Ivor Cutler (or Mr Cutler as he liked to be known) was brought up in Glasgow to Jewish parents. His father tried to get him into the family trade of selling and peddling but Cutler had other ideas. During WW2 he joined the RAF but did not do so well and was reprimanded for spending more time looking at clouds than navigating his plane.
He went on to become a teacher, his eccentric style not being to everyone's tastes! However, he found a home at alternative school Summerhill followed by many years teaching in inner-city London.
It was during his time teaching in London that CUtler began performing his off-beat poetry and songs accompanined by his trusty harmonium. He is one of the only people to have been played on Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as being championed by John Peel and The Beetles to name two.
Ivor Cutler performed his Virgin on the Ridiculous show in 1976 at BAC.