Scrumpy and Western

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Fred Wedlock

Scrumpy and Western refers humorously to music from England's West Country[1] that fuses comical folk-style songs, often full of double entendre, with affectionate parodies of more mainstream musical genres, all delivered in the local accent/dialect. The name, taken from the title of the 1967 Scrumpy & Western EP by Adge Cutler and the Wurzels, refers to scrumpy, strongly alcoholic cider produced in the West Country; it is a play on the American genre of country and western music.

Styles vary by band or musician, and very few are known outside their native county. The main exceptions to this are the Wurzels (originally "Adge Cutler and the Wurzels"), a Somerset group who had a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart with "The Combine Harvester" in 1976.[2][3] This followed an earlier UK hit single with "Drink Up Thy Zider", an unofficial West Country anthem, especially among supporters of Bristol City Football Club. This gained notoriety when the BBC refused to play its B-side song, "Twice Daily", due to concern about the unseemly subject matter (a shotgun wedding).[4] "Combine Harvester" itself was a reworded version of Melanie's "Brand New Key". Other songs borrowed the style and made fun of the themes of Country and Western, and other US and British popular music.

Other artists whose music is Scrumpy and Western in flavour include The Yetties[5] from the village of Yetminster in Dorset, The Golden Lion Light Orchestra from Worcestershire, Fred Wedlock, Who's Afear'd (also from Dorset), the Skimmity Hitchers (a group that includes former members of Who's Afear'd),[6] the Surfin Turnips (more punky folk), Trevor Crozier,[7] the Yokels (from Wiltshire), Shag Connors and the Carrot Crunchers,[8] and the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra.[9]

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  1. ^ "Scrumpy & Western". somersetmade ltd. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Combine Harvester song lyrics". Farming Friends. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  3. ^ "He's the star man". Western Daily Press. This is Bristol. 27 December 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Adge Cutler Biography". Artist Direct. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  5. ^ "The Yetties". somersetmade ltd. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  6. ^ The Skimmity Hitchers Archived 2011-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Trevor Crozier". somersetmade ltd. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Shag Connors and the Carrot Crunchers". somersetmade ltd. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra". somersetmade ltd. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2009.