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Is Trevor Crozier?
Crozier was one of those multi-talented and fascinating people
with seemingly endless interests that he is almost impossible to
categorise. However, his influence on Scrumpy & Western music
is undeniable. The fact that he co-wrote one of Scrumpy & Western's
greatest classic songs Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee would
be enough justification alone for including him in these pages.
his involvement in Scrumpy & Western didn't end there. He recorded
a few records which have become classics in the genre and are now
much sought after by collectors - see below for further details.
But this was just one of his musical interests - he was also at
various times during his career involved in such diverse music as
skiffle, jug-band music, trad jazz, medieval music and many types
of folk music including Irish, English and Breton. Over the years
he built up a considerable reputation as a multi-instrumentalist,
songwriter, singer and entertainer as he performed at pubs, clubs
and folk festivals. Perhaps
his diversity of interests owed something to his much-travelled
youth - born in Southampton, he spent time living in various parts
of Africa. Cornwall and Devon, France, London and Ireland (and probably
was a member of the legendary House Of David Jug Band while
at Trinity College Dublin in the 1960s - he was a contemporary there
of that other songwriter with Scrumpy & Western connections,
Ian Whitcomb. After leaving university he formed the equally
legendary Broken Consort, immortalised for their strange
amalgam of medieval and Scrumpy & Western music. When
Broken Consort lived up to their name and split up, Trevor (who
was then living in Brittany, France) formed the Celtic folk group
back to Trevor's Scrumpy & Western credentials! As well as writing
arguably one of the greatest songs in the Scrumpy & Western
canon Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee, he penned a nuber of
other songs recorded Scrumpy & Western artists including The
Piddletrenthide Jug Band (recorded by The Yetties, and retitled
as The Charlton Mackerel Jug Band and recorded by Adge
Cutler & The Wurzels), Dorset Is Beautiful (recorded
by The Wurzels and The Yetties), The Verger (recorded
by The Wurzels) and the classic he recorded himself Dead Dog
content with staying in music, Trevor was spotted in a TV documentary
having branched out into - of all things - the growing and marketing
of loofahs in Africa! Sadly, this true eccentric and unique entertainer
met an untimely death in a motorcycle accident in Malawi in 1995.
As long as scrumpy drinkers gather together to sing Don't
Tell I, Tell 'Ee, he will live on, like Adge Cutler
before him, in song.
"So if ever you're in Devon and you goes into a bar
Just ask fer Dead Dog Scrumpy - it's the best there is by far.
Refuse all imitations, you'll sleep just like a log -
You can always recognise it by the hair of the dog!"
Trevor Crozier - Dead Dog Scrumy
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Parcel of Old Crams - Trevor Crozier's Broken Consort
Side 1: Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee / Zummer's Evemen Dance
/ Edi Beo Thu Heven Queene / By Jarge / Who Liveth So Merry
/ Pudden / Thousands Or More / If The Piddletrenthide Jugband
Hit The Charts
Side 2: Dead Dog Scrumpy / Soldiers Three / The Humours
Of Earls Court / Ungarescha (A Hungarian Dance) / The West
Country Wager / Parson's Farewell and All In A Garden Green
(two Playford "Dancing Master" tunes) / Tavistock Goosey
Fair / Farewell She
Over Bridgwater - Trevor Crozier & Friends
Side 1: Lamorna / Dead Dog Scrumpy / If The Piddletrenthide
Jug Band Hits The Charts / Tavistock Goosey Fayre / First
Medley Of Breton Tunes / I Like Bananas
Side 2: The Humours Of Earl's Court / The Mendip Mazurka
/ Trouble Over Bridgwater / A Pub With No Beards / Don't Tell
I, Tell 'Ee / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Teeth
live at Poynton Folk Club (Cheshire)
Farewell He ... another parcel of old crams (Various Artists)
The Trevor Crozier Tribute Album
This 24 track album is a tribite to the man’s memory and contributors number friends and admirers who have kindly donated tracks. Maddy Prior, Mike Harding, Lea Nicholson and Naomi Randall, John The Fish, Liz Dyer, The Druids, Vic Gammon (who was part of Trevor’s band Broken Consort), Paul James of Blowzabella, Shelley Rainey and Benny Graham are all here as well as the aforementioned Joe Beard and Gerry Robinson (both from the original Purple Gang). Epona MC Mike Billington also makes a few appearances.
Sleeve notes by Bill Leader and Trevor’s son Ciaran Crozier
Available from www.eponarecords.com
Crozier is also credited on the following albums:
Tawney's 1969 album Children's Songs From Devon and
Cornwall 1969 features Cyril on voice, Tom Paley on guitar
and Trevor Crozier on Jew's harp, mandolin and concertina.
plays Jew's harp on Shirley Collins and the Albion Country
Band's 1971 album No Roses. [ref: Wikipedia]
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Goodall for information about some of Trevor's records.
Banfield for his help with further information.
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