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Albion Magazine

 "You can't trust folk songs. They always sneak up on you."
- Granny Weatherwax in Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

The Alchemist Of Electric Morris

Ashley Hutchings1945-

Now here's a true English original.........Ashley Hutchings' remarkable and incredible contribution to the British Folk Revival has often been compressed into the shorthand, that goes something like this: Father of Folk-Rock, Alchemist of Electric Morris,The Guv'nor, founder-member of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, the many Albion Bands, The Ashley Hutchings All-Stars, The Ashley Hutchings Big Beat Combo,The Ashley Hutchings Dance Band, and his many solo albums, though even these have many members of the various bands associated with Ashley. This, however, does not even begin to detail the full scope of his accomplishments. Ashleys' enormous importance and contribution, as band-leader, arranger, musician, and above all popularist of English-based folk music is centred upon his own particular blend of tradition and innovation.
Ashley Hutchings was born on 26th January 1945,in Southgate, Middlesex, and spent his early years in the Muswell Hill area of North London. His father, Leonard, was a pianist with his own dance band - Leonard Hutchings and His Embassy Five. The young Hutchings followed his passionate interest in all forms of popular music. During the early sixties he led a number of short-lived groups - the Still Waters, the Blue Reeds, Dr. K's Blues Band, Tim Turner's Narration and the Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra. Skiffle, R'n'B and the singer-songwriters of North America provided the repertoire for the early bands that eventually became Fairport Convention, or as rumour had it, very nearly, Electric Rhutabaga.......

A Word In Your Ear

These five albums, four compliations, plus a live recording done on the occasion of Ashley Hutchings' 50th birthday, comprise a very clear over-view of  his career, and we feel a good place for the first time listener to start. Ashley's body of work is huge, but at the same time, the integrity and the quality of the work remains constant throughout.
We here, at Albion's Music, are in the process of creating a full website in regards to Ashley Hutchings, and we hope you'll visit us there, as well, the link can be found via the photograph of Ashley, at the top of the page. There is much still to do, both here and on the aforementioned site, plus work is underway on websites about what we consider to be the important albums in Ashley's career:
 
 
and other plain capers
 
 
 
other links to other sites
relating to Ashley can be found
on the Along The Downs page

The Guv'nor Vol.1 1994
HTD Records HTD CD 23 1994

The Guv'nor Vol. 2. 1995
HTD Records HTD CD 29

The Guvn.or Vol.3  1995
HTD Records HTD CD 38

The Guv'nor Vol. 4 1996
HTD Records HTD CD 66 1996

The Guv'nor's Big Birthday Bash
HTD Records HTD CD 39 1995

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