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Thread #13966 Message #1338936
Posted By: GUEST
25-Nov-04 - 01:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Icy Acres (Colin Wilkie)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Icy Acres (Colin Wilkie)
First of all thanks to everyone for showing so much interest in the song, which I wrote about 36 years ago. I have a feeling it was originally made popular by the Aspeys as all the other versions I've heard are based on their slow, very traddy, interpretation. Shirley and I recorded it as a fairly up-tempo number - which is how I still perform it - and we also made an LP with a German free jazz band led by the great trombonist: Albert Mangelsdorf, and featuring a wild, wailing ( if you'll forgive the pun ) soprano sax solo from Joki Freund. But I certainly like the slower versions, especially the one by Th' Antique Show.
Several different artists have recorded the song, and always given me credit for the words & music, however when " Icy Acres " was recorded by the Marske Fishermen's Choir, they wrote: "Traditional " ( Copyright Control ) on the sleeve notes, claiming it was a traditional whaling song from Whitby. They changed my original chorus from " Weary whalers homeward bound " to " Whitby whalers homeward bound " giving it an extra, personalised, flair, and someone penned an additional verse ( nothing wrong with much of that ) except it ain't a traditional whaling song from Whitby !!! Though, of course, I admit it is a compliment to have one's work regarded as such: I obviously touched the right nerve. Naturally I was curious, but when I contacted them, asking who wrote the new verse, and who had the cool idea of substituting " Whitby " for " Weary " I received no answer, which was very disappointing. Maybe someone out there knows; if so I'd be pleased to hear from you: