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Ashley Hutchings
Now, Here Is The News


Caught Riding A Bike With No Lights, After Lighting Up Time.
Now, Here Is The News
The Alchemist Of Electric Morris
Fairport Convention
Steeleye Span
The Albion Country Band : No Roses
Battle Of The Field
The Etchingham Steam Band
Morris On
The Albion Band : Stave 1
The Albion Band : Stave 2
Street Cries
Sway With Me
The Women of Albion
An Albion Christmas
A Batter Pudding For John Keats : Other Albums
Friends And Relations
Nic Jones : A Special Friend and Relation
Favourite Album Covers
Acknowledgements and Thanks
Albion Links

Inquiring Minds Need To Know

The Gouv'nor and A Friend

.........And know you shall,and as soon as we can gather it, all the news you need to know, on the doings of Mr Hutchings and his associates. Listed Below, as you can see are the dates for forthcoming Albion Christmas Tour of The Albion Band.  An Albion Christmas is just wonderful and magical. On the Albion Tales page, on this site, we'll be featuring  more details about the Christmas events, just as we did last year, so keep your eyes open, and remember, if you haven't heard the Albion Band recently, you haven't heard the Albion Band!....Take care...
Sam and leila

An Albion Christmas 2002

Ashley Hutchings with Simon Nicol, Simon Care & Kellie While



Sat 7th


Central Studio, Basingstoke 01256 418318

Sun. 8th

Isle of Wight

Mon. 9th

Nettlebed Village Club 01628 636620

Thurs. 12th

The Swan, Leek 01538 373471

Fri. 13th

Harberton Parish Hall, Totnes 01803 867650

Sun. 15th

Opera House, Buxton 01298 72190 (supported by John Kirkpatrick)

Tues. 17th

Huntingdon Hall, Worcester 01905 611427

Wed. 18th

Regal Centre, Worksop 01909 474458

Thurs. 19th

Phoenix Arts, Leicester 0116 255 4854

Fri. 20th

The Met, Bury 0161 761 7107

Sat. 21st

Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter 01392 667080

And This As Well!

Biography Press Launch

The first part of Ashleys biography, The Guvnor & the Rise of Folk Rock written by Brian Hinton and Geoff Wall, received a successful press launch at the publishers Helter Skelter in the last week of July. The Albion Band played acoustically and there was a chance for Ashley to meet up with friends, old and new.

The Biography was officially released at Cropredy Festival in August. The book details Ashleys life and the early years of Fairport, Steeleye Span and the Albion Band up to 1973. Subsequent volumes will deal with the later years. Published by Helter Skelter, there is a hardback version at 20.00 and a paperback version at 14.99. Both versions contain a wealth of photographs and personal recollections from many of the influential personalities on the folk and folk / rock scene. Ashley was involved with signing sessions and the sales were astounding!

Now you really can't say fairer than that, can you? The Biography is now available  in Canada, run right out and buy it, because the last time we checked, a number of book shops had already sold out, Ashley being thepopular fellow he is, and all that......

Some Sad News To Relate......



Following the Autumn tour the current line-up of The Albion Band will be breaking up. This is as a result of the shrinking number of gigs available to the band. This has made it difficult for members to commit themselves full time to the group. Consequently, there are no current plans to continue with the band.


And Definitely On The Brighter Side


Legendary fiddler Dave Swarbrick will take part in a special celebration of his life and work at Chatham's Brook Theatre on 14th November. Dave will be interviewed about his illustrious career, a variety of fiddle players will tell how Swarb influenced them and an array of top musicians will be playing. Confirmed for 'An Audience with Dave Swarbrick' so far are Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Joe Broughton (Albion Band), Tom Leary, Ian Cutler (Hot Rats), Kevin Dempsey, Alistair Hulett, Roy Bailey and Beryl Marriott. Tickets are 10.00 and can be obtained from the Brook Theatre Box Office on 01634 338338. Swarbrick has recently signed a deal to record a CD of his own compositions, to be called Swarbrick plays Swarbrick, with classical music label Naxos. Having decided that Swarb is uncategorisable as English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, traditional or anything else, Naxos has decided to simply call his style 'Swarbfiddle'. The CD will be completed by April 2003 and will feature contributions from many fine musicians.