Mikey Kirkpatrick

Welcome to my website. I am a flautist and singer often performing under the name Bird Radio. I compose, improvise and perform music inspired by a wide range of genres as well as collaborate with musicians, filmmakers, poets and sound artists. I am available for performances, composition commissions and flute lessons (with free lessons available from the newly formed Healing Flute Foundation). I broadcast regular internet radio shows such my flute improvisations (weekdays at 10am UK time) and Crookit Dreams ‘for the wild at heart’ with DJ Richard Sylvarnes every Friday at 10pm. I am also an associate lecturer in music and education at Goldsmiths University, the founding director of the community music project Alchemy and I have also started running online courses for New York’s Morbid Anatomy on Music, Healing and Deep Listening.

You can follow me on Instagram & Twitter.

Current performance projects include: Bird Radio, ZW Taiko & Flute Duo, Nighthaunts, Bonesandtheaft, Zero Times Everything and The Yunus Band.

Contact me: mikeykirkpatrick@gmail.com

June 2021 Radio Interview on RAFT (A London Story) with Chiara Ambrosio for Resonance 104.4FM 

Music Releases 

Vocal
2021
The Exorcist (I am that Stranger)
Eternal Love Songs for Stranded Lovers in Abandoned Cities (Heavenly Escape Beauty Corporation)
Sunflower Day – End of Year Acoustic Radio Concert – Songs past, present & future
2020
Third Uncle (single, with Zero Times Everything)
Anemones Came To My Mind Today (vocals by Jeremy Reed)
RAFT Soundtrack (DEMOS)
Dust Drifted Road (with Nighthaunts) 
UNIFORM (single)
2019
Beautiful Animals (single)
CROW (with Pig7)
One Shoe Mickey (with Bones And The Aft)
2017
NIGHTHAUNTS
You’ve Been Kind (with Bones And The Aft)
2016
The Boy and the Audience Acoustic Recordings
2015
Oh, Happy England
2013
The Boy and the Audience
2004 – 2011
The Stories of Rust (with JCH)
COMPASS (with JCH)
here there but somewhere (with JCH)
Nothing Escapes His Eye (with JCH)

Instrumental
2021
RootstooR (flute loop improvisations)
Alchemical Birds (flute loop improvisations)
2020
No Daylight Could Penetrate The Darkness (A Requiem for Arthur Harding)
Shrines (a book of photographs)
Sunday Lighthouse Flute Sessions (Sunday broadcast archive)
Three-Quarters Water (vocals by Nawroz Oramari)
The Pillar (inspired by the photography of Stephen Gill)
Yo Reinare – Music from the paintings of Federico De Francesco
Portals (Hilma Af Klint)
Mandalas
When The Grass Was Green – Graphic Scores Volume #1
Sunyata
SPACE (flute loop improvisations)
Reiki Flute Volume V – Elements
Reiki Flute Volume IV – Tree
Reiki Flute Volume III – Water
Reiki Flute Volume II – Symbols
Reiki Flute Volume I – Chakras
2017
The Blind Astronomer
2016
New York City Conversations
2009
Evoking The Winged Spirit

Music Videos / Films (Dir. Chiara Ambrosio)
LINEAGE
Never-to-Be
Fear
Time to Go Trilogy
Who Killed Cock Robin?
New Crop Rotations (The Stories of Rust)
Back of Beyond

Live Footage
Swirl of Words / Swirl of Worlds with Stephen Watts & Nawroz Oramari (Peer / Hundred Years Galley July 2021).
Lineage from CROW (live performance filmed for HARK! 2021)
Song for A Phallus from CROW (live performance filmed for HARK! 2021)
The Contender from CROW (live performance filmed for HARK! 2021)
Crow and the Sea from CROW (live performance filmed for HARK! 2021)
No Daylight Could Penetrate The Darkness (Live premiere performance at Bishopsgate Institute, London – Autumn 2020)
Dawn Over The City (Horse Hospital Tapes)
The Pallbearer (live at The Lexington)
Crow Darker than Ever (live at the Lexington)
Sakura Sakura with ZW Taiko & Flute Duo
Yunus Band (Sufi Music) concert at London Turkish Institute
Improvisation with Ney Master Murat Ferhat

Film Scores
RAFT Soundtrack (DEMOS)
La Frequenza Fantasma
A Walk Through Wooda

Theatre Scores
The Snow Queen (Trinity Theatre, dir. Kezia Cole)
Interbeing (2Theatre) 2019
Sleepyhead (Little Angel Theatre, dir. Michael Fowkes)
Losing It (2Theatre)
Happy Harry’s Cafe (Birdsnest Theatre / Polka Theatre)

Radio
Crookit Dreams – Internet radio for the wild at heart
Daily flute improvisations broadcast via Wild Lakes Radio
RAFT A London Story Song Residency 2020
Interview with John & Arthur Bently & Carole Finer on Resonance FM
Oh, Happy England on Sound Out (Resonance FM) with Carole Finer

Alchemy
In 2017 I launched Alchemy at Goldsmiths University, a professional music training and mentoring lab for 14-18 year olds in Lewisham, London.
Find out more: http://linktr.ee/goldsmithsalchemy
For more information, contact Mikey at m.kirkpatrick@gold.ac.uk.

Press: 

 Crow would be thrilled, I think. Bird Radio has got the swagger, and the terrible romanticism, and the sweetness in the bleakness. It’s deeply felt and riveting. Lots of work about or inspired by Crow is scared to be beautiful. He has to be beautiful or the ugliness fails.’ Max Porter, author of Grief is the thing with Feathers 

‘…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

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. The Student, Edinburgh Fringe 

‘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 

‘A mix of old testament preacher and Captain Beefheart.’  jazzman.com 

‘a flute-toting, bass drum-beating sensation’.  Rick Pearson, Evening Standard