The Wurzels

"Old Rosie"


This track was released on 30th June 2017. Initially released via internet download (on the CIA record label catalogue CIA21P) it later became available on CD as a limited edition pressing.

The Band Line-Up:

At the time of the recording of this single The Wurzels consisted of Pete Budd, Tommy Banner, John Morgan, Sedge Moor.

The Track:

The Wurzels 2017 single told the of the infamous 1921 Aveling and Porter steam roller “Old Rosie” which was named after the Laurie Lee book “Cider with Rosie". The song tells the true story of the steam roller being found in a rusty state after years of neglect and its finder's vision to one day restore the engine and bodywork to her former glory and of the proud day when his dream becomes a reality as she rolls up to the 'Greatest Steam Show on Earth' in Dorset. The song was written by the group's Pete Budd and produced by part-time Wurzel Louie Nicastro.

'Old Rosie' also gave its name to a brand of cider produced by Weston & Sons Ltd, who teamed up with both the Dorset Steam Fair and The Wurzels for this release and the associated promotional activities.

The single's release was accompanied by a music video posted on The Wurzels YouTube channel starring The Wurzels and 'Old Rosie' made at Weston's Cider Mill in Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

Collectors' Extras:

A promotional copy of this single was made available for radio stations. The sleeve was a colour printed card - front as shown top of page, the back as shown right. 

Weston Cider also produced a limited edition CD of this single - very similar to the official promotional copy and again in a card sleeve but with a few subtle differences to promote the 'Old Rosie' brand of cider.

And finally - a copy of the 30th June 2017 press release for the 'Old Rosie' single.