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18th anniversary of one of Trunk’s earliest and most sought-after sides; John Cameron’s sweeping string and woodwind score for ‘Kes’ 
As possibly one of the most widely referenced portraits of Northern England, the imagery and soundtrack of Ken Loach’s ‘Kes’ hold a special place in British 20th century culture. For reasons unknown, the soundtrack was never released until Jonny Trunk came along in the late ‘90s and made it the follow-up to his release of another equally classic British film soundtrack, 'The Wicker Man’, and it’s now a foundational part of the Trunk label.
Where ‘The Wicker Man’ played to ancient, arcane folk spirits in Scotland, ‘Kes’ is a study in gritty realism, portraying a sweetly romanticised image of youth and the working classes in post-industrial Yorkshire. John Cameron fits the film’s images of gridiron streets, grey skies and rolling hills perfectly with arrangements of flute, clarinet and harp that beautifully match the kindred spirits of Billy, a bullied kid in Barnsley, and his pet bird, Kes.