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The late great Scottish eccentric Ivor Cutler appears on this oddity which is back on CD courtesy of Cherry Red after initially coming out in 1978 on Harvest. While there are tiny snippets of harmonium separating the individual short stories contained here, it's primarily a spoken word effort.
Cutler entertains an enthusiastic live Glasgow audience with a series of short anecdotes, numbered but not presented in numerical order, delivered dry and straight but with an understated smirk and parent-friendly sardonicism that reminds me of the likes of spiritual ancestor David Sedaris. The stories are gentle and everyday but the characters and situations he paints are convincingly three-dimensional and often laugh-out-loud funny, finding a kind of mid-point between thoughtful prose and stand-up comedy. It's a strange thing to have come out on Harvest, but remains an engaging and entertaining portrait of a wonderfully colourful character.
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