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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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Published by Webmaster on 09/06/2003 (108176 reads)
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RS 4-21-02 I have visited this site before and made an entry at that time. My purpose in writing now is to inform the person whose comment is identified as C 4-3-02 that the poem "Big Wicked Bill" was not written by Robert Service but by Stuart Hamblin and recited by him on a recording he made for Columbia Records entitled The Spell Of The Yukon. Stuart was a singer, song writer, actor and had a daily radio program in Los Angeles for 20 years.

BH 4-21-02 While on an epic canoe trip to the tundra of Northwest Territories, Canada, "The Men That Don't Fit In" was read by the guide. I wept aloud as I felt he wrote it to me. I've loved his poetry from that time on. It just makes me more proud to be kith and kin of other fine Scots. I come from fine Scotsmen, I am of the Stewarts of Appin.

PM 4-10-02 For the Third Time ... Kilwinning, Scotland ... where Robert penned his first poem will be holding a Dinner in his honour ... the venue - St Michael's Academy Great Hall; the date - 6 September 2002; the price - £25 pp.

The PROGRAMME for the Evening is ...

On the Wire

The Service Grace

Unholy Trinity
The Farmer’s Daughter
Highland Hospitality

Jean Desprez

The Toast to Robert Service

Hot Digitty Dog
Domestic Scene
White Christmas

The Spell of the Yukon
Old Trouper

Mr. Donald Reid (an enthusiast on the two Roberts - Burns and Service) will perform 'The Toast to Robert Service' and Mr. Gregory Robison (the husband of the US Consul-General to Scotland) will perform 'The Spell of the Yukon'.

Both the Millennium Dinner and the Second Annual have been very successful and as we can only accommodate 14 tables of 10 seated. Tickets will go very quickly, so if you wish tickets please contact me at ... ... giving details of required numbers and snail mail address as soon as possible.

Robert's stature is growing world-wide. There are ideas in the planning stage to recognize the centenary of Robert's first setting foot in Whitehorse in the Yukon in 2004.

NED 4-4-02 I worked at a pack station in the Sierras in the summer of 1958 where a guest recited many of Service's poems. I have been hooked ever since.

RW 4-3-02 A high school literature teacher introduced the class to Robert W. Service poetry during the late 1950's by way of a textbook and an LP recording done by the artist Stewart Hamblin. I still have the recordings - transferred to magnetic tape while in the military in W.Germany. If you have never heard Stewart Hamblin's rendition of The cremation of Sam Mcgee and Dangerous Dan McGrew, plus the other poems put to music (written and recorded by Hamblin), then you have missed a great treat. I'd share them with you but transmission via email would take several hours.

If you want further information about the recordings, feel free to contact me.

RWS's poetry is delightful.

C 4-3-02 Have you ever heard of a Robert Service poem about a lead dog named Big Wicked Bill?

JR 3-24-02 Grand entertainment for all ages!

ES 3-20-02 I'm so glad to have discovered this site. I was talking about "Bessie's Boil" to someone today and said I wished I could find it somewhere. Lo and behold, I had no problem finding it on a search engine.
My dad had "The Cremation of Sam McGee" memorized and used to recite it any chance he had...Especially at Masonic meetings, I've been told, in Friday Harbor!

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