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Saturday 7th November at 8pm
Tickets £13
Box Office: 01905 611427

John Kirkpatrick presents a full kitbag of songs from the two World Wars in a programme that highlights two different kinds of material.

As a singer, dancer and instrumentalist, John Kirkpatrick has been one of the most prominent figures on the English Folk Scene for many years. He has performed and recorded extensively both as a soloist and as a member of duos, groups and bands, presenting a repertoire of music, songs and dances firmly rooted in traditional English practice. He is also regarded as a particularly fine exponent of the button accordion, the Anglo concertina and the melodeon, and is frequently called upon as a mainstream session musician in fields of music quite outside the folk idiom.

On radio, he has hosted several programmes himself and been a frequent contributor to others, particularly in the specialist folk music slots, but also in the broader arts programmes such as Kaleidoscope, Night Waves and Reading Music.

With this special Tunes from the Trenches show, as you’d expect, there’ll be a fair old smattering of the popular hits of the day - designed to keep the spirits high, raise a smile, share a chorus, provide a moment’s respite from the horrors on every side, and give people the heart to keep going.

In addition, however, threaded through these selections, John will also give an airing to some of the songs sung on the Front Line by the service personnel themselves – tunes that were on everyone’s lips but wedded to new words, conjured up far from home by an army of ordinary folk doing their best to be good soldiers. You’ll hear how experiences on the front were dealt with and described with great directness, wit, robust humour, and, occasionally, very fruity language!

It's a sensational visual feast, in glorious period costume, with a dazzling array of hats. So Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, Keep the Home Fires Burning, and Run Rabbit Run to Huntingdon Hall for a night of great British nostalgia and superb musicianship.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01905 611427