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From 22/02/2021 until 22/02/2022. 09:00

Barnes Night: A Celebration of the Life and Work of William Barnes

Barnes Night - A Celebration of the Life and Work of William Barnes

February 22nd was traditionally the day members of William Barnes' family celebrated his birthday and 2021 marks 220 years since his birth in 1801. In years past, Society members have gathered at St. Peter's Church in Came to commemorate the occasion.

Although we cannot get together this year we want to assure you that the snowdrops and early daffodils around the Church are all in bloom and we have found other ways to celebrate! Tim Laycock and members of the William Barnes Society have produced a special programme in association with KeeP 106 radio celebrating Barnes’ life and featuring poetry and music in the Dorset dialect. 

  • Narrated by Andy Venton

Poems written by William Barnes Readings include: 

  • Praise O' Do'set read by Brian Caddy
  • Pentridge by the River read by Rod Drew
  • The Young Rymer Snubb'd read by Devina Symes
  • Learning read by Sue Worth
  • The Commons a-Took In read by Brian Caddy and Rod Drew
  • The Dog Wi' Me read by Brian Caddy
  • Jeane's Wedden Day in Mornen read by Devina Symes
  • The Railroad read by Rod Drew
  • The Witch read by Sue Worth
  • John Bloom in Lon'on [All true!] read by David Strawbridge
  • Woak Hill read by David Strawbridge
  • Evenen in the Village read by Margaret Knott

Recorded by Andy Worth and Photography and images provided by Mark North

Additional Music:

  • Lady Elizabeth’s Hornpipe arranged by Tim laycock and Phil Humphries
  • The Stage Coach by William Barnes music, arrangement and sung by John Blackmore
  • Linden Lea by William Barnes Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, sung by Tim Laycock
  • The Wife A-Lost by William Barnes music, arrangement and sung by Tim Laycock
  • Nightingales Sing arranged by Tim laycock, and played by Nick Crump [recorder], John Holman [violin] and Tim Laycock [concertina]
  • The Geate a-Vallen To by William Barnes music, arrangement and sung by John Blackmore
  • The Mariner’s Hornpipe arranged by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries

 

  • All songs and music used with permission 

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