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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

John Blackmore at The William Barnes Society

John Blackmore, from Bruton, Somerset, is an English and Drama teacher at King Arthur's Community School, a secondary school in Wincanton, Somerset.

Last night, at the AGM of The William Barnes Society, he performed his own settings or arrangements of poems by William Barnes.

Here are two of the songs he sang (these are recordings from Soundcloud}:

The Gate A-Fallen To

Linden Lea - a rearrangement of the Vaughan Williams setting

William Barnes Society Facebook page

I have now tracked down the paper given by William Barnes in Wincanton in 1869 (published 1870):

"A Paper on Somerset. Read before the Somerset Archaeological Society at Wincanton. Published by F. May, Taunton. Reprinted from the Proceedings".

With many thanks to Louisa Gillett, Office Manager, Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Somerset Heritage Centre. From The Proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society For The Year 1870, Part II (see posting to follow shortly).

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