Friday, 4 March 2011

Remember Savage Cabbage? - Surrey and Hants News

If you remember seeing a blues band called Savage Cabbage playing locally in the 60s, whose songs included one named after a Wrecclesham road, the publishers of a new volume of books about the band, would love to hear from you.

The only existing member of the four-piece band is Doc Togden, who lived locally, and attended Farnham Art School in 1970 and 1971.

He is the author of the four volume memoire, An Odd Boy. Part one, 'The Crossroads', is to published later this year by Aro Books Worldwide - who also print books on the teachings of the Aro Tradition of Nyingma Buddhism.

If the name Doc Togden doesn't mean anything to you though, maybe Farquhar Arbuthnot does.  That is the name he went by whilst with the band, whose other members were Ron Larkin, Steve Bruce, and Jack Hackman

Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin Tridral, of Aro Books, told the Surrey and Hants News: "Savage Cabbage played in the Farnham, Frimley, Wrecclesham and Camberley areas in the late 1960s. "They were a Four-piece band with lead guitar, lead bass guitar, drums and rhythm bass guitar/harmonica/vocals."

He added: "The band also played Wrecclesham and Alton Town Hall."

Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin Tridral also told the Surrey and Hants News: "One of their songs was named Echo Barn Lane after the road in Wrecclesham."

"It would be wonderful if we could find people who remember Savage Cabbage." If you do, you should email: arobooksworldwide@gmail.com or call 07092 984961.

(Picture) Above: Doc Togden who was known as Farquhar Arbuthnot when he was with the band Savage Cabbage, which his book 'An Odd Boy' documents.



This article appeared in the Surrey and Hants News, 1st March 2011

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