Special Projects

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2000 - 2004

2000
1999 - 2001 THE AMERICAN MORRIS NEWSLETTER
An extended series of articles featuring JK's views on The Shropshire Bedlams, Border Morris and Morris dancing generally. Reprints of 'Bordering on the Insane' (1979), the talk at 'Border Roots and Revival' (1992), along with new interviews and correspondence.
Read these here...

  LET'S MOVE
BBC Radio 3. Produced by Deborah Bellman.
Played for another term's worth of dancing for schools.
  VOCAL CHORDS 2000
Choir Festival organised by Folkworks at Newcastle Playhouse.
Commissioned to arrange three songs from the repertoire of Roy Bailey for the Newcastle College Choir 'Free Voices', conducted by Katherine Zeserson, to sing with Roy Bailey as part of a four-day festival celebrating the diversity of vocal styles.
  VOICES 2000
The Wren Trust
Commissioned by Devon's Folk Music Project, The Wren Trust, to write and arrange two new songs for choirs to perform at their millennium celebration in song at a concert in Plymouth. 'The Song of the Weaver' for the Exeter Choir, and 'From the Moor to the Sea' for the South Devon Choir.
  LITTLE GREY RABBIT
ITV Children's series. Directed by Jean Flynn, Produced by Dan Maddicott
Invited by Martin Carthy to join him and his daughter, Eliza, in providing a dense soundtrack of traditional English tunes for two series of animated films for the very young, based on the books by Alison Uttley.
  CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN
Commercial Feature Film
Played a few concertina chords in Stephen Warbeck's music - heard in the scene where Nicholas Cage tries his tune out for the first time
  What Do You Do in the Day?
'WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE DAY?'
The John Kirkpatrick Song Book, published by Quarry House Publishing
The John Kirkpatrick Songbook, with 48 original songs and one monologue, is published by Quarry House Publishing. Mick Lynn set the music and edited the book, which contains words, melodies, chords, notes on the songs, a brief biography and a discography.
Read the introduction here...
  THE ACCESSIBLE MARCHES
The Dog Rose Trust of Ludlow
Asked to be 'The Voice of Shropshire' for this local sound guide, released on cassette as a tourist aid for the visually impaired. A Clun Valley Leader II Project.
  TUNES FROM THE TRENCHES -
THE CONCERT PARTY

Bishop's Castle Community College
The fourth annual Remembrance Day event, with JK as Musical Director and pit orchestra for a specially formed Community Choir singing songs of both World Wars. Recorded and later released as a cassette by the College.
   
2001
  HOW TO PLAY THE ENGLISH MELODEON -
VOLUME III

Mrs Casey Music
A third video tutor released due to public demand!
  TUNES FROM THE TRENCHES -
THE CONCERT PARTY

Cassette release by Bishop's Castle Community College of last year's Remembrance Day concert.
  ANTIGONE
by Sophocles, translated by Robert Fagles, directed by Nigel Bryant. Marlborough College
Devised and taught choreography and stylised movement in masks for the chorus of this Greek tragedy in a college production.
  DIRECT ROOTS
Published by Mrs Casey Music.
JK was invited by editor Alan Bearman to contribute the article on English folk music for this new guide and directory of folk music and arts.
  FROM HELL
Commercial Feature Film
Played a few concertina tunes, by composer Trevor Jones, for a street scene in this Victorian story.
  HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE
Commercial Feature Film
Played a few bars of mad concertina music by composer John Williams, heard in the 'Leaky Cauldron' pub scene.
  FANTASTIC MR FOX
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Roald Dahl’s story for children is adapted for the stage by David Wood and directed by Kathi Leahy. JK composes incidental music and performs it on the recorded soundtrack for the show. John also sets tunes for the songs and rehearses them with the cast, a core professional company enhanced by a large group of community and child actors.
  OLIVER TWIST
Marlborough College, Wiltshire.
By Charles Dickens, dramatised and directed by Nigel Bryant. JK’s incidental music from the 1994 BBC Radio 4 production is dusted off for this college production.
  MICAWBER
TV Series starring David Jason.
Accordionist in the band playing composer Nick Bicat's music on the soundtrack.
   
