An exciting project to preserve Shropshire’s musical heritage
The first 20 tunes have been added to the Shropshire Tune Archive – download the pack and watch videos via the links below.
John Kirkpatrick, who lives near Bishops Castle, has selected tunes including The Shrewsbury Rakes, General Hill’s Favourite, and the intriguingly named Lumps of Pudding!
John: “Trawling through the musical history of Shropshire has unearthed some great music that tells the story of life in our county at different times.
“From a tune that was played as the crowd would process to the Shrewsbury Show in the 1800s to several dance tunes from a carpenter in Newport, there is some wonderful music that will now be preserved forever and shared with a new audience.
“As a musician, it was a privilege to be able to record this material and I hope that the archive will be put to good use for the next generation of Shropshire musicians.”
All Together Now Project Manager Joy Lamont: “We look forward to working with John as he shares the tunes at future festivals and through workshops with the Shropshire Youth Folk Ensemble.
“The archive is a wonderful legacy of this project but this is just the start. We will be working with other musicians and historians to add to it in the future so tunes that originated in our county can be permanently recorded so they don’t disappear from our history.”
All Together Now is the festival’s two-year programme of activities for musicians, dancers, schoolchildren and communities to introduce a new audience to folk and world music.
The project received an £86,410 investment from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, a £5,000 Arts Development award from Shropshire Council, and £2,000 from Shrewsbury Town Council. The Festival will meet the remaining cost.
Shropshire Tune Archive info pack & notation
John’s video guide to the Shropshire Tune Archive