Revelation St Mary’s. Live music in Ashford.

Welcome to this extraordinary venue and our programme of world-class, adventurous and uplifting music at St Mary’s – Ashford town centre’s award winning venue offering a series of quality events in an intimate and awe-inspiring setting.


“Ashford has a truly awesome, ‘up there with the best of them’ venue at Revelation St Mary’s. It’s intimate, epic, atmospheric and sounds amazing. I programme international artists and creative projects that have the community at their core. As an artist, I work with musicians from all walks of life and on all kinds of stages – from Glastonbury to Glyndebourne. That 360-degree, all-embracing attitude is at the heart of this programme. Here at Revelation St Mary’s we’re not breaking down barriers – we don’t see any.

So come – see and hear some of the world’s finest artists in this venue that brings out the best in everyone, both audiences and performers. Whether it’s at our ‘up close and personal’ Sunday afternoon Fireside series offering musical revelations and a cuppa, or on stage as part of one of our inspiring Big Reveal projects, Revelation St Mary’s is bringing you unforgettable performers and performances at amazing prices right on your doorstep.”

Matthew Sharp – Creative Director


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Ashford’s music and arts venue

Revelation St Mary’s is Ashford’s music and arts venue, delivered by the St Mary’s Arts Trust. Since 2011, we have worked hard to establish a centre of excellence for the arts in the town. We now embark upon stage 2 of our mission to be a beacon for the arts, to which Ashford’s growing community can come together and experience high quality performance and exhibition.

We at Soundcraft are happy to be a ticket outlet for the fantastic events being held at St Mary’s church in Ashford.



Click on the links below to find out more, book tickets or contact us to check availability.



Made In Kent


Friday 22nd July 2016
7:45pm to 10:30pm (Doors 7.00pm)


General Admission: £8.50/£12.50 (door)         Under 16s: £4.50/£8.50 (door)

Revelation takes this opportunity to celebrate past and future artists by creating a line-up that features a cross-section of the unique and diverse talents of Kent performers in anticipation of Create Music Festival.

Empathy Test

Since Empathy Test’s conception in January 2013, the unsigned electronic pop duo has produced two stunning, four-track EPs: Losing Touch (Feb. 2014) and Throwing Stones (Dec. 2014), which have won them both critical acclaim and a legion of dedicated fans worldwide. Their music has been featured by the likes of MTV’s Catfish, XFM, KCRW, BBC Introducing, Clash, Idolator, Earmilk, PopMatters and many more. Empathy Test is childhood friends Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production). They grew up in Kent before moving to London, where they are working on their début album and preparing for a European tour in September.

Empathy Test


Phoebe Warden

Phoebe Warden is a 21 year old Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent. Phoebe’s writing draws on her electic influences, from classic Motown, through Joni Mitchell to Joan Armatrading and Fleetwood Mac producing songs of a maturity that belies her years and captivate audiences with their lyrics and melody.

Phoebe Warden



O MATÆUS is a 20 year old singer-songwriter born and raised in Canterbury. After being a cathedral chorister between the ages of 7 and 13, it was soon obvious that music was the only way forward. Songs contain personal notes to himself, and recount stories and emotions of times and people gone past with a mixture of nostalgia and a harrowing sadness. Having been performing his own songs for only 8 months he has been featured on Dover Community Radio, the Songwriters’ Showcase and has been seen alongside Eden Circle, who are both old friends and old band-mates. After leaving the band in the summer of 2015, O MATÆUS gave himself time to focus on his own songwriting and performing style. Expect soaring falsetto lines, simple yet intricate guitar licks and a wide variety of images portrayed by his lyrics; he wants to make you feel something, and if you listen carefully he’ll do just that.

Create Festival


Official Facebook event page


Voice with Matt Haimovitz: If Music be the Food of Love


Saturday 6th August 2016
7:45pm to 9:30pm (Doors 7.00pm)

General Admission: £12/£15 (door)         Under 16s: £6/£8 (door)

Spellbinding vocal trio Voice with US Cellist star Matt Haimovitz come to Revelation St Mary’s with an intoxicating programme of music new and old, exploring the beauty, heartache, and humour of love. All-girl trio, Voice, also look at the extraordinary role of women in music – as composers, performers and muses.

