Friday, 26 September 2014

A musical kickabout for Ken and The Guv'nor

Football, folk-rock and the 1950s are just three subjects to inspire songwriters Ken Nicol and Ashley Hutchings.
Ken and Ashley

The musical duo - both former members of Steeleye Span as well as many other bands and projects - will be performing in October with a show packed with original music written together and individually over the past four decades.

Preston-based guitarist and singer Ken and Chesterfield-based Ashley first united in the Albion Band in the 1990s, and since then have come together on various projects including an acclaimed album, Copper, Russet And Gold, which was released four years ago.

Ashley - a founder member of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and the Albion Band, and known as The Guv'nor of Folk-Rock - said: "This is the first time Ken and I have played together for three years, and we're really looking forward to doing it again."

The show will be an entertaining mix of folk and singer-songwriter music, plus other strands from the pair's repertoire, including blues, rocking instrumentals and even comedy songs and music from Ken’s exciting album ‘The Glass Chronicles’ which in its full format is a 90-minute stage musical about life, death and the afterlife.

And there will also be the first plays of some new material from two new projects.

Ashley said: "I'm doing an album of twangy rock and roll, the kind of thing that was around in the 1950s and the early sixties, when I was growing up. Ken's featured on that album along with other musicians, some of them from the era, some of them folk musicians, and three teenage girl singers called The Velveteens, who love that style of music.

"The other project we're working on, again with Ken, is what I call 'an intelligent album of football songs'. These are not the simple singalongs that have been done before but rather songs about all aspects of the game: the drama of the penalty shoot-out, for instance, or the glamour of autograph hunting, and even one sung from the point of view of the pitch!"

Ken is devoted to Preston North End while London-born Ashley is a Tottenham Hotspurs fan.

"We often text each other when our teams are shown on TV. Ken's the only person who texts me about Spurs, except for my son, Blair (Dunlop)," laughs Ashley.

Ashley Hutchings And Ken Nicol - October 2014 Tour Dates
• Thurs 2nd. ­­Tenterden Town Hall, Tenterden, Kent. 
• Fri 3rd. ­­The Milkmaid Folk Arts Centre, Bury St Edmunds, West Suf­folk. 
• Thurs 9th. ­­Sand­bach Town Hall, Sand­bach, Cheshire. 
• Fri 10th. The Grand The­atre, Clitheroe, Lan­cashire. 
• Sat 11th. ­­Edge Hill Arts Centre, Orm­skirk, Lan­cashire. 

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