I have long admired Vin Garbutt, the man and the music: his singing, his songs (some self-written and some carefully chosen), his integrity, his passion and his wit and wisdom that has audiences rolling in the aisles from Aberdeen to Adelaide.
WINNER of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001
Vin Garbutt is one of the most sought-after and best loved performers on the music scene today. His song writing is witty and powerful, with a clear social conscience, and he is a distinctive singer, an accomplished guitarist and fine whistle player. Vin has been performing nationally and internationally, non-stop, since 1969. His songs always remain fresh and vibrant, and his repertoire is always changing. Vin is genuinely funny, and his quirky observations of life are always very much part of the act, delighting audiences everywhere.
"The diversity and controversial nature of his powerful, thought provoking self-penned songs performed with passion, integrity and a sincere belief in the subject matter earn him universal respect. Add to this his wealth of traditional songs, fun songs, fine musicianship, a zany rare wit, with introductions which could send his audiences "rolling in the aisles", and you have the ingredients for the perfect recipe for success." - Folk on Tap
Vin Garbutt is reputed to have said that he is not interested in becoming a big star in the accepted sense. Nevertheless in the area of music where he performs, he's a big fish in a small pond, though what the world realised long before Vin did, was that the small pond had grown over the years into a considerable lake. Vin can fill a venue with happy, smiling faces like no other performer I know.
Vin is a superb performer and a real audience-pleaser.
"The most sought after Act on the scene today. ‘House Full!’ signs are the norm. Because of his popularity, life is one long tour for Vin..... doing what folk singers have done for ages and ages - presenting a different view to that expressed by the media. Vin Garbutt entertains in a unique manner. All his songs are quite serious in content, but the same cannot be said of his introductions! I cannot think of anybody, other than Mike Elliott, who can get away with fifteen minute introductions to a five minute song. Not only does he add new songs to his repertoire but he adds bits to his introductions as well. Half the fun on some of his numbers is spotting the story he has told you in the song he is singing, artistic license is an understatement to say the least!" - Music World
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Vin Garbutt at Woodford Folk Festival 2007
VIN'S TOUR PLANNER
MAJOR CHANGES TO VIN'S SCHEDULE APRIL - JUNEVin is having planned surgery in late March/early April 2017 - not an emergency, but planned maintenance. Apologies, but this will disrupt his schedule in April, May and June, Concerts for these months are being rearranged. His gigs in February and March WILL GO AHEAD AS NORMAL and he will be fully fit for these concerts. Changes for April - June can be seen here and on Vin's website as they are made. Thank you to the festival, club and venue organisers for their help and understanding. We know you'll join us in wishing Vin well.