Author Topic: RIP Acker Bilk  (Read 1120 times)

Offline Vienna

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RIP Acker Bilk
« on: November 02, 2014, 04:48:13 PM »
Mr Acker Bilk.

mum loved him.
« Last Edit: November 02, 2014, 05:25:32 PM by fire-fly »
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Re: RIP
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2014, 04:49:28 PM »
Gosh, I actually thought he'd died years ago. :o Loved Stranger on the shore.

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Re: RIP
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2014, 04:50:05 PM »
Wow, I thought he would have died a long time ago.
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Re: RIP
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2014, 04:53:48 PM »
Dammit. Acker and 'Bowler', a must for any 70's party. R.I.P. B
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Re: RIP Acker Bilk
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2014, 05:26:12 PM »
That name has such a ring to it. He was one of a kind  :(
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Re: RIP Acker Bilk
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2014, 05:57:16 PM »
Damn.  I'm not generally a fan of 'jazz', but I'm prepared to make an exception for Mr Bilk.

I heard him playing at an outdoor concert one Summer evening in Cornwall, back in the 80s.

I was about quarter of a mile away, fishing for trout as darkness fell, with no idea what was about to happen in the grounds of the nearby stately home.  It was a somewhat surreal experience.  My normally quiet riverbank was suddenly invaded by sound.

I was stood in mid-river, smooth dark water flowing past almost level with the tops of my wellies, and the little leaping waves from the rapid shallows about thirty feet upstream were flecked with momentary silver flashes from the moonlight coming through the overhanging canopy of the trees.

Initially I was annoyed that my solitude had been disturbed.   But it grew on me.  And by the time he finished with Stranger On The Shore I was entranced by the combination of the night and the music.

When the last applause died away I packed up to leave,and the roar of my old BSA when I started it to ride home seemed almost sacrilegious.

Bless you, Mr Bilk.  Sleep easy, Maestro.

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Re: RIP Acker Bilk
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2014, 08:19:30 PM »
That was a great description of what his music had the power to do, Gyp. Thanks for sharing this memory. B
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Re: RIP Acker Bilk
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2014, 02:00:10 AM »
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