Ashley Hutchings & Becky Mills

“The Guv’nor” of British folk-rock himself, Ashley Hutchings MBE, returns to The Atkinson with a brand new song & poetry show for 2021, accompanied by the renowned English singer-songwriter and accompanist Becky Mills.

Leading the audience through the subject of Love – “Man’s noblest frailty” – and drawing heavily from Ashley’s masterpiece albums “Paradise and Thorns” and “By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept”, the duo will present a sublime mix of traditional and modern folk, new songs and old, dramatic readings, sonnets, diary excerpts, and superb lyrics and musicianship.

Ashley Hutchings‘ long and distinguished musical career includes being a founding member of three of the UK’s most influential folk acts: Fairport Convention, where he played on the band’s first four albums, including the pioneering folk-rock classic ‘Liege & Lief’; Steeleye Span, recording three successful albums with them before breaking away in 1971; and the Albion Country Band, which subsequently evolved into the Albion Dance Band and the Albion Band, with Hutchings remaining at the helm throughout.

Becky Mills is a former member of the critically acclaimed band Waking The Witch and guest vocalist on recent albums and tours by Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol (Steeleye Span). A solo artiste in her own right, and described as “a storyteller of immense talent and imagination” (FATEA), her recent solo album “Tall Tales & Home Truths” was praised for its “bewitching songs shot through with wisdom, imagining the lives of others with enormous sympathy” (The Musician).

“Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in English folk rock”Bob Dylan. / Facebook @friendsoffolk / @AshleyHutchings70 / Facebook @beckymillsdandelion

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