Ivor Cutler

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Ivor Cutler (born January 15, 1923) is a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. He appeared in The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour as Buster Bloodvessel, on Neil Innes' television programmes and John Peel's influential BBC radio programme from the 1960s onwards. In live performance he accompanies himself on a harmonium.

Many of his poems and songs involve conversations delivered as a monologue and, in these, one party is often Cutler as a child. The humour develops from the child's curiosity and the playful or self-serving lies the parent tells him to get, for example, a chore done or simply to stop the incessant questions.

Cutler recites his poems in a gentle burr and this, combined with the absurdity of the subject matter, is a mix that has earned him a faithful - if small - following.

Cutler is a member of the Noise Abatement Society and taught for some years at the controversial Summerhill School.

Discography

  • Ivor Cutler of Y'Hup (1959)
    Contains Here's a health to Simon - Size nine and a half - Mary is a cow - Pickle your knees - Gravaty begins at home - A cowpuncher and a bird - The boo hoo bird
  • Who Tore Your Trousers? (1961)
  • Get Away from the Wall (1961)
    Contains Stick out your chest - Turkish bath play - Theres a turtle in my soup - Gruts for tea - Get away from the wall - The tureen
  • Ludo (1967)
  • Dandruff (1974)
  • Velvet Donkey (1975)
  • Jammy Smears (1976)
  • Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2 [live] (1978)
    There was no volume 1
  • Privilege (1984)
  • Gruts (1986)
  • Prince Ivor (1986)
  • Wet Handle (1997)

In 2004 a number of these albums were re-released in the United Kingdom in remastered versions.

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