Benjamin’s Book

The complete Country Dance manuscript of Benjamin Rose
Farmer, Alehouse keeper and Musician of Belchalwell, Dorset 1820.

133 very danceable tunes as performed in Dorset’s Blackmore Vale, with a detailed introduction by Tim Laycock and a full index and notes on the tunes by Colin Thompson. Benjamin Rose’s music writing is so clear that we have decided to publish a complete facsimile of the original manuscript.

The book comes complete with an MP3 CD of all the tunes for those players that prefer to learn tunes by ear. The tunes are played on violin, with concertina and melodeon accompaniments.


H: 230mm x w: 210mm
76 pages
Half-Canadian bind wiro, set within a wraparound cover

£21.30  including post and packing in the UK.
£25.50  including post and packing world wide.
Cheques to C Thompson,
42, Harvey’s Close,
Maiden Newton, Dorset DT2  0BN
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below is the title page of the manuscript book available:

specimen page: