Video: Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends “Women of the World”

Here is a lovely, lush version of Ivor Cutler’s ‘Women of the World’, taken from the tribute album ‘Return to Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler’.  This is the second single from the album, which will be released on 24th January.  In challenging times, this song is a joy.  The highlight is the lead vocal performance from Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura).  Nice way to start your week!

Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald & Friends “Return to Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler” (Chemikal Underground, 2020)

Ivor Cutler was a unique Scottish artist, poet, songwriter, teacher, humourist and mainstay of British Radio who died in 2006 aged 83 and was very probably a genius. The depression of the ‘30s, his Jewish background and experience of anti-Semitism and a challenging home life all had a major impact on his work. The word eccentric is often associated with him but absurdist would be closer to the truth with major fan Billy Connolly saying the world needed Ivor Cutler “in order to think differently”. In the late ’50s he was given a late-night slot on the Home Service and since then he has appeared on all major BBC Radio stations being championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were such fans they gave him a cameo as Buster Bloodvessel, the bus conductor, in the Beatles’ ‘Magical Mystery Tour’. Continue reading “Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald & Friends “Return to Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler” (Chemikal Underground, 2020)”