Folk star comes to Holloway

John Kirkpatrick
John Kirkpatrick

Folk legend John Kirkpatrick will be making his first visit to the Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, on Saturday, April 26.

His music was heard at the hall in a recent production of We Shall Be Free at the venue, which took place on February 13.

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 and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music.

He has been a member of The Albion 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.

He rejoined The Albion Band for the National Theatre productions of Lark Rise and Candleford, and from 1980 has regularly worked on shows at The Victoria Theatre in North Staffordshire,

The Orchard Theatre Touring Company based in Devon, and elsewhere.

As a songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director he has contributed to over 60 plays in the theatre and on radio. And as a featured artiste, band member, session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.

John, who was born in Chiswick, West London, now lives in Shropshire, where he still dances with the Morris team he founded in 1975, The Shropshire Bedlams.

Supporting John in the concert will be Alan Casey from Cheshire and local ‘lad’ Martyn Offord.

The concert starts at 7.30pm in the Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall.

Tickets are available from Dave on 01773 856545 or from Mayfield Stores, Church Street, Holloway.