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Every Mortal Place

John Kirkpatrick: Every Mortal Place (Fledg'ling FLED 3089)

Every Mortal Place
A CD of Shropshire Folk Music
John Kirkpatrick

Fledg'ling Records FLED 3089 (CD, UK, 21 January 2013)

A whole CD devoted to the traditional folk music of Shropshire, where John has lived since 1973. Four instrumental tracks and eleven songs featuring voice and squeezebox, with some big harmonies on a few choruses provided by John and Sally Kirkpatrick. Quite a few tracks are from the repertoire of Ray Driscoll; and the album title is from a phrase of the Passion carol Under the Leaves of Life.

Recorded by Oliver Knight at Panda Sound, Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, in July 2012;
Mixed by Oliver Knight and John Kirkpatrick;
Produced and arranged by John Kirkpatrick;
Sleeve design by David Suff


John Kirkpatrick, lead, chorus and harmony vocals, Anglo concertinas, melodeons, button accordion;
Sally Kirkpatrick, chorus and harmony vocals [4, 7, 10-11, 15]


  1. Wednesday Night / The Great Eastern Polka (4.25)
  2. The Packman's Staff (Roud 18306) (3.58)
  3. Lord Randal (Roud 24845) (5.24)
  4. Soul, Song (Roud 304) (4.25)
  5. Sweet Swansea (Roud 1612) (2.35)
  6. Shrewsbury Quarry / The Shrewsbury Lasses / The Shrewsbury Rakes (5.16)
  7. John Barleycorn (Roud 164; G/D 3:559) (4.16)
  8. Under the Leaves of Life (Roud 127) (5.30)
  9. New Dancers / The Bateuse / The What D'ye Call It jigs (5.34)
  10. Old Father Fox (Roud 131; G/D 3:499; Henry H38) (4.02)
  11. Tommy Suet's Ball (Roud 2139) (4.52)
  12. A Shropshire Lad (3.33)
  13. The Shropshire Militia Hornpipe (2.59)
  14. The Pompalarie Jig (Roud 18853) (4.10)
  15. While Shepherds Watched (Roud 936) (4.52)

All tracks trad. arr., adapted and with new words by John Kirkpatrick except
Track 12 words Sir John Betjeman, music Jim Parker