Bothy's autumn season opens with the great John Kirkpatrick as the guest. John is a multi-talented performer, being an expert performer of reed instruments (squeeze boxes in popular parlance), a singer of interesting and sometimes unusual folk songs, a lifelong Morris dancer, and in his marginal time has been a composer, choreographer and musical director, contributing to dozens of stage and radio plays.
He is highly regarded as a solo performer, but the list of musicians and singers he has collaborated with reads like a Who's Who of the folk scene for the last half century, so highly is he regarded by his peers. A peek at his impressive gig history will tell you more.
He is not averse to a bit of fun and has twice opened for the Lunchtime Legends (for whom I sing) during Whitby Folk Week when he played rock & roll sets. Despite that setback, he remains one of the stars of the folk scene, although you'd never know it from his unpretentious and friendly manner. It's going be a busy night, so best not arrive late.
That's this Sunday 9 September at the Bothy Folk Club in the Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport, PR9 0JS at 8.00pm. Tickets available on-line here. The Park Golf Club serves real Thwaites beer.