10 Apr 2006:  Morris Dancing on Easter Monday
The Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny Dish will be undertaking their usual Easter Monday morris tour around North Herefordshire, with four stops during the day:
11.00 a.m. The Lion, Leintwardine
12.00 noon The Compasses Inn, Wigmore
1.00 p.m. The Bell Inn, Yarpole
3.00 p.m. Croft Castle

8 Apr 2006:  Guitar For Sale
My son Benji has bought himself a new guitar, and would like to sell his old one. You might have seen him playing it with Magpie Lane, Dr Faustus, Bellowhead, and with his Dad and elder brother in Mr Gubbins’ Bicycle, as well as on his own solo gigs.

It’s a Fender Semi-Acoustic Jumbo Cut Away, with a Fishman Pick-up (with EQ). It comes with a hard case, and he says it’s well played but sounds great. Yours for just £350.00.

Please don’t ask me about this! Benji is on tour this month with Bellowhead, or can be found at

2 Apr 2006:  Howard Evans dies
With great sadness, I have to report that Howard Evans, the trumpeter with Brass Monkey, as well as with The Home Service, died on March 17th. He had to leave the stage in great pain at a Brass Monkey gig in Nettlebed Folk Club in May 2004, and was consequently diagnosed with cancer of the intestines. After an immediate operation he had continuous treatment, and for some time the disease was well into remission, and Howard was able to fulfil his duties at his job in the Musicians Union. But although he kept hoping to meet up for a play through some tunes, he actually never played again, and went into a sudden decline in the weeks leading up to his death.

We had been friends and colleagues for nearly thirty years. It’s a stunning blow, and we shall all miss him very much indeed. At his funeral the rest of Brass Monkey said goodbye by playing The Old Grenadier, the military slow march that Howard had taught us,.

28 Mar 2006:  Two New J.K. CDs coming soon
Two new John Kirkpatrick CDs coming soon – both on the Fledg’ling label.

In May I shall be recording a new CD of Christmas and Midwinter material, provisionally titled “Carolling and Crumpets”. Since the “Wassail” project in the 1990’s I have continued to do solo Christmas shows, and have gradually amassed enough songs and tunes to fill a new record. There will be some traditional items, some self-composed - including last year’s Christmas Pudding Song - and the new title track, set amongst the cows in the stable at Bethlehem! This should be out in time for Christmas this year.

A new solo as-if-live studio recording of the current general repertoire will take place in the autumn. This will be similar in approach to the 1998 CD “One Man and His Box”, but probably with a bigger smattering of original compositions, both songs and tunes. Likely release date in early 2007.