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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

"Paradise and Thorns"  Ashley Hutchings Paradise and Thorns Album

Ashley has a new album released soon. Its title is Paradise and Thorns and Ashley thinks it may well be his best-ever album. Disc one is "Gloucester Docks Revisited" and disc two is "And other
tales of love".
This double-album is made up of songs, music, spoken word and aural film clips in a unique format. Featured are a wealth of outstanding singers, musicians and actors.
Talking Elephant Records are releasing this very special album on double-cd and double-vinyl, both with beautiful artwork and packaging.

"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


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 ~

On Easter Monday, the 30th of March, 1964, a party from the Muswell Hill Methodist Youth Fellowship club went for a country ramble.

Lost in the Haze

Song Lyrics

  • To Hertfordshire we did ramble,
    It was a cold, bleak Easter day,
    The rain came down in showers;
    We stopped along the way.

    Some sat on a bench for a moment,
    We two were side by side,
    A hood covered most of your mystery,
    I was open with nowhere to hide.

    Your pretty head nodded at small talk,
    "What spires, what farms are those"?
    We walked into our story
    In damp and lifeless clothes.

    First love doesn't pick the right moment,
    It strikes when your hair is distressed,
    It comes when your shoes are muddy
    And your hesitant timing's a mess.

  • We walked many miles in our story
    But it lasted less than a year.
    Heaven never allowed an extension,
    If it did we never did hear.

    I prayed for some sense to equip me
    To guide a young love such as ours,
    But I was too young and too helpless
    To negotiate ways through the showers.

    First love never runs like a movie
    There's silence,repairing and tears
    It gives you a reason for living
    Then one day the dream disappears

    First love is something precious.
    It only comes once in your days,
    You spend your life trying to recapture
    But the detail gets lost in the haze.


  • 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