John Kirkpatrick – ‘Carolling & Crumpets’

The Nativity retold and English folklore explored by accordion maestro John Kirkpatrick – a lively evening of acoustic folk by candlelight which is sure to chase away the winter blues.

Thursday 8th December 2022, 7.30pm
(doors 7pm, café bar open from 6.30pm)

Unreserved pew seating.
Advance Tickets £15 / £13 concessions (£17 / £15 on the door)

Tickets available online or in the shop at John Wesley’s New Room.

Top off your evening with ‘loaded crumpets’ – available by pre-order (via ticket booking page).
Choose from:

  • Spiced caramelised apples and vanilla ice cream £6.95
  • Wensleydale with Cranberries topped with smoked back bacon and rocket.£6.95
  • Rosemary infused roasted vegetables and spinach £6.50

‘Carolling & Crumpets’ – now served with crumpets – takes its title from John’s unforgettable song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable.  This show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at Midwinter. John peels away the commercial gloss of modern Christmas to reveal the powerful pagan urges that race through us all at this time of year, and the life and death struggle that is symbolised in so many traditional songs and customs.

And if that all sounds just a little too intense, then rest assured that the mysterious and murky goings-on in these magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire, and incessant feasting, all come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add to the mixture a light-hearted smattering of hilarious original songs, a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and energy, and supported by his scintillating skill on a variety of squeeze-boxes, and you have an unbeatable recipe for having a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay.

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John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

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This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

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