John Kirkpatrick is recognised as one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He grew up with hearty sing-songs. playing recorder and piano, and joined the Hammersmith Morris Men, when he was twelve. There he took up the melodeon, button accordion, and the anglo concertina, and got hooked on the traditional songs that were accompanied with a post-dancing pint.
John has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.