Acker Bilk’s Stranger On The Shore; When Instrumentals Were Fun!

Mr. Acker Bilk Back In The Day.


Talk about moody; Acker Bilk‘s Stranger On The Shore (composed by Acker Bilk) enters your ear like he’s using an immense down comforter as q-tip! That trademark low register tone warms and tingles the senses implying all colours of the rainbow. Surrounding that gorgeous melody is a very lush string arrangement that puts the whole vibe into the velvet stratosphere! Dig the rubato cadenza/coda at the end which definitely leaves you pondering…

Originally composed for his 9 year old daughter, Strangers On The Shore has been featured many times on British television, films etc.. I grew up listening to it lead into the news on Top 40 radio stations.

Come back with me now to 1962, and immerse yourself in Acker Bilk‘s Stranger On The Shore; perhaps the most soulful pop tune you will ever hear…


Personnel as determined: Acker Bilk clarinet; Leon Young String Chorale strings.

We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.

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