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Episode Twelve - The Shepherd's Calendar - November - John Clare

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Welcome to the twelfth episode of The Thunder Mutters, featuring 'November' 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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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, (using Clare’s grammar!) in order of appearance: Dull Care, Handels Gavott..(No2), Red Lyon Hornpipe, Lord Vincents Hornpipe, Peggy Band, Devils Dream, Poor Soldier. In addition to Clare’s poem, this episode also features a poem called ‘The Thunder Mutters’ by Elvis McGonagall.

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 29th October 2020],_1st_Earl_of_St_Vincent

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