Carolling and Crumpets – Warmington
Folk Music in Warmington
John Kirkpatrick, renowned melodeon, accordion and concertina player, will perform his solo Christmas show, “Carolling and Crumpets” in Warmington Church
Tickets are £10 in advance, or £12 on the door.
Phone Chris or Arlene on 01832 280445 for tickets, or more information.
Start your Christmas here with us and have a great evening.
John is one of the most prolific figures in the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and he has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.
John has lived in Shropshire since 1973, he still dances with the Morris team he founded in 1975, The Shropshire Bedlams.
With this solo show John continues his quest into the bizarre traditions and rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at Midwinter. Building on his previous work with the “Wassail” project, John presents a programme of songs and tunes that reflects his CD of seasonal material, also called “Carolling and Crumpets”.
Taking a profound look at the powerful pagan urges that race through us all at this time of year, John peels away the commercial gloss of modern Christmas to reveal the life and death struggle that is symbolised in so many traditional songs and customs. If that sounds a little too intense, then rest assured that the mysterious and murky goings-on in these magical 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 having a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay.