1976 : Plain Capers

John Kirkpatrick: Morris Dance Tunes from the Cotswolds

01 : Glorishears
02 : Hammersmith Flyover
03 : Old Molly Oxford
04 : Black Jack / Old Black Joe / Old Black Joe
05 : Blue Eyed Stranger / Willow Tree
06 : Brighton Camp / The March Past
07 : Bobby and Joan / Bobbing-a-Joe
08 : Monk’s March / The Fieldtown Processional
09 : Sweet Jenny Jones / The Sherborne Jig / The Sherborne Jig
10 : Lumps of Plum Pudding
11 : Highland Mary / Highland Mary
12 : Wheatley Processional
13 : Maid of The Mill / Cuckoo’s Nest / William and Nancy
14 : The Buffoon / The Fool’s Jig
15 : Constant Billy / Constant Billy / Constant Billy

Additional track on the 2007 Free Reed re-issue:

16 : Laudnum Bunches

Additional video track on the 2007 Free Reed re-issue:

17 : Jon Cousins’ Plain Capers Film

First released in the UK 1976 by Free Reed FRR010
Issued on CD 1992 by Topic Records TSCD458

CD re-issued with additional tracks 2007 by Free Reed FRRR01

John Kirkpatrick: Anglo concertina, button accordion, two-row and four-stop-one-row melodeons, Jew’s harp
Sue Harris: oboe and hammered dulcimers

Martin Carthy: guitar
Martin Brinsford: mouth organ and tambourine
Fi Fraser: fiddle

Produced by John Kirkpatrick and Neil Wayne

Engineered by Alan Green at Mid-Wales Sound Studios

Front Photography: Paddy O’Beirnes
Design:  Sue Dransfield


‘PLAIN CAPERS’ – John Kirkpatrick’s definitive Morris album – was the iconic LP that launched the Free Reed label back in the mid-’70s: After his major input into the experimental ‘MORRIS ON’ LP in 1972, John K still felt that “the music of the Morris is exciting in itself”, without the ‘extra excitement’ of folk-rock/electric arrangements.

So for his Free Reed LP, he created this logical progression in the Morris music revival, which, became the premier source for all the magical marvelous excitement of the Morris – and the Free Reed label never looked back!
From the Free Reed website


One Response to 1976 : Plain Capers

  1. […] William & Nancy Probably the Morris tune that is available on the obscure 1976 live album “Folkfestival ’76 Dranouter”and John Kikpatrick’s “Plain Capers“. […]

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