The 30-person crew of Greenpeace’s boat the Arctic Sunrise was detained by the Russian government on piracy charges in September after they attempted to protest offshore drilling in the Russian Arctic. Now those detainees are finally being set free, and Will Oldham is among those celebrating their release. The folk iconoclast otherwise known as Bonnie “Prince” Billy just released a video in which he sits on a dock and performs a reworked version of Wolfroy Goes to Town track “Black Captain” dedicated to Arctic Sunrise captain Peter Wilcox. Structurally, it’s the same as the studio version, but Oldham tweaked the lyrics to reflect the Greenpeace situation, i.e. “And now I want my captain back” instead of the original kicker “And now I have let my captain go.” It’s quite moving, and you can watch it below.
(via The Huffington Post)