“Come, it is time to keep your appointment with The Wicker man…”

6 04 2015

“Come, it is time to keep your appointment with The Wicker man…” A 4 year search by TRUNK ended in permission to issue this awesome lost recording – the unholy grail of soundtracks.

The original music and effects tapes were found and carefully copied, and the LP release is an identical copy of the sounds found on these tapes.

The first black vinyl LP became “the most collectable record of all time” according to some journalists, with dealers selling it for £120 shortly after its release.

Reviews for this odd recording were phenomenal, and Christopher Lee sang “Tinker of Rye” down the telephone to us in the Trunk office.

Original pieces of wood from The Wicker man were sent to us, maps, photos, stories and more just kept coming in. Also included was a USA copy of the movie with 20 extra minutes of footage.

People were annoyed that “Gently Jonny”, sung by Paul Giovanni in the longer versions of the film was missing. It still is, and somewhere out there a master tape may be waiting.

The Wicker Man is a truly cult movie. It has an incredible following, a bizarre, almost unexplained history, and was the last great unreleased soundtrack of a generation.

Paul Giovanni was a genius, and may he rest in peace. As for the band, “Magnet”who played all the music, nothing is really known of them. They were chosen by Paul Giovanni from the Royal Conservatory of music, but that’s all that is know. As for the voice behind “Willow’s Song” nothing is known about her, no record exists of who she was or where she came from.

To my knowledge, a book just about “The Wicker Man” and the various mysteries surrounding it will be published in 2000, and when we hear more information it will be posted on this site. Or it might be done and curiously disappear on the way to this site.

One final useless piece of information on “The Wicker Man”… there are currently two women in Scotland who claim to be Britt Ekland’s body double in the film. Madness.

Britt Ekland

A SHORT POST SCRIPT: It is now 2006 and I think it’s about time for a post script. The first and original issue of this recording – the Trunk Records issue – has become a most collectable and massively influential LP. Even though another longer, but far more confused recording was issued featuring demos and different versions of some of the songs, a majority of the new later recording was taken from the original Wicker Man recordings we mastered from the music and effects tapes at Pinewood. Yes, I know it’s confusing. Anyway, the fact remains that had we not issued our recording it’s unlikely any further recordings would have come out. Also at the time bugger all people referenced The Wicker Man as an influence, and had you run a top 100 British films it would not have even featured. Now it’s constantly referenced and always hits top tens in British film making. It’s just a real shame that the creative musical pioneer Paul Giovanni was not around to benefit in any way.

Our recording was issued in 1997. Ten years later people some people are still a little jealous that we did it first and are more than happy to accuse us of bootlegging. We had the permission of the company who owned the film and paid all the relevant publishing we were asked to pay. What always gets forgotten is that when we had finished our run of albums, another company began bootlegging our CD. We never found out who they were. You will know one of these bootlegs if you find one, they are weird photocopied CDs with no 8 page booklets.

If you happen to be after a legendary Trunk Wicker Man vinyl album complete with hilarious spelling mistakes I suggest you look on ebay where they turn up occasionally.



The director of 1973 horror film The Wicker Man has praised the work of Robert Burns and actor Edward Woodward’s Gaelic singing.

31 05 2013

Robin Hardy has written exclusively for Empire magazine about the feature, which has scenes shot in Galloway, Plockton and Ayrshire.

He said Burns’s Gently Johnny was the “perfect love song” for the film.

Hardy has also written about Woodward singing Gaelic songs for the cast and crew in evenings after shoots.

Writing in Empire, the director said the quality of Gently Johnny had been restored for the newly-released Blu-ray DVD version of The Wicker Man.

Hardy said: “We chose Celtic melodies where we could.

“Robbie Burns provided us with that perfect love song, Gently Johnny, which Paul Giovanni, our composer, himself sang, and Corn Rigs is the melody that takes us on our flight past the peaks of Skye to the palm-fringed coast of Summerisle.”

Croydon-born Woodward, who died in 2009, played police sergeant Howie, sent to search for a missing girl on the fictional island of Summerisle.

The Wicker Man was remade for a 2006 film starring Nicolas Cage.


Croydon-born Woodward sang in Gaelic in evenings after filming

In his article, Hardy said: “Edward Woodward, singing for us in Gaelic in the evenings, enchanting us with that beautiful mouth music – more than a mere film star, a superb actor.

“How seriously unwise for any other artist, even the talented Nicolas Cage, to try to give an encore as Sergeant Howie in the remake.”

Scenes for the 1973 feature were shot in Plockton in the Highlands, Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast, Logan Gardens in the Rhins of Galloway and Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway.

Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland starred in the film alongside Woodward.

Hardy’s latest film, The Wicker Tree, has scenes which were shot in Dalkeith in Midlothian.

Released in 2010, its cast includes Brittania Nicol and Honeysuckle Weeks.

Glasgow-born Graham McTavish, who will appear in The Hobbit, also appears in The Wicker Tree.