The Wurzels <TheWurzels1>
Born in 1930, the founder of the Wurzels spent his earlier years pursuing various jobs he would use as material for later songs, including road manager for Acker Bilk.
He was the lead singer of the band until his untimely death in 1974.
Often referred to by Adge Cutler as 'Rotten Reg Quantrill' and also The "Man who put the 'Sod' in Chipping Sodbury" Reg was Adge's original banjo and guitar player and the longest serving member of the original band, apart from Adge himself. He was evidently a very versatile musician, not only being a jazz banjoist, but apparently was also a famous crooner in his day, known as the "Engelbert 'Umperdinck of West 'Arptree". As if this were not enough, he was also a well known local Rock 'n' Roller, known as "Snake'ips Quantrill, the Elvis Presley of Chewton Mendip". In addition to all this he was a "great folk artist in his own right".
The longest serving Wurzel, Tommy joined the band in 1967, and is still going strong. Usually seen playing accordion, but has also played piano in the Wurzels' past. His Scottish accent remains, but he is the band member most likely to be seen actually drinking cider during gigs these days.
The familiar front-man of the post-Cutler band, Pete Budd originally joined the Wurzels as a banjo player in 1970, his distinctive West Country vocals made him an obvious replacement after Adge's death.
He continues to sing, and play banjo and guitar for the band, including in his repertoire a Mark Knopfler-esque guitar lead on their modern version of I Wish I Was Back On The Farm, originally made famous by George Formby.