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Album Review

You could think of this as John Kirkpatrick's English album, but that would simply be doing a disservice to so many that he's released before. But with a song about St. George, who also features on the CD cover, you have to wonder if he's making a bit of a point about England, especially when he includes "The Farmers and the Cow," a cautionary tale of agriculture and litigation. This double CD replicates his live set, completely solo, a mix of tunes — original and traditional — and songs ranging from the hilarious "I Wanna Go Twang" to children's ballads. He's a masterful musician, putting a real physical presence into his accordion playing, and he can really push a tune along in cracking fashion. His singing not be on a par, but he can still present a song convincingly, whether it's a take on "Lord Bateman," "The Wild, Wild Berry," or "Nelson's Death and Victory." If you know Kirkpatrick's work, then you have a good idea what to expect here, even stripped right down as Make No Bones presents it. If you don't, then this is a good way to be introduced to a real folk master.


Born: 08 August 1947 in Chiswick, London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A thorough understanding of folk traditions and a virtuosic mastery as an instrumentalist, John Kirkpatrick has risen to the top echelon of British folk music. A master of the button accordion, Anglo concertina, and melodeon, Kirkpatrick has balanced solo work; collaborations with his ex-wife and hammered dulcimer and oboe player Sue Harris in the 1980s; and session work with a lengthy and diverse list of artists, including Richard Thompson, Pere Ubu, Steeleye Span, Tarika Sammy, Gerry Rafferty,...
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