“….a folk concert in a box almost brought me to tears…if it comes down your way, don’t be scared: be brave and enter” The Daily Telegraph
“The line between the cosy and the creepy is thin: For Folk in a Box you pop into a darkened hut, where a guitarist sings sweetly to his sole listener.” The Observer
‘The woman ahead of me in the queue came out weeping with emotion, and while my heart was a little harder it was still an intense experience.’ The Guardian
Folk in a Box is a unique one -on-one music venue and performance space. It is a bespoke wooden box with a little front door for audience members and a little back door for performers. It can be set up anywhere.One audience member is allowed in at a time. The door is closed behind them. They are given one song, performed by one musician. It’s simple, but works like a charm.
Folk in a Box has been to all sorts of places – Tate Britain, SouthBank Centre, Venice Biennale, Battersea Arts Centre, music festivals, back streets, high streets, hill tops and front rooms. We’ve had a host of exciting performers in the box too. Some of our favourites have been Sam Lee, Emily Barker, Simon Armitage, The Unthanks, Raghu Dixit and Newton Faulkner. Now we’re planning an epic month long journey across Britain from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’ Groats in Scotland.
In 2011, Folk in a Box received funding from the Joyce Carrdoughty trust to develop a brand new Box. We commissioned designer-architect company DK-CM to create a bespoke new structure, built by London Carpenters Aldworth, James & Bond. It quickly received critical acclaim, including a fantastic article in the Daily Telegraph. You can read it here.
In 2013, this new incarnation of Folk in a Box was invited to be a main exhibit at the Venice Biennale, where it was showcased for three months. You can watch a fantastic video of our time in Venice here …. https://vimeo.com/49182932
Folk in a Box is very easy to transport and set up. It is made up of a series of panels and is transported in it’s detached form. It can be set up by three people and no tools are used in it’s set up, which takes around two hours to be completely performance ready. Here is a video we made, showing two of us re-building the box in the backs streets of East London…
Folk in a Box is the brainchild of musicians Emily Barker and Dom Coyote. You can get in contact with us here – firstname.lastname@example.org