English traditional music is celebrated in the Queen's Birthday Honours as musician, songwriter and bandleader Ashley Hutchings is made an MBE for his services to folk music.
|Ashley: ace of bass|
Ashley said: "I'm obviously very proud of this honour but it's England's musical tradition that's being recognised as much as me."
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
During the 1970s, Hutchings worked with National Theatre director Bill Bryden composing the music to 'The Mysteries', 'Lark Rise to Candleford' and 'The World Turned Upside Down'.
Education has also been an important element in Ashley’s career. EMI commissioned him to put together an LP of traditional dance tunes specifically aimed at school children and he has conducted numerous workshops to introduce young people to England's folk song and dance.
He was also the driving force behind Fairport Convention’s seminal album 'Liege & Lief'.
FolkCast says: "Congratulations to The Guvnor! A well deserved honour for the man we shall continue to call Sir Ashley."