John Kirkpatrick (b 1947)

English player of the melodeon, concertina and accordion. Also a singer. Plays mainly traditional English dance tunes.

(John Kirkpatrick has also recorded with The Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Umps and Dumps, Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Shirley Collins, Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Leon Rosselson, Dan Ar Bras, Pere Ubu, Viv Stanshall, R Tessi, The Kipper Family, Jon Raven and Loudon Wainwright III)


Jump At The Sun1972 TrailerLER 2033 
Going Spare1978 Free ReedFRR 030
[Reissued with bonus tracks]2008 Free Reed 
Concertina Album1982 AprilAPR 1003
Three In A Row1983 SqueezerSQZ 123 
[Reissue] (CD)1998 Fledg'lingFLED 3018
Blue Baloon1987 SqueezerSQZ 124
Sheepskins 1988SqueezerSQZ 125
[Reissue] (CD)1993 Words and MusicMW 4002
Earthling1994 Words and MusicMW 4006 
Force of Habit (*)1996 Fledg'lingFLED 3007
Welcome To Hell (*)1997 Fledg'lingFLED 3010 
Blue Balloon1998 Music and WordsMWCD 4022 
One Man and His Box1998 Music and WordsMWCD 4024
Mazurka Berzerker2001 Fledg'lingFLED 3030 
The Duck Race: Morris Dance Tunes From Shropshire2004 Fledg'lingFLED 3043
Sultans of Squeeze (**)2005  
Carolling and Crumpets2006Fledg'ling FLED 3060
Make No Bones2007Fledg'ling FLED 3065
Dance of the Demon Daffodils2009Fledg'ling FLED 3075

(* The John Kirkpatrick Band)
(** with Chris Parkinson)


A Short History Of John Kirkpatrick1994 TopicTSCD473 

Collaboration - Jon Raven, John Kirkpatrick, Sue Harris, Gary and Vera Aspey, Brian Peters and Ian Woods.

The Bold Navigators1975 Saydisc/Tradition Sound RecordingsTSR 019 
[Reissue]1999 FellsideFTSR4

Collaborations - John Kirkpatrick, Maddy Prior and Sydney Carter.

Lovely In The Dance1981  

Collaborations - Ashley Hutchings and John Kirkpatrick

The Complete Dancing Master (*)1974 IslandHelp 17 
[Reissue]1976Antilles AN 7003
[Reissue] 1984Hannibal HNBL 4416
[Reissue] 1984Carthage CGLP4416
[Reissue] 2002Fledg'ling FLED 3038

(* Recorded in 1973, released 1974)

Collaboration - Roy Bailey, Martin Simpson and John Kirkpatrick.

Sit Down and Sing2005  CFCD406 

Collaboration - John Kirkpatrick, Rosie Cross, Georgina Le Faux, Michael Gregory, Jane Threlfall and Carl Hogsden.


Collaboration - Bára Grímsdóttir with Chris Foster & John Kirkpatrick.

Funi2004 Green Man  

Collaboration - Mike Bosworth with John Kirkpatrick.

By Chance It Was (*)? ? 

(* live at the Eden Project)

Best albums(*).

Plain Capers 1976
Going Spare1978

(*)Based on critical opinion.

Anthology - Frankie Armstrong, Maddy Prior, Cyril Tawney, The Watersons, Peta Webb, A.L. Lloyd, Roy Bailey, Linda Adams, Peter Bellamy, Patti Reid, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, Swan Arcade, June Tabor et al.

Title. year. Label. number.
Voices - English Traditional Songs 1992 Fellside FECD 87
[Reissue]1999 Musica PangaeaMP10004

Anthology - Maddy Prior, John Kirkpatrick, Frankie Armstrong, Nic Jones, Gordeanna McCulloch, John Wright et al.


Anthology, Various artists - The Morris On Band, Chris Parkinson, John Kirkpatrick, Chris Leslie, Ric Sanders Group, Jim Moray, Ric Sanders Group, Ken Nicol, Eliza Carthy and Saul Rose, Jim Causley, Show Of Hands, Fairport Convention, et al.

Mother of  All Morris2007 ? 

