Folk Icon to Play Wirksworth Book Festival

Ashley Hutchings, once described by Bob Dylan as “the single most important person in English Folk Rock”, is playing a one off event in Wirksworth for their Book Festival.

Derbyshire resident, Ashley, was a founding member of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band.  He has recorded 90 albums, written music for television and film, and was awarded an MBE for services to folk music.

This show is an evening of words and music, accompanied by Becky Mills, a singer-songwriter and guitar whom Ashley works with as often as he can.

As Musical Director for groundbreaking shows, such as Lark Rise to Candleford and The Mysteries, he has achieved great success with the National Theatre. Lately Ashley has increasingly brought poetry and prose into his performances, crafting a separate career as a wordsmith.  He has performed his poetry at Shakespeare’s Globe and been published with his book, “Words, Words, Words.”

This show brings together the two creative threads of Ashley Hutchings, offering both wordsmith and musician to the audience.

When: 5th April 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Wirksworth Town Hall
Tickets: Buy from Wirksworth Framing Company, 22 Market Place, DE4 4ET, or on the door.

Clare Washbrook

Professional editor, journalist, writer. Lived in Belper for nearly 2 decades BA(Hons) English/Theatre, Post-grads in Journalism, Ethics and Law. First an editor in chief in 1995. Community affiliations: Poppy Installations for WWI Centenary, Belper Goes Green, formerly Amber Valley Solidarity for Refugees. No political party memberships.

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