John Kirkpatrick


Generally available for 2019 bookings.

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.


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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

07/11/2018Faversham Folk Club (Tunes from the Trenches)FAVERSHAM
08/11/2018Cecil Sharp House (Tunes from the Trenches)LONDON
09/11/2018Bishop's Castle Town Hall (Tunes from the Trenches)BISHOP’S CASTLE,
10/11/2018Wyvern Hall (Tunes from the Trenches)WYLYE
19/11/2018Warwick Folk ClubWARWICK
20/11/2018Clive & Grinshill History Group (Tunes from the Trenches)SHREWSBURY
23/11/2018Green Man Folk ClubALTON
24/11/2018Orpington Liberal ClubORPINGTON,
30/11/2018Holy Trinity Trust (Carolling & Crumpets)KETTERING
01/12/2018Montgomery Church (Carolling & Crumpets)MONTGOMERY
02/12/2018Bothy Folk Club (Carolling & Crumpets)WEST SOUTHPORT
05/12/2018Spalding Folk Club (Carolling & Crumpets)SPALDING
07/12/2018Folk at The GroveLEEDS (Carolling & Crumpets)
09/12/2018Hitchin Folk Club (Carolling & Crumpets)HITCHIN
14/12/2018Stamford Arts Centre (Carolling & Crumpets)STAMFORD
15/12/2018Newhampton Arts Centre (Carolling & Crumpets)WOLVERHAMPTON
16/12/2018The Fleece Inn, Bretforton (Carolling & Crumpets)EVESHAM
20/12/2018The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre (Carolling & Crumpets)HAVANT
21/12/2018Bromley Cross Folk Club (Carolling & Crumpets)EDGWORTH
14/02/2019Chatteris Library (The Victorian Farmers Year)CHATTERIS
15/02/2019Ely Library (The Victorian Farmers Year)ELY
16/02/2019Greyladyes Arts FoundationBURSLEDON
19/02/2019The Wurzel Bush Folk ClubCOVENTRY
22/02/2019Brighton Toy and Model MuseumBRIGHTON
23/02/2019Chester February Folk DayHOOLE
27/02/2019Norden Farm Centre for ArtsMAIDENHEAD
02/03/2019Henry Sandon HallWORCESTER
23/03/2019Bridport Arts CentreBRIDPORT
03/05/2019Bacca Pipes Folk ClubKEIGHLEY
05/05/2019Upton Folk FestivalUPTON ON SEVERN