JOHN KIRKPATRICK

 

If you can squeeze it and get a sound then John Kirkpatrick is your man  - expert player of the accordion, melodeon and concertina. We booked him at the Corbett Theatre with his wife Sue Harris on 3r February 1974.

An early member of Steeleye Span, seem to remember seeing that line up at the LSE, and also a major player on the celebrated Morris On albums of the early 70s. A regular recording and concert sidekick of the usual suspects, Carthy, Thompson and Hutchings as well as being a member of Brass Monkey.

A duo with oboe and dulcimer player Sue Harris was very successful around that period, beginning in 1971. Sue was a member of the English Country Blues Band for a time and both featured in an early Albion Band line up. Sue also does quite a bit of work for television, theatre and radio, for example the music for Radio 4's Canterbury Tales.

The trouble with people in this 'folky' world is that they are far too adventurous and imaginative - far more so than the rest of mankind gives them credit for. Who would have expected the following to appear in John's credits?

Session man on Gerry Rafferty's 'Night Owl' album, and bizarrely Pere Ubu's 'The Tenement Year'

Founder member of the Shropshire Bedlams Morris Dance Team

Toured as a trio with melodeon players Riccardo Tesi from Italy, and Marc Perrone from France. No rut there then!

Three of his most well known activities were perhaps, along with Sue, as a member of Umps and Dumps and in Richard Thompson's Band, and finally involvement in the National Theatre's celebrated production of Lark Rise to Candleford.

M&K©2002

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