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A History of Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

A Tale of Adge Cutler (1930-1966) | Adge Cutler & The Wurzels (1966-1974) | The Wurzels: The Glory Years (1974-1980) | The Wurzels: The Wilderness Years (1980-1999) | The Wurzels Renassiance (1999-20??)

This is a brand new section of the website, over-writing the previous band history started ambitiously by Zider Ed - but sadly never completed. Rather than complete the work in his style, I have decided to start anew and archive his work into the Articles.

For this website, the story of Adge Cutler and The Wurzels has been dividing into five chapters. We will first recount A Tale of Adge Cutler from his birth in 1930 to the formation of The Wurzels in 1966. The second chapter will cover those eight wonderful years of Adge Cutler & The Wurzels from his meeting in John Miles's office in 1966 to Adge's death in 1974. The third chapter opens with the uncertainty of the Globe Inn gigs of 1974 and covers The Glory Years through to the end of the band's relationship with EMI in 1980. After that we have The Wilderness Years covering almost two long decades from 1980 to 1999; and we complete the history with The Wurzels Renassiance from 1999 into the new Millenium and right up to the current day.

This is very much work in progress at the moment, and will take a good few weeks to complete - and much longer to complete to my satisfaciton (if it ever is), so please bear with me as I put all this information into a logical, chronological and hopefully readable format! And as always your input along with way will be most welcome...

It All Starts Here...

Adge Cutler and The Wurzels, renamed The Wurzels after Cutler's death, are a British Scrumpy and Western band based in the West Country. The term 'Scrumpy and Western' refers humorously to music from England's West Country that fuses comical folk-style songs, often full of double entendre, with affectionate parodies of more mainstream musical genres, all delivered in the local accent/dialect.

The band is best known for its 1976 number one hit Combine Harvester, but has a history stretching nearly 40 years, and still performs to this day. In its heyday the band was very popular despite disdain from "serious" critics.

The name of the band came from the fodder beet Mangelwurzel. As can be determined from the subject matter of many of their songs, cider is very popular amongst Wurzels and their fans. Their particular "genre" of music has been named "Scrumpy And Western" (scrumpy is a name given to traditional cider).

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