The concert includes Shakespearean song (in honour of the 400th anniversary of his death), medieval music, folksong arrangements from the UK and Ireland, and contemporary repertoire including a set of newly commissioned works by British composers – Stevie Wishart, Helen Chadwick, Emily Levy, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, and Marcus Davidson.

Voice are joined by the award-winning cellist, Matt Haimovitz, presenting the UK premiere of a new work for solo cello, ‘Es War’, by American composer David Sanford, commissioned as an overture to Bach’s Cello Suite V.

“A beautiful performance which lifts you out of the performance space & into the world of Voice – mesmerizing.” Sara Mohr-Pietsch – BBC Radio 3 [Voice]

“fresh and really rather beautiful” Andrew McGregor – BBC Radio 3 [Voice]

“This ferociously talented cellist brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles.” The New York Times [Matt Haimovitz]

“Powerful, traditional vocal harmonies” The Musician, Journal of the Musicians’ Union [Voice]

“I love performing with singers as I rarely get a change to work with words” Matt Haimovitz



Matt Haimovitz


Bush Gothic + Support


Saturday 20th August 2016
7:30pm to 10:30pm (Doors 7.00pm)


General Admission: £18/£20 (door)         Under 16s: £5/£7 (door)

Rattled by the bones of convicts and steeped in campfire smoke, Bush Gothic perform darker, stranger Australian folk. Defiantly modern, achingly old, this most daring of Australian bush bands perform songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold.

The Guardian described band leader Jenny M. Thomas as an ‘Edgy rising folk star’ and together with double bassist Dan Witton and drummer Chris Lewis they are touring the UK to celebrate the release of their new album The Natural Selection Australian Songbook. Live concerts in Australian gaols, concert halls and goldfields have been reviewed as ‘outstanding’ and ‘mesmerising…utterly riveting’.

All three members of the band have toured the world with a long list of internationally acclaimed music and theatre ensembles including Circus Oz and The Australian Opera but this is the first time they bring Bush Gothic to England.

Support act to be announced.

‘Imagining life without her music and its surprises is too bleak to even think about. Jenny M. Thomas is that transformative an artist.’fRoots

‘If I get three musical discoveries of this calibre out of the hundreds of new musical experiences that come my way annually, I count myself blessed.’JAZZWISE

‘Bold, inspired and beautiful in its intensity, Thomas, plus two, have taken the foundations of a folk library and built a new architecture. Bush Gothic takes your breath away.’The National Times

Official website


Official Facebook event page


John Coghlan’s Quo


Saturday 24th September 2016
7:30pm to 10:30pm (Doors 7.00pm)

General Admission: £16.50/£19.50 (door)

Right Track Music are pleased to welcome back John Coghlan and his band to Ashford.

John is Status Quo’s original drummer from the early days in 1962 and for twenty years of hits and tours until 1981; he then appeared on both sell-out Quo Frantic Four Reunion Tours in 2013 and 2014. He now plays with his own 4-piece band, recreating the Quo sounds from the early years.

The show is a must for all 70’s music fans and Quo fans alike. Having had a scorching reception last year in the area, we are very pleased to bring John & his band Revelation St Mary’s.

Official website – John Coghlan


Right Track Music


Jon Boden + Support


Saturday 12th November 2016
7:45pm to 10:30pm (Doors 7.00pm)

General Admission: £18/£20 (door)         Under 16s: £14/£16 (door)

Jon Boden is best known as the lead singer and main arranger of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead. After twelve years, a quarter of a million album sales, seven singles on the Radio 2 playlist and selling out hundreds of venues throughout the land and beyond, including notably the Royal Albert Hall, Jon is launching his first ever solo tour.

2006 saw the release of his solo album Painted Lady (to be re-released with new bonus tracks in 2016 to mark the album’s tenth anniversary) followed by the critically lauded Songs From The Floodplain which led to him being named Folk Singer of The Year at the 2009 BBC Folk Awards, and has toured several times since then with his own band The Remnant Kings.

The show promises to incorporate elements from the wide creative span of his career – from the self-penned pop songs of Painted Lady, to the funked-up power-pop arrangements of folk songs that characterised Bellowhead and Spiers; Boden, to the post-Apocalyptic song-world of Songs From The Floodplain, to unaccompanied ballads as featured on his mammoth A Folk Song A Day project in which he recorded and released 365 folk songs in one year across 2010-2011.

