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was the legendary "Fifth Wurzel". He was drafted into
Adge's new band in 1966; poached
Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band. He played the 'a kind
of twisted tuba, later named The Wurzelphone, with some dexterity'
on the first Adge Cutler album - most evident on Drink Up Thy
Zider. But Wurzelling was not for him, and a year later he
quit the band.
typical modesty, Brian now claims he's not really a musician, although
as he has shown he can certainly play well enough for Wurzel music
- and prior to being a Wurzel, Brian played in various jazz bands
in the Bristol area with such distinguished musicians as Acker Bilk;
so he is certainly no amateur!
addition to all this, Brian has another claim to fame - he is a
gifted cartoonist and illustrator, and still contributes regularly
to some of the UK's best-loved children's comics. The cartoon right
showing a cat chasing a mouse down the horn of a tuba while the
mouse escapes out of the mouthpiece, appeared in Punch magazine
in 1952. [Click on the image to buy a print from Punchcartoons.com]
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