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"Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in English folk rock. Before that his group Fairport Convention recorded some of the best versions of my unreleased songs. Listen to the bass playing on Percy's Song to hear how great he is."


~ Bob Dylan.

(27.8.2015)

 

New Albums Released!

Ashley Hutchings New Album

"Street Cries"


Originally released in 2001 by Topic Records this album was originally described by the late, great John Peel as "truly great" and Ashley considers this to be one of his top five albums.
High praise indeed as he has released 94. The album features traditional songs re-interpreted lyrically and musically into the modern day. Think Romeo and Juliet into West Side Story. The cast of performers - a different vocal line-up for each track - reads like a who's who of the British folk and roots scene. Memorable performances from, among others, Cara Dillon, Steve Knightley, John Tams, Vin Garbutt, June Tabor and Dick Gaughan.
Ashley's creative re-telling of the stories, the artists' individual performances and the Banksy inspired new cover artwork completes the transformation to the modern idiom.

"From Psychedelia to Sonnets"


From Psychedelia to Sonnets, the remarkable journey of Ashley Hutchings MBE, is a new live in concert double-album featuring Ashley, Ruth Angell and Becky Mills. It is available from Talking Elephant Records. This ground-breaking album, in structure unlike anything else anyone has made, chronicles Ashley's life in words and music and is based around his book 'Words, Words, Words'.

Ashley Hutchings New Album

More Key Albums

  • Ashley Hutchings - Liege & Lief

    Liege & Lief - Fairport Convention, 1969, Island Records

    "There was a lot of very whimsical stuff happening in the late '60s. We never really felt part of that. When we made Liege & Lief it was like Bergman was coming in to direct it. It was the Seventh Seal, not Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was magical, but the magic was elemental" - Ashley Hutchings, The Guardian, August, 2007, in an interview with John Harris.

  • Ashley Hutchings - By Gloucester Docks

    By Gloucester Docks I sat down and wept - A love story - Ashley Hutchings, 1987, Paradise & Thorns

    "Like books, there are certain albums which should never be allowed to go out of print, and this is certainly one of them. It is almost impossible to classify this memorial, so clearly does it transcend every known genre. This is partly because it incorporates every known genre" - Ian Maun. "The album is the nearest popular music has come to T.S.Eliot's The Waste Land" - Nigel Schofield.

  • Ashley Hutchings - Twangin' n' a-Traddin'

    Twangin' 'n' a-Traddin' - Twangy rock meets foot-tapping folk -The Ashley Hutchings Big Beat Combo, 1994, HTD Records

    "It's finally clear just how ahead of its time the album was. And there's a track called Twang me down my old mohair space-suit. How can you resist ?" - Oz Hardwick.

  • Ashley Hutchings - My Land is Your Land

    My land is your land - A celebration of English and Italian cultures in music and words - Ashley Hutchings and Ernesto De Pascale, 2008, The Esoteric Record Co.

    "Some of these tracks were first released back in 2008...but this release is fuller and more beautifully presented. Hutchings notes it as a favourite album of his long career and it's easy to understand why". - Jeanette Leech (Shindig).

~ All available from Talking Elephant Records ~

Richard Thompson quote


Books

Ashley Hutchings Autobiography Book

"Ashley Hutchings - The Guv'nor & the Rise of Folk Rock - featuring Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span & The Albion Country Band "

The authorised biography by Brian Hinton and Geoff Wall.

Published by Helter Skelter.

Ashley Hutchings Biography part 2

"Ashley Hutchings - Always Chasing Rainbows" (1973 to 1992)

The authorised biography part two by Brian Hinton and Geoff Wall.

400 pages and 400 pictures - Available on ebook in disc form only.

Ashley Hutchings

"Words Words Words"

Ashley Hutchings' selection from his song lyrics, poems and album sleevenotes.

Available from Talking Elephant Records.

~ All available from Talking Elephant Records ~

Ten Miles Going There and Ten Miles Coming Back

Song Lyrics

  • The action in this song takes place in rolling Tuscan hills
    And also in the Yorkshire lanes, remote and rural still

    When my family lived in the mountains
    And grandad baked the bread
    It was gran who went on market day
    With a basket on her head
    With a basket on her head
    Down many a dusty track
    For ten miles going there
    And ten miles coming back

    When my grandad worked on the farm lands
    With spade and fork and hoe
    Four times a year for some extra brass
    To the hiring fair he'd go
    To the hiring fair he'd go
    His tools in a sack
    For ten miles going there
    And ten miles coming back

    When my father had the affliction
    Of love the first time round
    He would tread the path on which she walked
    He worshipped the very ground

  • He worshipped the very ground she trod
    In winter he carried her pack
    For ten miles going there
    And ten miles coming back

    The mountain road and the country lane
    Have many a tale to tell
    Of a solitary soul on a heavenly path
    Or a poor man bound for his hell
    Or maybe a maid with her head in the clouds
    Or a pilgrim most devout
    Or a carrier counting the paces home
    Or a fool whose luck had run out

    There are photographs spread on the mantel
    They're faded, creased and torn
    Of people who trod an endless path
    Since the day that they were born
    Since the day that they were born, and so
    I drive to the churchyard and back
    For it's only ten miles there
    And ten short miles coming back




Awards

  • Premio Ciampi Lifetime Achievement

    Premio Ciampi Lifetime Achievement.

    Livorno, Italy, 2004.

  • BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

    BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Good Tradition Award.

    London, 2006.

  • BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

    BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Most influential folk album of all time.

    Voted for by the listeners of BBC Radio 2 - Liege & Lief by Fairport Convention. London, 2006.

  • Talkawhile Folk Awards

    Talkawhile Folk Awards, 2007 Hancock Award.

    "All round good egg folkie."

  • EFDSS Gold Badge Award

    EFDSS Gold Badge Award.

    London, 2013.

  • MBE award

    MBE award for services to music 2015.

    United Kingdom, 2015.

"one of my biggest heroes; a great man."

~ Sandy Denny