John Kirkpatrick


Currently available touring the brand new CD that’s taking the world by storm – “COAT-TAILS FLYING”

Themed Shows:

Carolling & Crumpets – an uplifting celebration of Christmas and Midwinter – Touring every December

The Victorian Farmer’s Year In Song – an entertaining presentation of farming songs and customs in period costume – suitable for any time of year

Tunes From The Trenches – Songs of the First and Second World Wars – another show in period costume suitable for any time of year. Book early for November 2018


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John is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.

As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.

John has lived in Shropshire since 1973, where he still dances with the Morris team he founded in 1975, The Shropshire Bedlams.

English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Gold Badge 2003 (Awarded for his outstanding contribution to English Folk Music)

“Kirkpatrick’s buoyant presence and lust for this music sounds more rampant than ever”Colin Irwin – fRoots Magazine 2009


Reviews of 2017 CD ‘Coat-Tails Flying’:

“This fine collection of songs and tunes is a joy to listen to. JK is still at the top of his game and long may he continue!” Barry Goodman in Shire Magazine

‘With his Coat-tails flying, Kirkpatrick – being able to play just about any kind of music on any kind of squeezebox (with buttons, that is) – is happily enjoying himself; and listeners will too.’ Songlines

‘There is something special about this one . . . a terrific sense of fun about it all. Needless to say his command of all things squeezebox is as masterly as ever . . .it captures a great musician with a new lease of life.’ The Living Tradition

Coat-tails Flying is nothing less than a definitively signature solo album from the good Mr K, on which he is in splendid voice (robust and upfront) and both nimble and sparky in his perennially expert squeezeboxery.’ Folk Radio UK

‘However enjoyable this and all his previous albums are, it must be pointed out that the recorded John cannot compare with the sheer exhilaration and magic of seeing the man Shirley Collins has called “English music’s mighty heart of oak” perform live. There are some of us who try to build regular attendance at his gigs into our well-being programmes.’ fRoots

Tour Dates

10/03/2018Lincoln Drill HallLINCOLN
17/03/2018Lewes Saturday Folk ClubLEWES
28/03/2018Aberystwyth Arts CentreABERYSTWYTH
30/03/2018Square Chapel Centre for the ArtsHALIFAX
10/04/2018Good Intent Folk ClubROCHESTER
14/04/2018Headon Village HallRETFORD
04/05/2018Todmorden Folk FestivalTODMORDEN
12/05/2018Peasenhall Assembly HallPEASENHALL
19/05/2018Heart of Shropshire DaySHREWSBURY
23/05/2018Dorking Folk ClubDORKING
25/05/2018Mansfield Palace Studio TheatreMANSFIELD
27/05/2018English Music FestivalWALLINGFORD
10/06/2018St Neots Folk FestivalST NEOTS
01/07/2018Farm FestWEST HYDE
15/07/2018Ely Folk FestivalELY
18/07/2018Irvine Folk ClubIRVINE
23/07/2018Chesham Folk ClubCHESHAM
06/08/2018Sidmouth FolkWeekSIDMOUTH
01/09/2018Ripon MuseumRIPON
14/09/2018The Trooper InnSTURMINSTER NEWTON
15/09/2018Dunton FolkDUNTON
25/09/2018Brick Kiln Garden CentreCHICHESTER
29/09/2018The RopewalkBARTON-UPON-HUMBER