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4.0 out of 5 stars
A Master Imagineer, 28 Mar. 2009
Ivor Cutler was without a doubt an eccentric , and his humour follows this vein. Some of his poems,songs,and stories will make you roar with laughter and some, you will struggle to understand, as he himself admits after one such poem "dont worry I dont understand it either ".All of them though will conjure pictures in your mind of Cutlers view of the world, from his somewhat severe but ultimately loving and intensley Scottish childhood, to his own, funny, but more than probably unreliable views upon how to resist attack from variuous jungle creatures! As always delivered in his soft Scottish brogue his wry and sometimes obtuse observations are a delight.
This DVD is a recording of his last live concert in 2004 ( he retired from live performance after this and died in 2006) and a short documentary of his life, including an interview with the man himself, Paul McCartney, Billy Connolly, and others. The only reason I gave this a "Good" rather than an "Excellent" is that I feel the concert was heavily edited and seemed a tad short, although I could be mistaken here as Mr Cutler is so obviously frail and may himself have kept things short. Indeed the announcer asks the audience on Cutlers behalf "to keep the volume of any applause at about 50% of normal" and to prove the point during one enthusiastic round of applause Cutler quite firmly plugs both ears with his fingers. The concert features many gems including the seaside game from Tales From A Scotch Sitting Room, and "blind men fall in where the river bends" ponderously accompanying himself on his ancient Harmonium , which we learn during the documentary was a gift from a lady in the west country.
All in all this is a delightful summation of the mans life , work , and effect on other luminaries of the entertainment world, and only suffers from being , at 97 minutes, for me, too short. Buy , enjoy, and rue the fact that the world has too few Ivor Cutlers, and is the worse for his passing. Should you still harbour doubts as to the suitability of his work in enhancing the enjoyment of life, take a look at , a good place to start to learn about the man and his work.