Photo by Louise Roberts – World Premiere at Port Eliot Festival 2018.
OUT NOW – CROW (Ted Hughes, Bird Radio, pig7)
RAFT – A LONDON STORY film score and RESONANCE radio residency. Chiara Ambrosio’s new feature film ‘RAFT’ will be released in 2020. In the meantime, she has a monthly radio show on RESONANCE 104.4fm which I am composing a new song for every episode, as a way to build the soundtrack for the final film, along with sound design and field recordings. Follow the blog and listen to the shows here: http://raftalondonstory.com
Bird Radio was selected as a 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Favourite by The Student! ‘Mesmerising and mystical. Enchanting and awe inspiring. Those are but a few words that do little really to divulge the sheer wonder of this performer and the pleasure it was to be in his presence…’ Read the full review here.
Oh, Happy England (2015)
Oh, Happy England is a song-cycle of Walter de la Mare poetry settings, composed in 2014 on residency at Aldeburgh Music. It became a full album and stage show with a band: Aki Fujimoto on drums, Simon Deacon on piano, Tobion on guitar/bass and Laura Moody on cello. Oh, Happy England is available to sample on soundcloud. You can buy a hardcopy from Cherry Red Records, or digitally from iTunes. I also kept a blog during the process of making the album that can be found here.
The Boy and the Audience (2013)
Buy album direct from Bird Radio (e-mail mikeykirkpatrick(at)gmail.com)
The Boy and the Audience was recorded over a couple of years, draws together solo material composed while touring live with voice, flutes, suitcase bass drum and loop pedals. The album features Othon on piano for the last song of the album, Time to Go, which is also the name of the film trilogy directed by Chiara Ambrosio, available to watch online here. The Boy and the Audience is available as a hardcopy via Bandcamp, or digitally from iTunes.
La Frequenza Fantasma
A Walk Through Wooda
A Walk Through Wooda EP film and song-cycle made in collaboration with Chiara Ambrosio on residency at Wooda in North Cornwall. The films are available to watch here on Chiara’s website. The EP is available to download from iTunes.
‘…folk-horror of the darkest hue…his voice soaring like Scott Walker… Bird Radio fulfils his early promise as a musical storyteller of rare power.’ Steve Hunt, fRoots
‘Bird Radio shines out as a unique and eccentric creative force reimagining sound and text in such playful and inventive ways.’ Sam Lee
‘Bird Radio (aka Mikey Kirkpatrick) has the energy of Bob Log III and Son of Dave, along with the sheer inventiveness of Thomas Truax.’ Bearded Magazine
‘In a climate where the emphasis is on individual tracks this re-conveys the “album” as a statement – and blimmin eck this is a colossal one. If I haven’t already heard the album of 2015 I’ll be very surprised.’ Lee McFadden, Alternative TV
‘A mix of old testament preacher and Captain Beefheart…’ – jazzman.com
‘…a flute-toting, bass drum-beating sensation…’ – Rick Pearson, Evening Standard
‘… future medieval, as if J.G. Ballard had written The Wicker Man.’- Steve Chandra Savale, Asian Dub Foundation