2002
  MICAWBER
ITV
A few more episodes of the series starring David Jason in new stories based on Dickens’ characters. JK once again features prominently on the soundtrack of composer Nick Bicat’s music. All the episodes are later released on video and DVD.
  FOLK MUSIC DEGREE
JK is visiting fellow, guest lecturer and teacher for a week on the Newcastle upon Tyne Folk Music Degree Course.
  PASSING NOTES
JK is one of the team of professional folkies invited to be a mentor for a year, on this scheme organised by Roger Watson and Chris Jaeger, of Huntingdon Hall in Worcester. John’s student is the singer and melodeon player Paul Scourfield. A couple of days’ workshops are followed up by occasional days of tutoring, ending in a final concert at the Hall which included a few numbers by John and Paul together.
  FANFARE FOR THE SOUTH WEST
JK is commissioned by Folk South West to arrange a selection of traditional songs and some original melodies composed by Gina Le Faux into one continuous piece of music lasting about thirty minutes. Initially The Fanfare was the core piece worked on by students at the Folk South West Easter School, with a premier performance at the end of the school. The project continued in 2003.
  INTERNATIONAL CONCERTINA ASSOCIATION
At the AGM it was proposed, carried unanimously, and therefore decreed that Honorary Life Membership of the Association be awarded to John Kirkpatrick for his outstanding contribution to the preservation, promotion, and development of The Concertina.
   
2003
  A PLACE CALLED ENGLAND
BBC Radio 3
JK is amongst a huge number of English folkies performing and discussing Traditional English Folk Music in a special programme taking over Radio 3 for a whole evening. This extravaganza, which lasted four and a half hours, was hosted by Fiona Talkington and produced by David Corser for Monty Funk Productions Ltd.
  FANFARE FOR THE SOUTH WEST
Continuing the project which started in 2002, the next step in this epic undertaking involved recording the work for a CD, with JK producing as well as playing extensively himself, and drawing on the resources of The Stanchester Quire and a large cast of professional folkies. Then there was a public performance by festival guests and a massive number of workshop participants at Sidmouth Folk Festival, which John conducted, and a smaller company at the festival at Hambridge, conducted by Eddie Upton, with John leading the band.
  EFDSS GOLD BADGE
At Sidmouth Folk Festival, during the concert performance of “Fanfare For The South West”, John was presented with The Gold Badge of the EFDSS. It is the highest honour the Society can bestow, reserved for those who are felt to have made an outstanding contribution to Traditional English Folk Music. The citation was written and read by Eddie Upton, and the badge was presented by Mike Wilson Jones.
  BRISTOL SCHOOLS
JK undertakes a series of concerts for the pupils of Primary Schools in Bristol, along with fellow musician Paul Burgess, to try out the idea of stimulating creative writing through music and song.
  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare, directed by Nigel Bryant at Marlborough College, Wiltshire.
As musical director JK sets the songs to music, devises choreography for numerous dances, and arranges his incidental music for performance by the college students.
  JOHN KIRKPATRICK’S ENGLISH CHOICE
Dave Mallinson – known to one and all as “Mally” – asks John to compile a volume of 101 traditional English dance tunes, to be part of his “Mally.com” series of individual selections by well known instrumentalists. The book contains the melodies, both in the key preferred by John and in the original key if that’s different, chords, some notes on the tunes, a few photos, and a lengthy introduction. You can also hear John sitting playing the tunes through on his various squeezeboxes on two companion CDs released by Mally – “Orlando’s Return” and “Garrick’s Delight” – where John is joined on two thirds of the tunes by his son Benji on guitar, bouzouki, or banjo.
  THE FIRST STEPS
JK and fellow morris dancer Janet May compile a book containing about half the repertoire of The Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden’s Tuppenny Dish. Published by the teams, the book gives their history and development, with detailed notation of the dances and tunes.
   
2004
  SWEET WAS THOSE NOTES
The Songs of Somerset - ITV West
This was a three part television series, made by Available Light TV for ITV West and presented by Eliza Carthy, discussing and portraying the traditional songs and singers of Somerset. JK appears in one episode which covered the making and recording of “Fanfare for the South West” from 2003. John discusses how on earth you arrange music and song in this context, and is seen supervising the recording process.
  A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
The Drama & Theatre Arts Department, Staffordshire University.
JK is musical director, coaxing vocal performances out of the third year degree students who put together this documentary play on the theme of ‘diversity’. Directed by Chris Martin.
  BRISTOL PRIMARY SCHOOLS
JK undertakes another tour of short concerts in Primary Schools around Bristol, along with Paul Burgess. The idea is to stimulate ideas for creative writing by the children. This year the theme is Highwaymen and Outlaws.
  YERMA
The play by Federico Garcia Lorca, directed by Nigel Bryant at Marlborough College, Wiltshire. As musical director, JK re-writes the songs in the text, translated from the original Spanish, in the style of Traditional English Folk Song, and devises stylised movement and ritual in this production by the college students.
  DISTANT SHORES
JK contributes to the soundtrack in Nick Bicat’s music for this TV series starring Peter Davidson.
   
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