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Name: Ivor Cutler  
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Date of Birth: 15th January 1923
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Profession: Composer
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Ivor Cutler on the sleeve of his Jammy Smears LP

Ivor Cutler (born January 15, 1923) is a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. Originally a teacher, he taught at A. S. Neill's Summerhill School. He appeared as Buster Bloodvessel in The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, on Neil Innes' television programmes and on John Peel's influential BBC radio programme, for which he recorded a total of twenty-one sessions between 1969 and 1991. He has now retired from live performances, where in later years he would accompany himself on a harmonium. He is a member of the Noise Abatement Society.

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.

Phyllis April King appears on several albums and used to be a part of his concerts. She usually read small phrases but also read a few stories.

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.


  • Ivor Cutler of Y'Hup (EP) (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 Boo Bird"
  • Who Tore Your Trousers? (1961)
  • Get Away from the Wall (EP) (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 (1983)
  • Prince Ivor (1986)
  • Gruts (1986)
  • A Wet Handle (1997)
  • A Flat Man (1998)
  • An Elpee and Two Epees (2005)

In 2004 a number of these albums were re-released in the United Kingdom in remastered versions. "An Elpee and Two Eppees" is a Cd compilation of his first three releases.

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