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)”