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Trad: arr. Hutchings
The Folk-Rock God


This product is included in: Burning Bright

Did He Who Made The Span Make Thee?

Herein, we explore various aspects of trad: arr . Hutchings . Ashley's thumbnail self-portrait for the sleeve-notes of his first Cecil Sharp album modestly said:   "The performer will probably be remembered for his part in the popularising of folk-songs and folk-dance music ". CD2 brought us the folk-dance; on CD4 we turn our attention to the songs, both "trad: arr ." and trad-ish ".

Ashley's earliest recordings reflect an interest in folk-inspired songs, and a series of trad: arr . tracks ( Nottamun Town, She Moves Through The Fair, A Sailor's Life ) paved the way to the defining album of the genre , Liege & Lief .   While Fairport deviated from the path of pure folk-rock (into singer-songwriting, rock opera), Ashley remained doggedly traditionalist through his albums with Steeleye , and with No Roses and Morris On . With creation of The Albion Band, he began to paint from a broader palette, but retained the spirit of the tradition within the band's music.

Guests Galore!! -   on this CD include rarities from Fairport, Steeleye and a clutch of Albions ( Country Band, Christma s Band, and Albion Bands from '87 to '95); There's Derbyshire's Coope Boyes & Simpson ,   and John Tams , and someone called Sharp wheeling a bike!    Morris On and his Great Grandson are each sampled, plus many more rare session- and tour-recordings of Ashley Classics.

It seems entirely appropriate that this CD celebrates the electrification , literally and metaphorically, of traditional songs for which "the godfather of folk-rock " is most renowned.

1 A Calling On Song Steeleye Span, from: Hark! The Village Wait, 1971
2 Appalachian Front Porch Game Albion Band, from: Live recording, 1995
3 Pine Mountain (excerpt) Ashley Hutchings, from: From: 'An evening with Cecil Sharp and Ashley Hutchings' Specially recorded for this set, 2005
4 Matty Groves Cecil Sharp Centenary Collective, from: As I cycled out on a May Morning, 2004
5 She moves through the fair Fairport Convention, from: unreleased out-take, 1969
6 Doin' Time to Fit your Crime Coope Boyes Simpson/John Tams, from: Street Cries, 2001
7 Rambleaway Albion Band, from: 1990, 1990
8 Didn't he Ramble Albion Band, from: Live Recording, 1993
9 Gallant poacher Albion Country Band, from: Battle of the field, 1973
10 Jack-in-the-green on Saturday Night , from: Great Grandson of Morris On, 2004
11 Hopping Down in Kent Shirley version, from: session recording, 1976
11 Hopping Down in Kent Tam version, from: Live recording, London, 1977
12 Cuckoo's Nest from Morris On, from: Morris On, 1972
13 Horn Fair Etchingham Steam Band, from: Live recording, 1974
14 Captain Coulston Steeleye Span, from: Ten Man Mop, 1971
15 Flandyke Shore Albion Band, from: Acousticity On Tour, 1993
16 Wolfe Albion Band, from: Archive Live recording, 1990
17 Rebecca Johnson Albion Band, from: Albion Heart, 1995
18 He ran out of Road Albion Band, from: Road Movies, 2000
19 Claudy Banks Various Artists, from: 100 Years of British Folk Music - Radio Broadcast, 1999
20 Somerset Wassail Albion Christmas Band, from: An Albion Xmas, 2003

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