John Kirkpatrick **SOLD OUT**
Currently touring the brand new CD that’s taking the world by storm – “COAT-TAILS FLYING”

John is 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 (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), 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, 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.

John has lived in Shropshire since 1973, where he still dances with the Morris team he founded in 1975, The Shropshire Bedlams.

English Folk Dance and Song Society's Gold Badge 2003
(Awarded for his outstanding contribution to English Folk Music)


“Kirkpatrick's buoyant presence and lust for this music sounds more rampant than ever”Colin Irwin – fRoots Magazine 2009


3rd Feb, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
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Reg Meuross Folking.com's ’Soloist of the Year’ 2019, Reg Meuross is now touring with new solo album RAW. The breadth and depth of his material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it. Accompanying himself on his ‘44 Martin six-string guitar, tenor guitar, banjo, dulcimer, and harmonica, new album RAW is the sound of one man and his songs. Witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.

“The remarkable singer-songwriter that is Reg Meuross” SEAN RAFFERTY BBC RADIO 3

“Powerful and moving songwriting” TELEGRAPH MUSIC

“A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy

“Classic, with echoes of early Dylan, Tom Paxton and Leonard Cohen” THE GUARDIAN


22nd Feb, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£12/£10 concessions


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Miranda Sykes Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities & societies & where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant & beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower us.

28th Mar, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£12/£10 concessions


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Belinda O'Hooley Solo Piano ‘Inversions’
Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pi-anist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emo-tional, yet sensitive musicality. She is half of four time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nomi-nees O’Hooley & Tidow alongside her wife Heidi Tidow; together described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters.’ Their song ‘Gentleman Jack’ features as the closing theme song for Sally Wainwright’s latest BBC/HBO drama series Gentleman Jack. Belinda is also known for her inventive, minimalist, sometimes flamboyant accompanying of folk luminaries including Rufus Wainwright, Nic Jones, Jackie Oates and the Mercury nominated; Rachel Unthank and The Winterset.

‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland. With the passing of her father in 2017, Belinda; the first woman to be handed the tradition, has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her very own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm.

Gently nurtured, produced and recorded by Heidi Tidow at MOMA Wales, the mountains, valleys and landscapes of Snowdonia also provide the backdrop to a trio of compositions; each celebrating a deep love of the nature and wildlife of this breathtaking part of Wales.

‘Inversions’ encapsulates the essence of an artist truly at one with her instrument.
‘Exquisite’ * * * * * The Guardian

‘Defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.’ The Independent

‘Dense, complex, beautifully performed.’ * * * * Songlines


16th Apr, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£12/£10 concessions


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The Gigspanner Big Band "They don't play together often, but when they do it's spectacular" R2 Magazine

The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music.
Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’.


Beginning life as a trio - with former Steeleye Span fiddle player Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray.
As collaborations go, it doesn't get much more mouth-watering than this.

While Peter Knight, as part of Steeleye Span’s classic 1970s line-up, helped invent a brand of folk rock that is still influential today, John Spiers, has had an equally profound impact on the landscape of traditional music over the last two decades.

Characterised by riotous inventiveness, technically gifted individual playing and subtle collaborative interaction, this coming together of several of the biggest names on the folk-roots scene, combines a deep knowledge of roots traditions with a ceaselessly boundary pushing approach.

Taking self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, they produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered within a wealth of subliminal musical influences “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” Spiral Earth

Unsurprisingly, the superlatives have come thick and fast...

"One of the best live bands you are likely to see this year, or any year for that matter" Folk Radio UK

"True creativity speaks to the heart and entertains the mind with fresh ideas and images, and what brilliant entertainment this is. Knight has a knack for identifying the essence of a tune or song, pulling it apart and presenting it back to you in a way that surprises and refreshes. Hannah Martin and Phillip Henry simply make sublime music that has an otherworld of undercurrents and motifs woven through it. Put them all together and some alchemical magic occurs" Spiral Earth

"Totally blown away by the spellbinding Gigspanner Big Band set at Cropredy. Lost for words..." Folking. com

"What a fabulous team they make, together producing a startlingly new musical form form with few, if any, antecedents, even within the hallowed world of prog and folk-rock. The flights of musical fancy are staggering in their natural invention" Fatea Magazine


21st Apr, 8.00pm
St. Andrew's Church. Church St, Wiveliscombe. TA4 2LR.
£22/£20 concessions


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Will Pound's A Day Will Come Acclaimed harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound is embarking on a musical journey across the states of the European Union, to discover and unveil the diversity and common ground of their traditional music and song. From the lively Swedish polska to the upbeat Italian tarantella, the lilt of the Irish jig, to buoyant French bourées, relentless rachenistas from Bulgaria and the rip-roaring Spanish jota – these tunes have travelled, evolved and merged as Europeans have enjoyed freedom of movement and expression, a shining example of the strength and joy in unity.

Together with Polish poet, Bohdan Piasecki, and a live band featuring Jenn Butterworth (Songs of Separation, Kinnaris Quintet), multi-instrumentalist Jude Rees (Jim Moray, RSC, Pilgrims Way), bass player and beatboxer John Parker (Nizlopi) and fiddle player Patsy Reid (Breabach), join Will and be uplifted by the joyous sounds of the traditions of a continent and hear the stories and hopes of those affected by the politics of division.

An accompanying album featuring this new ensemble, alongside a host of guest musicians, will be released in May 2020.

About Will Pound:
Three-times Nominated BBC Radio 2 'Folk Musician of the Year'
Spiral Earth Magazine 'Musician of the Year' 2015
FATEA Magazine 'Instrumentalist of the Year' 2011, 2014

A flat out genius harmonica player Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
One of the most outstanding instrumentalists in the country today BBC Radio Scotland

About Bohdan Piasecki:
Bohdan is able to make his audience laugh and cry within a few minutes Jenna Clake, UoBlogFest
...an authentically delivered set of pieces inspired by memories of childhood, family roots and social change in his motherland. Bohdan goes down a storm in his own right. Rina Vergano, Bristol 24/7


5th May, 8.00pm
St. Andrew's Church. Church St, Wiveliscombe. TA4 2LR.
£18/£16 concessions


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