I Fear These Tory Radicals

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    Beautiful cardboard gatefold sleeve designed by Rima Staines, with astrolabe design on CD. Lyrics included.

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Stream of consciousness prose by the English poet John Clare (1793-1864), versified and set to music by Andy. Nothing ever bloody changes.


I fear these Tory radicals
These out of season patriots
That are so loud in their insults
’gainst the present ministry

They only want to make paddles of the people
And sail into harbours of old sinecures

And they will be themselves
As silent of our suffering
As an old maid of her age
Or a Borough Monger of his honesty


from Steer by the Stars, released May 1, 2015
Words John Clare, music © Andy Letcher, arrangement © Telling the Bees 2015. Cornet by Sally-Ann Griffiths.



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Telling the Bees Oxford, UK

Telling the Bees are an innovative acoustic band making a unique and original music they call darkly crafted folk.
They met in 2007 at Oxford's legendary Catweazle Club, and as a four piece released two acclaimed albums, Untie the Wind and An English Arcanum. In 2011 they expanded to the current five-piece line-up. Steer by the Stars is their third album.
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