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

Tour Dates

25/11/2017Salisbury Arts CentreSALISBURY
01/12/2017Wessex AcousticBLANDFORD FORUM
03/12/2017Lichfield GuildhallLICHFIELD
09/12/2017Music in New RadnorNEW RADNOR
14/12/2017The Marlowe StudioCANTERBURY
15/12/2017Chesterfield Library TheatreCHESTERFIELD
18/12/2017National Centre for Early MusicYork
20/12/2017Vivacity Key TheatrePETERBOROUGH
22/12/2017Burton Folk ClubBURTON-ON-TRENT
11/02/2018Horsham Folk ClubHORSHAM
13/02/2018Ringwood Folk ClubRINGWOOD
22/02/2018Stafford Folk ClubSTAFFORD