Green Man Folk Club
We had John in concert in 2015 performing "The Farmers Year". Now he is returning with a new show. He is the veteran maestro of the English folk scene, and an impressive singer. Shirley Collins said he could "move me to tears with a song". His latest project, a collection of war songs, is in danger of being overlooked following the blitz of folk albums that marked the centenery of the start of the first world war, though Kirlpatrick's approach is slightly different: these songs from both the first and second world wars, ranging from the angry and ironic to the sentimental. So a charming and upbeat song about rationing, "Never Mind the Food Controller", is placed alongside "The Dying Soldier". Then there's Ewan MacColl's "Browned Off", from the days when he was a soldier , and a political treatment of "Run, Rabbit, Run". An often poignant history lesson.