1. The Highwayman is reputed to be “the best ballad poem in existence for oral delivery.”
2. Out of the thousands of reviews and bits and bobs of feedback London Walks has garnered over the decades my all-time favourite is a succinct and heartfelt expression of delight and enthusiasm blurted out by one of Richard Walker’s walkers, a young woman from Montana. She said, “I want Richard Walker in my pocket narrating my life.”
3. What she was on about of course was Richard’s wonderful voice. His trained voice – Richard’s a gifted actor.
4. Bearing all of that in mind – and in view of the fact that Richard’s Virtual Tour Stand & Deliver! The Outlaws and Highwaymen of Merrie England is hoving into view – I’ve persuaded Richard to do a reading for us. A reading of – you guessed it – Alfred Noyes’ feast for the ears, his romantic ballad poem, The Highwayman. Well, it’s a feast for the ears when it’s served up and delivered by Richard Walker.
5. Enjoy, folks! – you’re about to set off on one of the best, the richest, the most satisfying 7-minute aural rides you’ll ever take.
“out of the tawny sunset”
“I’ll come to thee by moonlight though hell should bar the way”
“When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas”
“the road was a gypsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor”
“Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!”
“I want Richard Walker in my pocket narrating my life”