Singer Phil Minton performs his own version of the traditional British Folk song - The Cutty Wren. A song from the Peasants' Revolt (1381) which was caused by many grievances, one of which was excessive Poll Tax. The Cutty Wren were the mercenary police whom the peasants fought and occasionally killed. When this happened, the peasants would destroy the evidence as well as stave off hunger and starvation. So the song is about eating policemen.
(Purists note - Mr Minton sings "John the Red Rose" instead of "John the red nose" because guitarist John Russell - who for many years ran Mopomoso free improvised music night, at the Red Rose club in London - was sitting right in front of him and he, well, got a little confused...)
With piano accompaniment and arrangement by Veryan Weston.

Film by Helen Petts. Shown in a special feature on Phil Minton at the Il Gesto del Suono Film Festival in Bolzano, Italy 2009 and Zwei Tage Zeit Festival Zurich 2012, The Voice and the Lens symposium Icon Gallery, Birmingham 2012, Spitalfields Music Festival at the Whitechapel Gallery 15 June 2014.

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