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News Archive 2005
is the archive of news items from the Wurzelmania! website for the
cancer battle (Thursday 3rd November 2005)
star Tommy Banner vowed this week he would win a battle with prostate
Tommy, who lives in Taunton, said he was determined
to beat the illness and be back on stage as soon as possible after
Christmas following an operation he is set to undergo in Bristol
County Gazette archive]
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Hero Letter Found In Archive (Tuesday 25th January, 2005)
Swindon Folk Singers Club archive details the history of the club,
one of the most important in the region, from its foundation in
1960 to the present day. The
club, founded by Ted and Ivy Poole, grew out of the folk protest
and peace movement of the 1950s and 1960s, starting out in a cellar
beneath the Communist Party's Swindon branch in Bridge Street.
archive...contains a 1966 letter from Adge Cutler,
whose backing band was The Wurzels. Adge sadly died in 1974, but
The Wurzels continued to enjoy chart success with songs such as
'I've Got A Brand New Combine Harvester'.
In his letter, Adge says: "I sing all West
Country songs, usually unaccompanied although I can provide accompaniment
refers to a number of 'West Country songs' in the letter, including
'The Champion Dung Spreader' and 'Drink Up Thy Cider George'.
County Council archivist Steve Hobbs said: "It is rare to find
such a comprehensive archive from a provincial folk club. The
archive is a fascinating piece of social history, which shows the
links between folk music and protest. For example, the club staged
benefits for both CND and the Support the Miners campaign in the
are also some very interesting individual items, such as the letters
from Paul Simon and Adge Cutler."
He added: "Swindon, along with Cardiff and
Plymouth, was one of the first three folk clubs to be set up in
the south west of the country."
archive can be seen at the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office in
Trowbridge. Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office.
from the Press
Release released by Wiltshire County Council - which mostly
goes on about Paul Simon!]
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