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GUEST,Trevor 31 Dec 20 - 02:57 AM
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Subject: John Kirkpatrick MBE
From: GUEST,Trevor
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 02:57 AM

Great news that dancer, singer, composer, innovator and squeezer supreme John Kirkpatrick has been awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours. Well deserved and not a minute before time. Congratulations John!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Trevor
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 02:59 AM

Oh yes - I do still have a cookie!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 03:08 AM

Now a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

The only thing missing is the British Empire......


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 04:10 AM

Congratulations! Could not have been given to a nicer and more talented man.
Nick and Mally


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 04:53 AM

Congratulations , however a cheque fgr 1000pounds might be more useful, there is no empire left.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: gillymor
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 06:41 AM

I'm only familiar with him through his work with Richard Thompson but he is something special.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 06:58 AM

Gillymor, name anyone in the UK folk scene, and John K has probably played with hem at one time or other.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 07:08 AM

Top job, well deserved.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 07:37 AM

point taken, spb , but here we go, nick dow,johnny collins,the wilson family show of hands, paul downess,jim mageean,anne lister, tom paley.peggy seeger,grant baynham,brian peters?,
sorry spb you are talking squit, however john k desrves it


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 07:39 AM

Great, but it should be SIR John Kirkpatrick, IMHO! A knighthood, no less!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: gillymor
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 08:36 AM

I guess I'm way more familiar with him than I realized. He is god according to a concertina playing buddy of mine.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 08:51 AM

JK is a talented unassuming, hard-working member of the scene and I'm sure he would be the first to claim he is receiving this on behalf of all the other hard-working people therein. Well deserved and very welcome. Congratulations, John!

Also we should be grateful for small mercies, i.e., it's good to see a deserving soldier getting a gong when so many are simply buying them.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 09:34 AM

Some say that "MBE" stands for My Bloody Effort. John K has certainly expended a great deal of effort and the honour is richly deserved.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Mr Red
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 09:55 AM

A Notsominor Deity


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Mo the caller
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 10:18 AM

Good teacher too. I've enjoyed his accordion lessons at Whitby FF


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 10:51 AM

I have often done his Big Festival band workshop at Sidmouth, and loved it: great tunes and arrangements and such energy!
As for the British Empire: for several years we were in the Sidmouth Conservative Club, where he taught against a backdrop of a blue sparkly curtain!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 11:28 AM

Grand. He was always a favourite at the long-gone Tree Inn Folk Club in Stratton, Bude. Yep, a major contributor to the nation's culture gets an MBE, whilst a skinny bloke who drives impractical cars (that he doesn't pay for) very fast gets a knighthood. Funny old world, eh?


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 11:33 AM

My uncle up in Manchester once took us to his Conservative Club (cheap beer). We sat all evening under a massive framed photo of Maggie Thatcher, and on the opposite wall were similar-sized pics of Churchill and the queer old dean. Sadly, there was no John Kirkpatrick there to leaven the bread!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 12:25 PM

Dick, in the Umps and Dumps sleeve notes it says that he plays with anybody. Didn't realise that he has not been recognised for his contribution to the arts earlier.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 12:29 PM

I have always thought the OBE - other buggers' efforts, MBE many buggers' efforts.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 12:31 PM

he plays with anybody is not the same as he plays with everybody, he is excellenT and deserves his MBE


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 12:36 PM

Neither does it mean
name anyone in the UK folk scene, and John K has probably played with hem at one time or other.! quote
of course he is good enough to play with anyone


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 12:46 PM

for the sake of accuracy and particularly people in the usa
John Kirkpatrick was born in 1947 in Chiswick, west London.[1] As a child he sang in the choir and played piano. In 1959 he joined the Hammersmith Morris Men, in the second week of their existence, beginning a career-long love of folk music. In 1970 he became a regular at a folk club in the Roebuck pub in Tottenham Court Road and led the resident group, Dingle's Chillybom Band. The club hosted a film show of Morris dancing and Ashley Hutchings turned up. It was the beginning of a long musical relationship. In 1972 John recorded his first solo album Jump at the Sun which included Richard Thompson on acoustic guitar.[2]
In Shropshire

In 1973 Kirkpatrick moved to Shropshire and married Sue Harris. After seeing a dance team called Gloucestershire Old Spot Morris Dancers, he formed Shropshire Bedlams to perform local dances in the Border Morris style. In the early weeks some girls turned up and rather than have a mixed morris team, Harris took the girls aside to form Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny Dish; both teams are still flourishing and celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 2015. By this time Kirkpatrick was an expert player of melodeon, Anglo concertina, and button accordion. Ashley Hutchings' project Battle of the Field floundered when the Albion Country Band broke up. They had recorded not quite enough material for an album. Kirkpatrick had appeared on several of the tracks with Martin Carthy and offered to record two extra tracks with his wife in 1973. It was not released until 1976 but is highly regarded[by whom?]. Harris sang and played oboe and hammered dulcimer, an unusual combination. In 1974 Kirkpatrick and Hutchings produced a themed album The Compleat Dancing Master, a history of English country dancing. In 1976 he teamed up with Carthy for Plain Capers, a collection of morris dance tunes.
Steeleye Span

