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Tunes From the Trenches

John Kirkpatrick: Tunes From the Trenches (Fledg’ling FLED 3099)

Tunes From the Trenches
Songs From the First and Second World Wars
John Kirkpatrick

Fledg’ling Records FLED 3099 (CD, UK, 18 September 2015)

Produced by John Kirkpatrick;
Recorded by Oliver Knight at Pandasound, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire, in October 2014 and April 2015 except
Bugle call recorded by Samuel Ewens at Remote Sessions, South West London;
Mixed by Oliver Knight and John Kirkpatrick


John Kirkpatrick: lead vocals, squeezeboxes, vibraslap, spoons, triangle, washboard, cabassa, metal ruler, acme thunderer whistle, samba whistle, swanee whistle, kazoo;
John, Jobie, Benji, George and Fergus Kirkpatrick: unison voices and humming;
Shane Brennan: bugle call


  1. Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag (Roud 24977) (3.51) /
    It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (Roud 37122) (3.43)
  2. The Squaddie in London (Roud 10189) (3.43)
  3. Old Joe Mills (Roud 29967) (3.36)
  4. Lloyd George’s Beer (Roud V53407) (2.54)
  5. Cleanin’ My Rifle (and Dreamin’ of You) (1.48)
  6. The Thing-Ummy-Bob (That’s Going to Win the War) (3.24)
  7. Here’s to the Mums and Dads (1.47)
  8. I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier (Roud V53403) (3.26)
  9. Down Forget-Me-Not Lane (2.49) /
    They Can’t Black Out the Moon (2.34) /
    When They Sound the Last All Clear (Roud S256020) (2.26)
  10. Run, Rabbit, Run (4.08)
  11. Would You Rather Be a Colonel? (2.22) /
    Sister Susie’s Sewing Shirts for Soldiers (RoudBS B83491) (3.01)
  12. Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye (1.15) /
    (We’re Gonna Hang Out) The Washing on the Siegfried Line (1.51) /
    Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major (Roud 16962) (1.33) /
    Bugle Call – “Rouse” (0.33) /
    Browned Off (3.00)
  13. Never Mind the Food Controller (3.24)
  14. The Dying Soldier (5.02)
  15. Keep The Home Fires Burning (Roud 25763) (2.57) /
    The Last Long Mile (Roud 15628) (4.22)

Track 1a words George Asaf, music Felix Powell;
Track 1b Jack Judge, Harry Williams;
Tracks 2-3, 14, 15b trad. arr. John Kirkpatrick;
Tracks 4, 13 R.P. Weston, Bert Lee;
Track 5 Allie Wrubel;
Track 6 Thompson, Heneker;
Track 7 Elsie & Doris Waters;
Track 8 words Alfred Bryan, music Al Piantadosi;
Track 9a Reg Morgan, Charlie Chester, Horatio Nicholls;
Track 9b Art Strauss, Bob Dale, Sonny Miller;
Track 9c words Lewis Elton, music Hugh Charles;
Track 10 words Noel Gay, Ralph Butler, music Noel Gay;
Track 11a words Sidney D. Mitchell, music Archie Gottler;
Track 11b words R.P. Weston, music Herman Darewski;
Track 12a words Phil Park, music Harry Parr-Davies;
Track 12b Jimmy Kennedy, Michael Carr;
Track 12c Art Noel, Don Pelosi;
Track 12d trad.;
Track 12e words Ewan MacColl, music Sunlight by Winfield S. Weeden;
Track 15a words Lena Guilbert Ford, music Ivor Novella