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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.

Vin GarbuttWINNER of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001
"Powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane, inspired, funny and gut wrenchingly honest. These are just some of the superlatives used to describe Vin's performance. This international, award winning, singer songwriter is completing  his 40th year on the road. He is for ever in demand and his shows are continually sell outs. Get your tickets early!"

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.

All this has happened without the hype from big record companies, and without the usual publicity from the mass media. He has performed all over the globe, and in parts of countries that the biggest stars will never see. This phenomenon has occurred solely by word of mouth, spread by people who have discovered him, and felt the need to share this unique experience with others.

Vin is a superb performer and a real audience-pleaser.

Vin Garbutt, Lichfield, 2016

Review, Lichfield, 2016

" Vin entertained the audience for two hours with great songs, both new (Christmas hits off the new album, Synthetic Hues!) and from his extensive back-catalogue, accompanied by the kind of history and life lessons which should be taught in schools but never seem to be. He makes you laugh, he makes you think and invites you to ponder on man’s inhumanity to man. And he makes you realise why the welcome was so warm. Get along to a Vin Garbutt gig near you and find out for yourself – you won’t regret it!"

"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

 "Lump-in-the-throat" moment came when Vin Garbutt scored the first standing ovation in the history of the festival which was this year celebrated its ruby anniversary. This performance saw Vin back at the top of his game [after his illness], cracking jokes, singing sublimely, telling stories, and even playing a whistle which a heart operation had prevented him from doing so when he last graced the Stainsby stage three years ago. The audience hung on every word, roaring with laughter at his tales of Antipodean adventures and the differences between English and Australian pronunciation, lapping up stories of Geordies and wallowing in songs like Morning Informs On My Dreaming and the magnificent When Oppressed Becomes Oppressor."
-  Gay Bolton, Derbyshire Times

See Vin on Youtube (continue scrolling down)

Vin Garbutt - Morning Informs on my Dreaming

Vin Garbutt at Woodford Folk Festival 2007

Vin Garbutt - Not for the First Time - recorded 2006

Vin Garbutt - What's the Use of Wings (Song by Brian Bedford)

See Vin's own gig list for full venue & ticket details. This list is simply for the forward planning of dates. All tickets should be booked via the individual venues.

Vin is having surgery in early April 2017 - not an emergency, but planned maintenance. Apologies, but this will disrupt his schedule until July to allow for a recovery period. His gigs in February and March went well, and he's in good spirits. New dates are listed below and on Vin's website. Thanks to the festivals and venues for their help and understanding in rearranging dates. We know you'll join us in wishing Vin well.


6 Nottingham
7 Walsall

19 Whitby Folk Week

1 Doncaster
9 Gt Broughton (Nr Middlesborough)
18 Stafford
22 Bury
23 Hereford

7-8 Banbury Festival
14 South Petherton
15 Lee Mill, Nr Plymouth
21 Stockton
31 Cramlington

3 Poynton, Nr. Stockport
4 Wolverhamptin TBC
10 Reeth
24 Basingstoke
28 Dartford

1 Harthill Nr Sheffield
2 Washington
14 Darlington


11-12 York (2 nights)
19 Private Event
26 Yarm

3 Lytham St Annes
17 Sheffield
24 Faldingworth (Lincs)

2 Blandford Forum
3 Newport (Salop)
23 Grantham
24 Corsham







19 Exeter
26 Durham