In 1977 Steeleye Span recruited both Kirkpatrick and Carthy, partly to replace fiddler Peter Knight, Kirkpatrick appearing on the albums Storm Force Ten and Live at Last; in concert with them, he would perform solo morris dances. In the same period, John released two albums as a duo with Sue Harris. John became part of Richard Thompson's backing band in 1978. This brought him such publicity that he was in heavy demand as a session musician. He recorded with Pere Ubu, Viv Stanshall, Jack the Lad, Gerry Rafferty, Maddy Prior and others. In 1980 he released his only single, Jogging Along with My Reindeer. Two more albums with Sue Harris appeared in 1981, but the constant touring, as a duo and as part of other groups, was putting a strain on the marriage. They had four sons together, but parted in the mid eighties. In 1988 he and Sue published Opus Pocus, a collection of many of their own compositions from the previous 20 years, and a selection of some of the (then) more obscure traditional English tunes which had influenced them.
Brass Monkey

In 1979 Kirkpatrick had appeared in the National Theatre Company's stage show Lark Rise to Candleford together with Carthy and trumpeter Howard Evans. Prior to this the use of brass instruments in English folk music was a rare event, but all three had found it thrilling and a couple of years later formed Brass Monkey with Martin Brinsford from the Old Swan Band. The group is an occasional gathering rather than a fixed company. Roy Bailey, like Leon Rosselson has frequently recorded songs of social commentary, frequently on an anti-war theme. John has made several records with Roy Bailey, as well as in a group called Band of Hope. He recorded with Frankie Armstrong in 1996 and 1997. They share a love of early English ballads.
John Kirkpatrick Band

In 1997 John decided to front his own "rock-folk" band, and put together a line-up consisting of Graeme Taylor (guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin – ex Gryphon, The Albion Band and Home Service), Mike Gregory (drums, percussion – ex Albion Band, Home Service), Dave Berry (electric bass, double bass, tuba) and Paul Burgess (fiddle, recorders – from the Old Swan Band). They made two albums: a live album "Force of Habit" containing many of John's arrangements of Morris tunes, plus other material from his back catalogue, plus a studio album "Welcome To Hell" featuring new material.
As soloist
Since 1993 John has recorded seven solo albums. He often unearths obscure English tunes and songs from folk ceremonies. Recently[when?] he has started to explore Balkan and Hungarian dance tunes. He has produced one of the only teaching videos for English (D/G) melodeon, also on DVD. A further teaching resource is his 2003 book of traditional tunes, English Choice, and two accompanying CDs. He has recently[when?] started to perform with accordion wizard Chris Parkinson as the Sultans of Squeeze, and the pair have released one album. He is remarried. One of his sons, Benji Kirkpatrick, is a member of Faustus, a former member of Bellowhead and Magpie Lane, and has recorded as a solo guitarist. He has succeeded his father as a member of Steeleye Span. All four of John's sons do morris dancing. As a composer, choreographer and musical director John has contributed to over 60 plays in the theatre and on radio.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 01:58 PM

HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN - Great guy, great talent... So well deserved!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 03:19 PM

I remember when John K was a founder member of Dingle's folk club, around 50 years ago.... we were all very young, mind you! A smashing bloke and a brilliant box player.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 04:10 PM

Saw the John Kirkpatrick Band at Felixstowe Folk Festival on 30 July 1995, and very good they were too. Many congratulations to John!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: GUEST,Tim Edwards
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 08:39 PM

Congratulations to John - so deserved. Quite apart from his song and band achievements ( which are wonderful) he is the very best Morris musician I’ve ever danced to - and I’ve danced to many of the best.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 01 Jan 21 - 03:54 AM

If there were a concertina newspaper the headline would be "God gets MBE".

Well deserved just for being such a nice person never mind anything else.

Robin


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 01 Jan 21 - 06:31 AM

And The Gas Almost Works!!!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 01 Jan 21 - 07:15 AM

One of my favourites is "The Citroen takes unleaded after all"

Robin


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 01 Jan 21 - 12:36 PM

Welcome news! Congratulations!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 02 Jan 21 - 08:19 AM

From: SPB-Cooperator

I have always thought the OBE - other buggers' efforts, MBE many buggers' efforts.



I was told that MBE stood for "Male Bovine Excrement", or to us, B*llsh*t.

Doesn't apply in this case, though.

Well done JK!!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 Jan 21 - 07:33 PM

Just heard today that Fergie Macdonald, great buttonbox player and ceilidh band leader also got an MBE in these latest honours! The sun is definitely shining on the squeezers!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jan 21 - 10:03 AM

I know him through one of my favorite tracks: "I'll go and 'List For a Sailor" by Morris On . Excellent squeezebox playing, I think Ashley Hutchings on vocals.


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: RTim
Date: 04 Jan 21 - 01:36 PM

NO - It is definitely John K. singing "Go and Enlist" on Morris On....

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 Jan 21 - 01:41 PM

john kirkpatrick is a fine singer and musician. I will be polite and say nothing about ashley hutchings


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 04 Jan 21 - 08:06 PM

Come on Dick you're not usually so shy.

Do tell all!


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Capo da Monty
Date: 05 Jan 21 - 12:39 PM

Well deserved indeed!
I had the pleasure and privilege of doing support for John (with the late great Roy Bailey) a while ago.
Wonderful musician and great supporter of the Folk scene.
Stay safe and well John.

CdM


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Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick awarded an MBE
From: Mr Red
Date: 06 Jan 21 - 04:35 AM

He plays and calls for ceilidhs at the same time - I once travelled 120 miles just to dance at a Mrs Gubbin's Bicycle ceilidh. We made a weekend of it.

We wrote excellent dances but he preferred to use the original tune for trad dances. I once queried his 8 couples for "Sir Roger de Coverley" - his reply was "As written" - it was superb - as you would expect.


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