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.
This new words and music show is based on Ashley's recent double-album Paradise and Thorns. This work has gleaned fabulous reviews, such as "An absolute masterpiece" from Rock 'n Reel magazine and "This is far more than a double cd, this is art" Nigel Schofield (leading authority on folk-rock and biographer of Fairport Convention). The show reflects the album itself in that the first half / disc one is titled Gloucester docks revisited, and the second half/disc two is titled Other Tales of Love.
Ashley and Becky present an array of great songs and poetry, together with a commentary to lead the audience through the subject of Love - "Man's noblest frailty”