12 Jun 2006:  Re-issue of PLAIN CAPERS and GOING SPARE
Neil Wayne, of Free Reed Records, has assured me that this year will see the re-appearance on CD of the two LPs I did for the company in the 1970s. "Plain Capers" is a collection of Cotswold Morris Tunes played by a specially assembled acoustic band, and "Going Spare" is a selection of my own tunes and songs, some with a folk rock backing.

The re-issue is part of a re-release of the whole Free Reed catalogue, pencilled in for October. Watch this space!

9 Jun 2006:  JK on RT Box Set Shock!
The recent boxed set "The Life and Music of Richard Thompson" issued by Free Reed Records (FRQCD-55) - with a total of six CDs, if you send off for the extra one - includes six tracks which are live recordings featuring JK on button accordion. One of them is one's own "The Gas Almost Works", and another is a band version of three morris tunes off "Morris On" going into "Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll", which we first did on some duo gigs in the early 1980s. The thick accompanying booklet features some rare photos of oneself in a suit and hat - worth buying for that alone! Details on

27 Apr 2006:  Casali Button Accordion For Sale
Matthew Wright, a research scientist at Southampton University, has a 48 bass (4 12) three-row (B/C/C#) button accordion for sale. It's made by Casali, and is the twin of my "spare" box, except that it's cream in colour instead of black. It's in decent nick - could do with a bit of work, but these instruments are like gold dust and are not to be sniffed at. Matthew is planning to put it on e-bay, but if you're interested, get in first: 023 8059 2153

11 Apr 2006:  THE SEVERN SUITE - Dancers required!
"The Severn Suite" is the name of a new piece of work commissioned by Philip Freeman of TASC, based in Llandinam, near Newtown, in Powys. Karen Tweed and I have concocted thirty minutes worth of new ceilidh dances and tunes, to be worked up into a premiere performance as part of the Second Seed weekend held June 9th - 11th. If you fancy having a go at some dances that are slightly more tricky than those normally done at your average ceilidh, and can get to a few rehearsals between now and June, please contact TASC on 01686 688102, or e-mail