‘Gordon’s Alive’ big mouth Brian Blessed is hitting the charts – rapping a 21st Century version of the Yorkshire anthem On Ilka Moor Baht ‘At.
To celebrate today’s Yorkshire Day the booming voice of the 75-year-old Yorkshire born actor is being used to give the ancient tune the kiss of life by tourist body Welcome to Yorkshire.
X-Factor vocal coach and Sheffield hitmaker Eliot Kennedy, who has written hits for Take That, the Spice Girls and Brian Adams, has recorded the colourful ‘Flash Gordon’ star with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and opera star Lesley Garrett.
Said Blessed, born in the pit village of Mexborough, near Barnsley: “The version of the song is a larger than life take on a traditional classic and I am singing for Yorkshire, loud and proud.
“My vocal chords are renowned across the nation and I hope Yorkshire and the rest of the world will sit up and take notice of this valuable piece of Yorkshire heritage.
“When you have pride in your roots, there’s nothing more fun and joyous than singing about it. Enjoy! And don’t forget your hats!”
Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity said: “On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘At has long been considered Yorkshire’s national anthem and we just couldn’t resist giving it a modern twist.
“The song is a chance to shout about what’s great about Yorkshire but it’s not just about Yorkshire traditions or nodding our caps to our cultural heritage.”
Grammy award-winning producer Kennedy said: “There’s something cheerful , hearty and wilful about the song that captures the Yorkshire spirit.”
The tune is being sold on download sites including iTunes and money raised is going to Yorkshire charities.