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Welcome to folk under the clock

Folk Under the Clock came into being on September 23, 1986 in Peterborough, Ontario. Our first concert was Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie Maclean. Since then we’ve held 100+ shows over the course of 38 seasons.

Our concerts are primarily held at the Market Hall, a theatre located under Peterborough’s downtown clock tower. The venue provides a warm, historical backdrop to our shows.

Our History

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Our Founders

Folk Under the Clock is a labour of love for artistic director Mike Barker. Mike founded and continues to run the concert series along with his wife, Sonja, and a dedicated group of friends. Mike has been involved in the folk music scene in Peterborough and Edmonton for four decades. He’s been a judge for the 2004 Juno Awards, served on many local music committees, and contributed to the yearly “Critics Choice” selection published by Penguin Eggs magazine. Mike has also served as a judge for the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Mike was honoured to be inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame in September 2014 for bringing folk and world music to the stage in Peterborough for over 38 years.

Mike & Sonja Barker are presented with Lifetime Achievement Award from the Market Hall. (Sept 2016)

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