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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.



New Albums Released!

Ashley Hutchings New Album

"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'.

The Ashley Hutchings Allstars
"As You like It - Live"

The Ashley Hutchings Allstars album "As You like It - Live" is being enhanced and re-released by Talking Elephant Records. This is partly as a homage to the great Pete Zorn who recently died. Pete was featured in this wonderful 1987 band, along with Polly Bolton, Clive Gregson, Dave Mattacks and John Shepherd.

At the same time Talking Elephant release "Best of the RidgeRiders", a collection of television songs about the Southern English landscape from the trio Ashley, Chris While and Phil Beer.

Also look out for one of Ashley's greatest albums, Street Cries, to be re-released this March.

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 - Street Cries

    Street Cries - A collection of dark traditional songs re-set in the present day - Ashley Hutchings, 2001, Topic Records

    "Truly great " - John Peel.

  • 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


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 ~

Art Nouveau

Song Lyrics

  • Art Nouveau - woman as flower
    Bloomed for a season, held on to its power
    Eternal emblem, designers' dream
    Worshipped on posters, fabrics and screens

    Here's a style never to pass
    As fresh as the daisies spread over the grass
    A petal, a colour, a stem and a leaf
    Each has its equal; the poets' belief

  • The curl of an ear, the curve of a neck
    Incline of a chin, the hue of a cheek
    Each has its mirror on bank and on hill
    In hedgerow, in garden, in field, if you will

    Walk your patch, at every turn
    A Holly, a Rosemary, Lily or Fern
    Woman as flower, an image for life
    Names for a child, a sweetheart, a wife

    Art Nouveau - woman as flower.


  • 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