Widely respected as an interpreter of traditional song, the solo shows will also showcase Jon’s instrumental talents on fiddle, guitar and concertina, as well as his trademark ‘stompbox’ which he and John Spiers introduced into to the world of traditional music in 2001. It will be an intimate insight into a man of many and various talents and promises to take the audience deeper into the song worlds of traditional music and of his own songwriting.

Jon Boden



Official Facebook Event


A Day’s Work


Saturday 26th November 2016
7:45pm to 10:30pm (Doors 7.00pm)


General Admission: £14 / £17 (door)         Under 16s: £5 / £8 (door)

A Day’s Work is a touring show featuring folk song, music and story and telling a tale of hope and courage.

On the eve of The Great War a group of lifelong friends gather to discuss the impending conflict. Farm labourers and performers in the village mummers’ play: will they leave their traditions behind them and answer the call? What awaits them as the fighting moves remorselessly towards the Battle of the Somme?

Acclaimed on the folk scene and beyond when first performed in 1995, ‘A Day’s Work’ is now re-written for The Great War Centenary with newly-composed songs and a cast of multi-talented and highly respected performers.

The show features well known folk musicians and singers, Mick Ryan, Paul Downes, Pete Morton, Greg Russell, Ciaran Algar, Matt Quin, and Heather Bradford.

 ‘..a very moving performance, where the impact of the well written and impeccably sung songs combined to create something very special’  Living Tradition

‘Another magnificent album from the pen of Mick Ryan. Absolutely fabulous.’Albion and Beyond (Little Rock, Arkansas)

‘Is there room for another World War One album? Yes, if it is as powerful and driect as ‘A Day’s Work’ Bright Young Folk

‘Every artist involved shines…A fantastic album’ Paul Radcliffe – English Folk Dance & Song Society

‘..a fantastically moving piece of work’ Ian Croft – R2

‘Another classic. A super album’ Dereck Gifford – Folk North West


Tenterden Folk Festival


Official Website – ‘A Day’s Work’

Facebook – ‘A Day’s Work’


Chris Wood


Friday 2nd December 2016
8:00pm to 10:30pm (Doors 7.30pm)


General Admission: £16 / £19 (door)         Under 16s: £5 / £8 (door)

Critically acclaimed folk music sensation Chris Wood performs at Revelation on Friday 2nd December, performing music from his forthcoming 2016 album. With insight and artistry, he intelligently weaves traditional styles with his own contemporary parables.

Chris Wood is an uncompromising songwriter, ‘speech master’, composer, multi-instrumentalist and all-round musician, who has collaborated with the likes of Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Joan Armatrading, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler to name a few!
Wood’s numerous accolades include being a six-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Songwriter of the Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014.

His eagerly awaited next album for release in 2016 includes reflections on minor-league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, cook­in sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society!

“As close as it gets to a perfect union of voice and guitar, lyrics and melody, compassion, irony, realism, wit, and humanity.” ***** 5 Stars – The Herald

“a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.” **** 4 stars – MOJO

“[Wood] has managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes, or putting music to Hugh Lupton’s words, that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional songs, but are totally modern.” Ian Anderson – fRoots

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Seth Lakeman + Support


Saturday 10th December 2016
7:45pm to 10:30pm (Doors 7.00pm)

General Admission: £25/£29 (door)         Under 16s: £21/£25 (door)

Seth is a multi-instrumentalist, usually playing the fiddle, tenor guitar, banjo and viola. He has belonged to several ensembles but has now established himself as a solo artist playing a number of live shows over the past few years. This includes the first single from his 2014 Word Of Mouth album ‘Portrait of my Wife’ also featuring on ‘The Full English’ album, which won Best Album at the BBC Radio Folk Awards in 2014.

Highlights for Seth include his nomination for the 2005 Mercury Music Prize as well as his special performance of ‘King & Country’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the BBC Radio 2’s ‘D-Day 70 Years On’ commemorative concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Seth has been a guest performer on ‘Tim Rice: A Life in Song’ in 2014 making a Christmas Day television appearance and won Singer of the Year and Best Album awards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007.

Seth is currently writing and recording a new album to be released as part of his upcoming tour, inspired largely by landscape of the West Country and the history of the region’s people.

Seth Lakeman – Official website

Seth Lakeman + Support – Official Facebook Event