville singer songwriter Gail Davies, playing the likes of the Grand Ole Opry. On double bass she’s got record producer extraordinaire Andy Seward. Andy was part of folk superstar Kate Rusby’s band as well as working with Eddi Reader, Richard Thompson and Andy Cutting. He currently plays with Martin Simpson and Brooks Williams.
"She can play anything with strings, write fine songs and sing them too. Go see her play live... Tim O'Brien
‘Come the day if we need a reason to stay in Europe play this CD. This lady oozes class’ John Atkins, fRoots
Tickets in advance are £12, please send a cheque made to The Cajunbarn, 12 Rusthall Park ,TN4 8NP . Include a stamped addressed envelop and they'll be with you by return of post. By bank transfer..easy! give us a call on : 01892 533493.