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.
We were very lucky to have enticed John to make the pilgrimage from his Shropshire home to entertain us on Thursday 4 October at The Cafe on the Green.
Here are some comments from audience members:
Just wanted to say thank you for another super-duper evening. It was really terrific to see and hear one of the (hope he doesn't mind) "elder statesmen" of folk music in Widecombe - greatly entertaining! I've now got "Middle of the World" going round and round in my head! I've sent an email to the folks at the Cafe too - I thought they did a great job and the table service was a treat and seemed to work well. Andrea
I forgot to say thank you for Thursday! Thank you! It was a very good evening......Lindy
Another excellent evening.
Very impressed by the instrument playing, and a good strong voice.
Food up to usual high standard.
Just to thank you for organising the event. John was amazing, he certainly earned his money!
Yes, it was a very good night, thank you and well done. The food was excellent. D & J
It was a well organised and enjoyable evening all round; JK was in fine form and obviously good spirits!
Very many thanks. Ben
Another goodie, the food was delicious, the company delightful and the music superb. John Kirkpatrick is a master of his art and his accordion playing antics have to be seen to be believed! Thank you Daf and team for another memorable evening in Widecombe. Hibly on F
Here, at last, a selection of Andrew Lester's photos from the evening.