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The Thunder Mutters - Becky Dellow/Adam Horovitz EPISODE 15, 29th January 2021
Episode Fifteen - The Shepherd's Calendar - January - John Clare

Episode Fifteen - The Shepherd's Calendar - January - John Clare

Welcome to the fifteenth episode of The Thunder Mutters, featuring 'January' 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 will return next month with February, 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: Wounded Huzzar, Lincolnshire Rangers, Dorset shire March, The Storm, Top sail shivers, Lord Cathcart, Scarlet and Green, Stopford’s Reel, Wars Alarms.

The Thunder Mutters’ theme tune is The Gardengate

References:

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

Kuntz, Andrew, and Valerio Pelliccioni, Traditional Tune Archive (2017) <http://tunearch.org> [Accessed 2nd January 2021]