Monday, 13 May 2013

Adge - King of the Wurzels

A lovely little biography by John Hudson about Adge Cutler, leader of the "Scrumpy and Weston" band the Wurzels.

The Album - Cutler of the West (the third he recorded) is one I remember fondly from my childhood. A mixture of the comic and the heartfelt ballads.

In one sense, there is not much to tell about Adge Cutler - he died tragically in a car crash probably just of the verge of super-stardom (well in England anyway).  The Wurzels carried on without him and had the big hits that had eluded him, for better or worse always being associated with Combined Harvester.

Never-the-less - it is an interesting life and a slice of 1950's/60's/70's England - tales of the early folk music scene, publicity stunts, trips to Spain, being a  roadie, friendship with clarinetist Acker Bilk.

I love his quote "If Chuck Berry can write about Memphis Tennessee. why can't I write about Easton-in-Gordano, Somerset." So that is what he did.

His legacy of four Albums and around 30 songs is not a large one, but it is a great one. As each album was made he contributed fewer songs.  Few comics are entertaining 40 years on, Adge manages it. He had something unique - or as his agent put it, they sing songs about cider and manure and stuff - do us a favour, give it a go.

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