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Dance and Drama
Ashley on-Stage


This product is included in: Burning Bright

What Dread Hands? And What Dread Feet?

Ashley Hutchings and theatre!

Ashley Hutchings and the spirit of the dance!

Ashley Hutchings - Where does one begin?

Even in the early days, there was something theatrical about Ashley's bands - the drama of the Fairport launch gig; the look of Fairport on stage; Steeleye' s use of costume and lengthy stage chat; Corunna , in which Steeleye became the first rock-band to take a play on the road.

Liege & Lief first electrified jigs and reels, and what was begun with Dave Swarbrick continued with Peter Knight in Steeleye .

The Albion Band , a name first used for musicians playing at the National Theatre , evolved from The Albion Dance Band formed with the specific purpose of playing for dances. Subsequent versions of the band were as likely to perform a multi-faceted entertainment on a theme as a standard concert; or they may play for dancing under the guise of The Albion , or The Ashley Hutchings , Dance Band . Ashley's albums contain a higher proportion of speech to music than any other rock musician's.

The Albion Country Band's concerts used to erupt from the stage with the appearance of the Albion Morris . Both Tony Harrison and Bill Bryden have remarked that it was the impact and spectacle of these dance performances that led to both dance and promenade as vital elements of their National Theatre productions.

Guests on this CD include rarities from more of the Albion family   - Christmas Band, - Danc e Band ,   - Countr y Band et al; and the Morris On family ? Morris On himself, Gt Grandson and more; plus theatre and rock classics from Lark Rise, Nativity, River Hymn, Liege & Lief , plus choice picks from Passion, Ploughjack and Pudding ( Batter , that is!) - and not forgettin' some Tornado -twangin' twistin'-rock from The Big Beat Combo ( RT , gtr.)

1 Loose Hornpipe/Dancing till Monday Comes Around Albion Dance Band, from: Live recording, 1988
2 Gloucester Hornpipe/Mr Trill's Song The Morris On Show - Live, from: Huntingdon Hall, 2004
3 Sharp on Morris (excerpt) Albion Christmas Band, from: An Albion Christmas, 2003
4 Staines Morris from Morris On, from: Morris On, 1972
5 Tunes from Terpsichore (excerpt) Albion Band, from: Live Recording, 1979
6 William Prynne (edit|) Bernard Hepton, from: Compleat Dancing Master, 1974
7 Medley: The Lark in the Morning /Rakish Paddy / Foxhunter's Jig / Toss the Feathers Fairport Convention, from: Liege & Lief, 1969
8 Dowd's favourite/10 float/Musical priest Steeleye Span, from: Live Session Recording, 1970
9 Princess Royal Albion Country Band, from: July 4th, 1972
10 Shepherds Hey/Orange in Bloom/The Quaker The Morris On Show - Live, from: June 18 / Huntingdon Hall, 2004
11 Boz (edit) Michael Hordern, from: Compleat Dancing Master, 1974 (plus) High Level Hornpipe, Sawdust Band, from: Live Recording, 1976
12 Spirit of the dance/Shooting Albion Band, from: Italian Concert, 1981
13 Cup o' tea vs Batter Pudding Ashley Hutchings, from: Batter Pudding for John Keats, 1996
14 Rapid Polka The Ashley Hutchings Dance Band, from: Batter Pudding for John Keats, 1996
15 Soldier's Joy Albion Band, from: Cheltenham Concert, 1990
16 Twistin' til Monday comes around/Twistin' Welsh Girls The Ashley Hutchings Big Beat Combo, from: Twangin' 'n' a-Traddin', 1994
17 Ring on her Finger Ashley Hutchings' All Stars, from: By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept (live), 1988
18 To Ireland I made my Way Ashley Hutchings' All-Stars, from: Lark Rise to Candleford, 1988
19 The Elements Lament Albion Band, from: from "Key to the North" (Live), 1988
20 We Sing Allelujah Albion Band, from: Live Recording, 1981
21 Rattlebone (edit) Ashley Hutchings, from: Rattlebone & Ploughjack, 1976
22 Wooden O Albion Band, from: Happy Accident, 1998
23 Maria Marten Shirley Collins, from: No Roses, 1971

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