Every Mortal Place the new album from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year 2010 John Kirkpatrick, is an absolutely extraordinary new solo recording from the English “Squeezebox” King concentrating on a traditional repertoire from Shropshire.
As John says: “Having lived in Shropshire for thirty-nine years, and having always included a certain amount of musical material from the county given half a chance, I am proud to announce that I have now completed a whole CD of Shropshire music for Fledg’ling Records.”
The CD is sung and played by John, with Sally Kirkpatrick adding chorus and harmony vocals on five songs. The rather attractive digipac includes full notes giving background to all the tracks and an introduction by no less a personage than Shirley Collins, President of The English Folk Dance & Song Society.
“I know of no-one who can match his stage-presence, or come near him for integrity, authenticity, variety, humour and glorious breath-taking bravura in performance… The breadth of his repertoire is quite astounding, pervaded by a great sense of humanity, a true and very fine representation of the common people that most of the songs and music came from. John Kirkpatrick will, for me, always be English music’s ‘Mighty Heart of Oak’.” Shirley Collins
John Kirkpatrick : vocals and various Anglo concertinas, melodeons and Button-accordions.
Sally Kirkpatrick : chorus and harmony vocals
Wednesday Night / The Great Eastern Polka
The Packman’s Staff
Shrewsbury Quarry / The Shrewsbury Lasses / The Shrewsbury Rakes
Under The Leaves Of Life
New Dancers / The Bateuse / The What D’ye Call It
Old Father Fox
Tommy Suet’s Ball
A Shropshire Lad
The Shropshire Militia Hornpipe
The Pompalarie Jig
While Shepherds Watched
Release date : 21st January 2013
Barcode number : 5020393 308922