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GUEST,Pete Shaw 08 Jun 08 - 09:31 AM
Cats 08 Jun 08 - 01:51 PM
GUEST,Dave Bishop 09 Jun 08 - 05:21 AM
GUEST,Jim Martin 09 Jun 08 - 07:37 AM
mattkeen 09 Jun 08 - 10:33 AM
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peregrina 10 Jun 08 - 01:30 PM
Brian Peters 10 Jun 08 - 03:41 PM
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GUEST,Pete Shaw 11 Jun 08 - 05:03 AM
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Subject: John Clare Festival 2008
From: GUEST,Pete Shaw
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 09:31 AM

John Clare, Northamptonshire Poet and fiddler, was a remarkable man.
The JOHN CLARE FESTIVAL 11-13 July 2008 celebrates his life and work in Helpston, near Peterborough, the village he loved so much http://www.johnclare.org.uk/jcsevents.htm

FRIDAY 11 JULY
6pm: Guided Walk around Helpston - meet at the Buttercross in the village centre
7.30pm: MUSIC - JOHN CLARE'S BIRTHDAY SONG & MUSIC SESSION - free -
with refreshments - in the barn behind the Exeter Arms, Helpston.
SATURDAY 12 JULY
from 10am, book & other stalls in the School
12-2: Lunch at Blue Bell, Exeter Arms or Village Hall. Morris & Folk Dance displays
2pm: TALK - POETS & FIDDLERS: MUSICAL TRADITIONS IN THE
POETRY OF CLARE, HARDY & BARNES - an illustrated talk by Dave
Townsend, concertina, fiddle player & singer - exploring their poetic
responses to the music of their own communities (marquee behind school)
3: Coach tour with commentary (ticket needed) from outside the School, visiting Glinton, Northborough/Maxey Mill
3: Guided Walk around Helpston - meet at the Buttercross in the village centre
5.30: Poetry readings in St Botolph's Church - bring a favourite Clare poem
7pm (to 9pm): CONCERT in the marquee behind the school- THE MELLSTOCK
BAND present music and songs of rural England on voice, oboe,
clarinet, concertina, fiddle & serpent. Tickets: £10, students & senior citizens £8 from Pete Shaw 01778 571563 0r 07946 758197
http://www.mellstockband.com/
9: Music in the Blue Bell by Ock 'n Dough - Northamptonshire Folk group    http://www.ockndough.co.uk/
The JOHN CLARE FESTIVAL 11-13 July 2008 celebrates his life and work in the village he loved so much http://www.johnclare.org.uk/jcsevents.htm


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: Cats
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 01:51 PM

Hi Pete. I still have very fond memeories of Peterborough and my copy of the John Clare book is very well thumbed and used. If this festival is anything like as good as the book it will be worth going to. I'd love to come but too far from deepest Cornwall to drive up after school on Friday and get back Sunday night. Kathy wallis.


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: GUEST,Dave Bishop
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 05:21 AM

I've been attending the John Clare Festival every year since the early 80s. For me it's an event that I wouldn't want to miss.

In the past it's had a bit of an 'Eng. Lit. Crit.' feel about it (which is OK as Clare was/is an important literary figure). But in the last couple of years it seems to have broadened out a bit to embrace more aspects of Clare's life and interests.

Last year the Society's new Patron, Richard Mabey (perhaps our finest living natural history writer - go out and buy and read all of his books immediately!) talked about Clare's interest in wild flowers. This year the focus is to be on Clare and Folk Music - see Pete Shaw's post above.

Since the members of the Society have managed to acquire Clare's cottage (and have exciting plans for it), and a local group called 'The Langdyke Trust' have managed, among other things, to set up at least one nature reserve near the village, Helpstone looks set to be an important centre for anyone interested in English rural life - its history, lore (including Folk Song) and wildlife.


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 07:37 AM

Would love to be there but it's a long, long way from Clare to there because that's where I live (where we also have a great tradition of music & flowers {The Burren is nearby})!


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: mattkeen
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 10:33 AM

Hope to ne there on the Saturday

Thanks Pete


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 10:00 AM

I've long been an admirer of Clare's poems of the countryside and creatures &c., and wonder whether any of his shorter pieces -Sonnets, say - have been set to music, or, better still, did he ever make a song to an air himself? Anyone know?


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 10:08 AM

Some of his poetry is put to music and i am sure he has put some to words too.

Scooby


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 11:04 AM

Vikki Clayton made a CD called Midsummer Cushion, which is comprised of John Clare poems set to her original music.


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 01:30 PM

Gordon Tyrrall 's CD-- A Distance from the Town: A Musical Appreciation of the work of poet John Clare
Poems set to music plus tunes of the time


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: Brian Peters
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 03:41 PM

I've not heard Vicky's settings, but Gordon Tyrrall's are excellent. Perhaps someone from the festival might think of inviting him to perform there.


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 03:48 PM

He's also given a wonderful workshop at Whitby FW about setting John Clare's poems to music--incredibly interesting, clear and thoughtful.

It brought out aspects of the way the poems work, and can work, with music with the kind of insight and sympathy that can only come from someone who's really absorbed both--vastly more illuminating than many a non-musical poetry lecture...


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 04:44 PM

I have stayed on the ward where John Clare was a patient.
Scooby


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: GUEST,Pete Shaw
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 05:03 AM

There are quite a few "non folk" settings to music of John Clare's poems. There is a page somewhere, kept by the John Clare Society I think, listing the settings they know about. If interested, ask the Secretary of the JCS, Linda Curry. http://www.johnclare.org.uk/

I'm sure that the JCS will be inviting Gordon Tyrrell some time. Vicki Clayton has appeared at the festival in the past and it is the turn of Dave Townsend & the Mellstock Band this year.

The Festival is a very laid back, gentle day.


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: mattkeen
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 05:20 AM

There is a demo I have done of a John Clare poem (What is Love) set to a tune I wrote based on the Turtle Dove tune

http://www.krcollective.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=8&Itemid=39


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: mattkeen
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 05:21 AM

Sorry don't know how to make that a direct link


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 11:43 AM

Try this:

http://www.krcollective.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=8&Itemid=39


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Subject: RE: John Clare Festival
From: mattkeen
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 11:52 AM

Thanks Jim


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