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Episode Seventeen - The Shepherd's Calendar - March - John Clare
Episode 1726th March 2021 • The Thunder Mutters • Becky Dellow/Adam Horovitz
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Welcome to the seventeenth episode of The Thunder Mutters, featuring 'March' 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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This is our final episode featuring Clare’s ‘Shepherd’s Calendar’ and we will be having a month off in April, ready to return in May with a new project.

All the tunes in this episode have been taken from John Clare's tune manuscript books, and Becky has 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: St David’s Day, Way To Get Married, Kingsbridge Assembly, Capt Mackintosh, Coming Through The Rye, Archers Dance, Montrose Reel and The Irish Roodalum.

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 2nd January 2021]