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Episode Seven - The Shepherd's Calendar - July - John Clare
Episode 710th July 2020 • The Thunder Mutters • Becky Dellow/Adam Horovitz
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Welcome to the seventh episode of The Thunder Mutters, featuring 'July' 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 coming back later this month with another episode featuring more of your responses to John Clare, 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:

Paddy Wack, Gee O’Dobbin, Soldiers Cloak, Come to the Bower, Welsh Jigg, Paties Mill, Speed the Plough.

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 9th July 2020]

Nelson-Burns, Lesley, The Contemplator's Folk Music and Carolan Resource Center (2014)

<> [Accessed 9th July 2020]