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Episode Nine - The Shepherd's Calendar - August - John Clare

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Welcome to the ninth episode of The Thunder Mutters, featuring 'August' from John Clare's 'The Shepherd's Calendar’, performed by Adam Horovitz, and interspersed with tunes from Clare’s tune manuscripts performed by Becky Dellow.

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We’ll be taking a break for the rest of this month, but will return in September with the next episode, so please come back then and take a listen.

All the tunes in this episode have been taken from John Clare's tune manuscript books, and Becky's used the transcriptions provided by Marion Ross in George Deacon's book John Clare and the Folk Tradition (Sinclair Browne Ltd., 1983) as the basis for her arrangements.

The tunes, whose histories are discussed in the show, are listed here for your convenience, in order of appearance: The Portugal Dance, Black Ey’d Susan, Cherry Cheek’d Patty, Coolan, Dusty Miller, Rowley, Cosy [Olwen] aka Garryowen.

The Thunder Mutters’ theme tune is The Gardengate


Deacon, George, John Clare and the Folk Tradition (London: Frances Boutle Publishers, 2002)

Kuntz, Andrew, and Valerio Pelliccioni, Traditional Tune Archive (2017) <> [Accessed 5th August 2020] [Accessed 5th August 2020] [Accessed 5th August 2020]

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