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The Yetties

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Yetminster, United Kingdom (1967 – 2011)

The Yetties, the trio of John “Bonny” Sartin, Pete Shutler (died 21 September 2014) and Mac McCulloch, was, during their long career, one of England’s most popular folk groups. They took their name from the Dorset village of Yetminster which was their childhood home. Their obvious love of the West Country, it’s songs, stories and humour won them friends wherever they went.

Since turning professional in 1967 their music and their enthusiasm took them far beyond the villages of Dorset. They travelled extensively in Europe and, under the auspices of the British Council, performed successfully in many countries, including Thailand, Nepal, Sri-Lanka, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Pakistan, Sudan, India, Bangladesh, The Maldives, The Philippines, Ethiopia and Canada. They had the knack of breaking down language barriers and getting people involved in what they did. Audience participation in a Yetties show was a very important ingredient and people joined in from the word go whether they were 9 or 90.

Over the years they recorded no less than 45 albums for different companies. Most of these were a mixture of songs and music but they have also been involved in some other fascinating projects. Thomas Hardy (the Dorset writer and poet) was also a musician. He and his family, over several generations, collected hundreds of folk tunes. The Yetties have done 2 recordings Thomas Hardy’s own fiddle and other Hardy family instruments.

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