Tag Archives: Benji Kirkpatrick

On the Session after Bellowhead at Bristol


Jon Boden said at one point during the Bristol Bellowhead show that there might be live music happening at the Old Vic, with some people.  Which explains the huge line at the theatre door around 11–a line which stretched down King Street toward the still-noisy pubs, around a corner.  Lesley, Louise and I joined it, but …

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On Touring Bellowhead


In the Bellowhead world, this is the day everyone is “feeling fragile,” to quote my friend Lesley. Last night, this glorious band sold out their final show at the Oxford Town Hall, the same venue that hosted their first show, 12 years ago.  They ended with “Prickle-Eye Bush,” the first song they did in that …

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On John Jones: Never Stop Moving


I’ve been waiting, as have all the Ramblers, for this CD–and for a long part of the wait, since news of John Jones’ illness and surgery broke, with more of a sense of urgency than the usual pre-release expectation. Never Stop Moving does not disappoint. Perhaps my view is colored.  Most of the songs are familiar …

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On Bellowhead: Broadside


Back in the Ice Age, at my graduate school graduation, I made a speech entitled “The Value of Ignorance.”  My premise was that, if you recognize your own lack of knowledge, you give yourself the opportunity to rectify that lack; those people who firmly believe that they know everything–and we’ve all met them–never allow themselves …

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On John Jones & the Reluctant Ramblers at the Nettlebed Village Club


I will admit that one of the reasons I wanted to join John Jones’ White Horses Walk was that I was fascinated by the scenario:  walk the English countryside from gig to gig–live performances at pubs, clubs or other small venues.  This is the fourth year John Jones has planned these adventures out; this year, …

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