The Place Theatre, Bedford

Mill Race Folk - John Kirkpatrick (with MarisaJack&Davy)
Mill Race Folk
John Kirkpatrick (with MarisaJack&Davy)
8th July at 8:00pm

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From turning professional in 1970, John has gone on to become one of the most prolific performers and recording artists on the English folk scene, playing solo and in countless duos, trios, groups and bands of all kinds. As both singer and instrumentalist he has spent time in The Albion Country Band, Steeleye Span, Band of Hope, Trans Europe Diatonique, and for a couple of years had his own John Kirkpatrick Band. He continues to play for concerts in two occasional outfits - Brass Monkey, and The Sultans of Squeeze and leads and calls with his own dance band, Mr Gubbins Bicycle. His skill on his squeezeboxes has led him to be highly rated as a session musician out in the wide world, particularly following his long association with Richard Thompson, both live and on record.

John joined The Albion Band for The National Theatres productions of Lark Rise and Candleford in the late 1970s, and has gone on to contribute songs, music, and dancing to over sixty plays, principally at The New Victoria Theatre in North Staffordshire. This year he is the musical director for Townsend Productions new touring play of the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs We Will Be Free!

These days John is most often seen as a soloist in his natural habitat as a champion of traditional English folk music, in festivals, clubs, and village halls. He still loves dancing, and may be spotted by the keen eyed with the team he formed in 1975 which revolutionised the world of Morris Dancing with a new look at Border Morris The Shropshire Bedlams.

By way of rewarding his efforts over the years, he was made an honorary lifetime member of The International Concertina Association in 2002, awarded The Gold Badge of The English Folk Dance & Song Society in 2003, and named Musician of the Year in BBC Radio 2s Folk Awards in 201

Tickets for this show are priced at £12.00.