The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #36669   Message #3646740
Posted By: GUEST,Andy McColl
30-Jul-14 - 04:37 PM
Thread Name: Anyone know of Tom Yates
Subject: RE: Anyone know of Tom Yates
Many thanks Kitty for the lyrics

I seem to remember a slightly different first verse, which may have been:

There was a lord (or King) in the west country (scans better)
and he had daughters, one, two and three.

Having just bought 'Song of the Shimmering Way', I was surprised and delighted to discover that Tommy set the title song to the tune of 'Lay the Bent'

Also so great to hear again 'Sunset on Fair Isle' after a hiatus of what must be a mere 44 years. That was another song I remember him singing now, but had completely forgotten about.

It has been a very emotional couple of days! And I still have the other three CDs to come. Although I do have his first two LPs on vinyl, I don't have a turntable set up and haven't played them for decades.

Some time in the very early 70s I attended a songwriting workshop that Tommy ran. It was a residential weekend in some kind of religious establishment somewhere east of London.

Many thanks to all who have contributed to this thread, enabling many important questions to be answered at last.