2010 - 2012
|BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS
JK is named as “Musician of the Year” in this edition of the annual awards, hosted by Mike Harding. As John was unable to attend, he sent Eddie Upton along with an acceptance speech in praise of the work done by local dance teams and musicians. Several dance organisations consequently asked permission to reprint the speech in their publications. Read it here.
|CHIPPING NORTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
JK does a third stint as adjudicator for the folk music section of this festival competition, and blasts through a few numbers himself to finish off the evening.
|JUMP AT THE SUN
The John Kirkpatrick Tune Book, with over 130 original tunes and a handful of “Additives”, is published by Quarry House Publishing. Mick Lynn set the music and compiled the book, which contains melodies, chords, a discography, a lengthy introduction, and a dazzling array of photos on the inside covers.
Series on BBC 4 TV
JK provides some original soundtrack music, played by himself and his son Benji and based on traditional nautical themes, for this series of three hour-long documentary films made by Available Light TV for BBC TV’s Sea Season.
This weekly country magazine programme has an episode devoted to what you might find people doing along Offa’s Dyke. John pops up to chat about Border Morris Dancing, and then transforms himself into a Shropshire Bedlam to show what it looks like in real life.
|VIC & BOB’S EVENING DELIGHTS
Popular comedians Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer ask John to join them to accompany a spoof folk song in their first live performance for many years, at a private event in Camden Lock, North London, for prize winners from their internet sketch series “Vic & Bob’s Afternoon Delights”.
|IT’S GOT BELLS ON
BBC Radio 2
JK’s is one of several voices to be heard on this one hour documentary about Morris Dancing, presented by Stewart Lee and produced by Julian May for Radio 2’s Dance Season.
|THE PIRATES – IN AN ADVENTURE
In the new film from Aardman Animation, directed by folkie and ex-morris dancer Peter Lord, JK plays Theodore Shapiro’s music for “Pirate with Accordion”, in the few brief moments the character is on screen. The other accordion parts on the soundtrack are, tragically, from another hand.
|THE NATIONAL THEATRE’S SONGMAN
JK is one of the small team of tutors assembled by John Tams for a week of folk music workshops in the National Theatre’s Studio. Dances, songs, and tunes are all thrown into the mix to build up the necessary experience for potential future cast members of “War Horse”, for which Mr Tams wrote the songs.