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GUEST,Rossey DTStudy: The Dark Island (62* d) RE: DTStudy: The Dark Island 09 Nov 19


It depends on who arranged the music on a trad work - but my father's version is quite different in notation and tune to the other versions - so if it had been based on a trad. work I think he could have justifiably claimed for both tune and lyric as his lyrics fit a unique settting. The original 1963 printed sheet music wrongly had it as a trad. air. or by a Mrs. Gibson (a music teacher who wrote it down for him). He was only ever credited as 'Words by Stewart Ross' on the sheet.    Also the split varies depending on the deal or publisher. Anyway, with 'Dark Island' - there is no legal proof that it is based on any trad. work, so I have tried to rectify it on my father's version as a matter of honour. My father only wrote the lyrics to this ghost version..and would never have deliberately tried to do Maclachlan out of credit, it was genuine belief that the rumour was true that set the whole thing off, so I don't want to claim for the whole work. He would indeed though have probably got 100 percent if he could have proved the origins - but rumours are not proof. I wish to heck you could attach images to Mudcat Cafe. I have some great documents on how this happened, though equally I destroyed a number of papers I wish I'd hung on to.


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