Wren Music & DA event 11 Oct “The Dartmoor Fiddler”

William Andrews, who became known as The Dartmoor Fiddler, was a humble farmer from Hellingtown at Sheepstor. He was also a skilled musician and he used to play tunes at local inns and at special occasions and dances.

It’s thought he probably learnt the tunes by ear and noted them down in manuscripts of sheet music. They might never have seen the light of day in the folk music world, had he not received two visits from the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould.

Born in 1805, William was in his late 80s when Baring-Gould visited him in 1890 and 1892 and collected 29 of his tunes. They formed part of Baring-Gould’s collection, much of which was stored away until being rediscovered by Wren Music in the 1990s.

Wren Music used the manuscripts to produce a William Andrews tune-book. A Devonshire Association and Wren Music event in Okehampton is planned for 11th October 2024 to celebrate.