whose founding roles in Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band changed the sound of popular folk music.
The seminal 1969 Fairport album 'Liege & Lief' is considered (by anyone whose opinion holds sway) to be the definitive British progressive folk record, and was voted 'Most Influential British Folk Album Of All Time' at the 2006 British Folk Awards. In 2015 Ashley was awarded an MBE for Services to Music.
Ashley's career spans six decades, and even a short conversation with him is packed with recollections and stories of trips, experiences and encounters which transport you into their very midst. He is musician, poet, storyteller, raconteur - and someone who has shaped the music which has evolved into the popular folk-rock music of today.
And now - we have the prospect of an intimate evening in his company, here at St Cuthbert's House. Accompanied by the very beautiful singer-songwriter Becky Mills, with whom Ashley has collaborated over several years, he will treat us to an evening of songs, stories and rattling good company.
Ashley has just released his new album 'Paradise and Thorns', of which he is very proud. It's the follow-up, which has long been in his heart, to his genre-defying and critically-acclaimed 1987 album 'By Gloucester Docks I sat down and wept - A love story'. He describes this new work as his 'best-ever album', and he will bring us some of these new songs alongside some classics, taking us on a journey into his journey...
It's very rare that we'll have opportunity to get up close and personal with someone so influential, and yet so warmly open, honest and approachable. There is no better context for an evening with Ashley Hutchings. Call or email, to get your name on the list. There are unlikely to be any spare seats for this one.
By happy coincidence, this month's Prog magazine carries a six-page interview with Ashley, and we've scanned it for you to read by clicking here.