Professor Wurzel's Wurzelmania

A Wurzelography of Wurzel Session Players

Original Wurzelmania page by 'Zider Ed' - Paul Gunningham and Frank Blades
An incomplete the moment!

Over the years many musicians have supported both Adge and The Wurzels - either on-record or at gigs but who could never be considered  'Wurzels' in the true sense. This doesn't diminish their part in The Wurzels' story by any means so here they are!

  • 'Dapper' Dan - introduced as the drummer on the track 'Up The Clump' on the 1968 album 'Cutler Of The West' (but not credited on the album sleeve).
  • Eddie Clayton and Dougie Wright - both credited on drums on the 1969 'Carry On Cutler!' album.
  • Andy White, Dougie Wright and Tony Fennell - all credited on drums on the 1975 'The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!' album.
  • Andy White, Dougie Wright and The Keith Monk Sound - all credited on the 1976 'Combine Harvester' album for their support; Andy and Dougie - one would presume - for their drumming. The Keith Monks Sound System's input is less obvious, but is probably involved in "enhancing and enriching the quality of the sound" (according to their website)
  • Sue Martine and Andy White - thanked on the 1977 'Golden Delicious' album sleeve notes. Andy was, no doubt, the drummer on the album; Sue's input is more of a mystery, but one would presume that it is her voice heard on the song 'School Days, Young Days'.
  • Rod Owen (The Wurzels musical director) and Ed Welch (The Wurzels arranger) on keyboards, Dougie Wright (drums) - credited on the 1978 'I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here' album. Bill Pinell is also mentioned on the sleeve notes on the album sleeve as 'our ever cheerful drummer' - this is the only time he received any credits, and he does not appear to have played on the recording sessions.
  • Geoff Betsworth (acoustic guitar, dobro, steel guitar and harmonies) and Malcolm Mason (guitar, sequences and harmonies) - played on and composed material for the I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver EP (1995).
  • Becky Hutchison, Emma Richardson, Anna Chaddock and Sarah Clarke - backing vocals and cheers on 'I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver'.
  • Chris Goulstone - 'Rawk' guitar on 'Rock DJ' and 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me' on 'Never Mind the Bullocks, Ere's The Wurzels'.
  • Alan Wilson - Rockabilly guitar on 'Country House' and 'Tubthumping' on 'Never Mind the Bullocks, Ere's The Wurzels'.
  • Reg Watson - Steel guitar on 'It Wasn't Me' on 'Never Mind the Bullocks, Ere's The Wurzels'.
  • Cally P. - Backing vocals on 'Oo Ar Just A Little Bit', 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me', 'Rock DJ' and 'Tubthumping' on 'Never Mind the Bullocks, Ere's The Wurzels'.
  • Bob Noxious - Guest vocals on 'It Wasn't Me', 'Come On Santa' and 'Rock DJ' on 'Never Mind the Bullocks, Ere's The Wurzels'.
  • Jack, Ali and Hannah Greenwood - Backing vocals on 'Dead From The Waist Down' and 'Rock DJ' on 'Never Mind the Bullocks, Ere's The Wurzels'.
  • Tony Blackburn - Vocals on 'I Am a Cider Drinker 2007'

In addition Mervyn Hancock's book Wurzel's World mentions keyboard player Paul Buck, bass player Ron Keys and drummer Bill Pinnell as musicians 'who have supported the band over the years'. These appear to be musicians who have played with the band but never recorded with them.

If anyone knows anything more about the people listed above, or knows of anyone missing from the list, then I'd be interested to hear from you. I'd also be interested to know what became of former band members - did any of 'em make any further records, take up different careers, or what? If you have any news, don't keep it to yourself - please let us know.

There are three excellent reference sources to go to for detailed information about Adge, his Wurzels and those people who supported them all for many years; these are all readily available online and in bookshops:

Wurzels' World   by Mervyn Hancock, paperback - 2004       which can be obtained via in their on-line shop

Adge: King of the Wurzels   by John Hudson, paperback – 2012

Bristol Folk: A Discographical History of Bristol Folk Music in the 1960s and 1970s   by Mark James, paperback - 2009

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