Christmas with John Kirkpatrick

ONE of the most prolific performers on the English folk scene, the brilliant accordion player and singer John Kirkpatrick, comes to Dorset with a new Christmas show, Carolling and Crumpets for three dates with Artsreach from 3rd to 5th December.

Taking its title from John’s unforgettable song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, Carolling and Crumpets is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at midwinter.

With these magical songs, John Kirkpatrick peels away the commercial gloss of modern Christmas to reveal the powerful pagan urges that race through us all at this time of year, and the life and death struggle that is symbolised in so many traditional songs and customs.

And if that all sounds just a little too intense, then rest assured that the mysterious and murky goings-on in these songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting, all come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses.

Add to the mixture a light-hearted smattering of hilarious original songs, a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and energy, and supported by his scintillating skill on a variety of squeeze-boxes, and you have an unbeatable recipe for a rattling good sing

A master of the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, John also has an enviable reputation as a fine singer and interpreter of English folk music.

The Artsreach concerts are at Ibberton village hall on Tuesday 3rd December, Hinton Martel village hall on Wednesday 4th and Litton Cheney community hall on Thursday 5th, all starting at 7.30pm.

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