Anthology, Various artists - John Kirkpatrick, Scan Tester, Roger Digby, Noel Hill et al.

Anglo International (3 CDs)2008 Folksound 

Various artists - Ralph McTell, The John Kirkpatrick Band, Show of Hands, the Albion Band, Fairport Convention, Vin Garbutt, Kathryn Tickell, Ron Kavana et al.

Huntingdon Folk: Folk From Huntingdon Hall 2002Speaking Volumes HPR 2003.2

Anthology, various artists including John Kirkpatrick.

Megin - Welsh Accordion Music2000 Fflach Tradd 

Anthology - Various artists including Sara Grey, The Copper Family, John Kirkpatrick, Norma Waterson, Louis Killen. Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr, Martin Wyndham-Read et al.

Title. year. Label. number.
Song Links (2 CDs)2001 FellsideFECD176D

Anthology - Various artists including Sara Grey, The Copper Family, John Kirkpatrick, Benji Kirkpatrick, The Devil's Interval, Emily Portman, Jim Causley, Martin Wyndham-Read et al .

Title. year. Label. number.
Song Links 2 (2 CDs)2005 FellsideFECD190D

Anthology - John Kirkpatrick, Scan Tester, Phil Tanner, Grace Notes, Lal Waterson et al.

Title. year. Label. number.
Midwinter 2006Free ReedFRQCD 30

Session recordings.

Tony RoseYoung Hunting1970   
Tony RoseUnder The Greenwood Tree1971  
BBC RadioSqueezing Around the World1991  
Richard ThompsonDaring Adventures1986  
Richard ThompsonMirror Blue1994  
Bara GrimmsdorritFuni 2005Green Man GMCD002

Book of tunes - "English Choice" has two related 2 CDs.

Orlando's Return2003 
Garrick's Delight2003 


Title.year.Label. number
Jogging Along With My Reindeer/ King Neptunes Lament1979 Dingles  SID 226


Title year. Label.
How To Play the English Melodeon 2008?  

Popular downloads.

Fits and Starts
Old King Coal
Brighton Camp/ The March Past
Annan Side
Cheshire Hornpipe
A Lord of Steam and Iron
Blue Eyed Stranger/ Willow Tree

Album tracks.

Sheepskins Running time: 69 minutes 19 seconds. Recorded 1988, released on CD in 1993. John Kirkpatrick plays solo on every track, varying between one-row melodeon, two-row melodeon, treble anglo concertina, baritone anglo concertina and bass anglo concertina.



1. Last Night with Archie(Aboyne Water)Trad
2. Three Jolly Black SheepskinsTrad
3. Mad Moll (Mad Moll of the Cheshire Hunts)/ The Lively JigTrad/ Trad
4. Over The Moon (Applecore)/ Bonnets So BlueSue Harris/ Trad
5. There's No Doubt About It (Grafting In The Drencher)/ Beating The OakSally Turner/ John Kirkpatrick
6. Dick The WelshmanTrad
7. Medley (a) Todley Tom (The Staffordshire Hornpipe) (b) The Blue Eyed Stranger (c) Waterddy Lane (d) The Tun Dish (e) The Maiden's Prayer (Rickett's Hornpipe)(a) Trad (b) Trad (c) John Kirkpatrick (d) JK (e) Trad
8. Turn Again Martha/ Churning ButterSue Harris/ Sue Harris
9. The Abram Circle DanceTrad
10. The Raddled Tup/ Hunting The SquirrelJohn Kirkpatrick/ Trad
11. Not For JoeTrad
12. Medley (a) Four Lane End (b) Cocking The Chafer (c) Threepenny Ha'penny TreacleJohn Kirkpatrick/ JK/ JK
13. Martha's Cornet or The Evening StarSue Harris
14. Three Hand Reel (Cock of The North)/ The Green & Yellow Handkerchief (Greensleeves)/Trad/ Trad
15. The Prince Of Wales (The Prince of Wales At Brighton)/ The Morning StarTrad/ Trad
16. Half a Farthing Candle (The Girl I Left Behind Me)/ The Hindley Circle Dance (Albert Farmer's Polka)Trad/ Trad

Last updated on 07/12/2010