The Duck Race 2004

Folks A'Bunchum
Taking Sides
Morris On. 1972
Son of Morris On. 1976
Grandson of Morris On. 2002
Great Grandson of Morris On. 2004
Morris On The Road. 2005
Morris On The Road 2006
The Magic Of Morris. 2005
Rattlebone and Ploughjack. 1976
West Midlands Morris
The Duck Race 2004
Womens Morris Sides

Morris Dance tunes from

The Duck Race 2004[click for larger image]
Fledg'ling FLED 3043 2004

The subtitle of ths truly great album, Morris Dance Tunes from Shropshire, really gives the game away. It features tunes used by Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny Dish - the two Bishops Castle-based sides with which JK has been associated for the best part of a generation. Some are Trad. Arr., some are written by members of the two teams which of course include John and Sally Kirkpatrick. Capering, shouting and general chaos are the order of the day and in fact the title track is a dance which John invented in 1998 as a finishing off-piece.
This is just John, on various boxes including single and 2 row melodeons, treble, bass and baritone concertinas, occasionally overdubbed in self-duets. Tunes are traditional, or original tunes 'in the tradition

Would much of the modern interest in Morris have emerged without John's work in the album Morris On? This may be a question for future academics to debate at length. This glorious record is very far from being an academic piece, however. Rather it is a vibrant and vigorous example of the music which has been crafted over the years, and indeed continues to be written, to nurture the Morris traditions, and which, God knows, we need in this world. Morris On!

Bluff King Hal
The Dancing Oolert / The Jubilee Clip
Fair Play / Traveller's Joy

Old Towler / Sawdl y Fuwch

The Herefordshire Lasses / The Buffoon

Shreds And Patches

The Middle Road / The Daisy Chain


The Gazebo Trot / Britvitting In The Cauliflowers

John Locke's Polka / Sucha A Getting Upstairs I Never Did See / Polly Put The Kettle On / Speed The Plough

The Waterloo Dance

The One Armed Bandit

Stretching With Edward / Pontylinks

April Fool


The Brecon Hornpipe / Capturing

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