John Kirkpatrick is one of the most talented and prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands. An outstanding master of the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, John has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, 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. We feel very fortunate to be hosting John at Ely Folk Festival this year – a welcome return after many years.