Adge Cutler

Adge Cutler

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Adge Cutler
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Alan John Cutler
Born = Birth date | 1930 | 19 | 11
Died = Death date | 1974 | 5 | 5
Origin = Bristol, England
Instrument = singing
Genre = Scrumpy and Western
Years_active = 1966–1974
Label = EMI
Associated_acts = The Wurzels

Adge Cutler (19 November 1931 in Portishead5 May, 1974 in Chepstow) was a British singer, whose backing band were the Scrumpy and Western folk group, The Wurzels. Cutler was known for his songs, but also his dry, West Country humour, and gained the unofficial title of "The Bard Of Avonmouth". [cite web|url=|title=The Wurzels|last=Courtney-O'Neill|first=Kathryn|work=Bristol Rocks|accessdate=2008-07-09]

Early life

Alan John Cutler was born in Portishead. [cite web|url=|title=History|publisher=Wurzel World|accessdate=2008-07-09] Nicknamed 'Adge' by his friends, from his initials A.J., he lived in the small north Somerset town of Nailsea. He spent his earlier years pursuing various jobs he would use as material for later songs, including road manager for Acker Bilk, working in a cider mill (Coates of Nailsea), and working on building a power station in North Wales. He spent a year in Spain working as an agent looking for property. During his time there he grew to love the country and the Spanish way of life, as well as becoming fluent in Spanish.

In 1972, he married Yvonne, moving to Tickenham, a few miles north of Nailsea. [cite web|url=|title=Adge Cutler|work=Wurzelmania|accessdate=2008-07-09]

Musical career

Adge Cutler's songs are largely sung in Adge's own accent, though some are in an exaggerated Bristolian accent, and one in West Indian dialect.

Adge was influenced by Len "Uke" Thomas, a singer who left no recordings but who sang in the Bristolian dialect and who was a well known Bristol entertainer.

Virtually all of Adge Cutler's recordings are live; one album, "Cutler of the West", was recorded at the Webbington Country Club, which is very easy to see on the M5 northbound, on the slopes of Crooks Peak.


On 5 May 1974, [cite web|url=|title=Fan pays tribute to Wurzel Adge|work=BBC Somerset|publisher=BBC|accessdate=2008-07-09] he died when he crashed his MGB sports car on a roundabout in Chepstow, [cite web|url=|title=Biography Adge Cutler||accessdate=2008-07-09] following a Wurzels concert. Cutler is buried in the graveyard of Christ Church, Nailsea.

Football supporter

Adge Cutler was a massive fan of Bristol City, his local side. Many incorrectly believe he wrote 'Morning Glory', which was later re-written as the Bristol City song 'One for the Bristol City', which is played when the teams enter the pitch on both halves of their home games at Ashton Gate.However, both songs were written after Adge's death. Some also believe Adge may have been a Rovers fan; however, this too is factually incorrect. [ [ Biography on Windows Media] ]


Some of Adge Cutler's best known songs -

"When the Common Market Comes to Stanton Drew"Written in response to opening up of trade with Europe, Adge suggests what might happen to Somerset culture when Europeans come over. In retrospect, it is more truthful than anyone could have imagined - "when George comes home from milking, ee'll get a big surprise, when 'ee sit's down expecting Irish Stew, an' his wife says George i'll get 'ee, a gert dollop of spaghetti, 'cos the Common Market's come to Stanton Drew".

"Champion Dung Spreader"An answer song to "My Old Man's a Dustman", where Adge tells of his father's occupation as a champion dung spreader.

"high ohh diddle ey oh, Charterhouse to Cheddar, hi hoh the locals know 'ee's the Champion Dung Spreader"

"Thee's Gott'n where thee cassn't back'n hassn't"A song about a young couple getting into all sorts of jams in their new car around Bristol (except for one verse, which happens in Paris), very double-entendre-ish. Much of it is sung in bristolian. The title means something like "You have got into a position where it is impossible to reverse".

"the Charlton Mackrell Jugband"About a village band and their rise to the top of the charts. The fictitious band members are Amos Draper, Bernard Mace, Arnold Slugg and the singers (we assume to be Adge). The name of Charlton Mackrell is not used in the lyrics, so other bands have adapted it; including "the Piddletrenthide Jugband".

"well we haven't been barred from the old churchyard, there one night we practiced 'ard. Ev'ry man was full of cider, doin' his best with CC rider. Figure in white then come in sight I thought we waked the dead - but parson Sturk in 'is night shirt said we waked 'ee instead!"

"then Bernard Mace an 'is old string base, a gert big jersey liked 'is face.. 'nuther got attached to Amos Draper, chewed up 'alf 'is roll of paper"

"so in one week we quite uniquely topped the charts in the Farmer's Weekly; play your cows our rhythm n blues you'll get three time more milk than usual"

"Drink Up Thy Zyder"Regarded as the National anthem of North Somerset and Bristol, if not all of Somerset. By far the most famous Adge Cutler song, often played on local radio. Also the 'theme tune' of Bristol City F.C.

"drink up thee zyder George, time we 'ad a rest; drink up thee cider George, finest ever pressed"

"Dorset is Beautiful"The song that proves Adge's writing to bear no racial prejudice!!

"Don't tell I Tell 'ee"A great steady song about not wanting to be burdened with others troubles!

"i took a ride one night, a PC hove in sight; 'ee pulled me up because i got no brake no bell no light. "I'll sling the book at 'ee" that copper said with glee; I said sling all you like, 'tis your dad's bike - so don't tell I, tell 'ee!"

"young Sarah Jones one day, got in the fam'ly way; 'er father come with a gert big gun, said "'ee'll 'ave to pay". 'Ee chased I up a tree, I 'ollered leave I be; I said I 'appen to know, 'twas old Fred Snow, so don't tell I, tell 'ee!"

"Up the Clump"

A parody of the 50's rock n roll style; with Tommy Banner on rock-n-roll piano, Jerry Lee-style. "well ev'rybody what's wrong with me, shakin' like a man on the old scrumpy" (a parody from the line "shakin' like a man on the fuzzy tree" as sung by the King in All Shook Up) and " thee bisn't nuthin' but a hedgehog... get off my brown suede gaiters, ohh ahh"

"Aloha Severn Beach"

Parody of romantic, Hawaii style songs, set in the less glamorous Severn Beach resort. " I'm gonna meet my dear in 'er finery.. down by that old oil refinery"

"Twice Daily"

Perhaps one of Adge's best known and loved songs, it was released as a B-Side on the band's first single "Drink up thy Zyder" in 1967. Deemed too raunchy and banned by the BBC, it tells the story of a farm labourer who begins a physical relationship with a female co-worker called 'Lucy Bailey'. ("She ups 'n slips, zummat rips, I went there Twice Daily!"). This results in her pregnancy and a subsequent Shotgun wedding arranged by her father. All ends happily however, since they spend 40 years together and produce a further 9 children, with no apparent slowdown in the physical side of the relationship either. ("Tho' I'm old and grey when I gets me way, I still go there Twice Daily..").


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