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This is the Northern high point of a few months of scattered performances of this special show around the country.
With words and music Ashley entertains in his romp through his musical career, accompanied by two of his favourite singer/musicians, Ruth Angell and Becky Mills.
“Unmissable. I was entranced” – Fatea internet magazine
“An inspired work from start to finish, full of fascinating twists and turns” – BBC Music
“Ashley Hutchings is the most important figure in English folk-rock” – Bob Dylan, 2015.
Ashley Hutchings is renowned as the founder of Fairport Convention and other successful folk rock bands including Steeleye Span and the Albion Band (in all its many guises and reincarnations).
What is less well known about Ashley is his talent as a wordsmith. In 2014 he published his first book Words Words Words a personal selection of song lyrics, poems, sonnets and other writings that both span his entire career and tell his story.
With humour, drama and passion he takes the audience back in time to revisit the heady days of the pschedelic 60s and onward through the following years adding detail to the history of the bands he has created and describing some of the many projects he has brought to fruition.
This September and October sees a packed programme of gigs which showcase the finest international and local artists. From Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations and pop icons Heaven 17 to local stars Field Music and Brazilian hip hop activist Billy Saga, we have your musical taste...
Sage Gateshead showcases a strong line-up of folk, roots and blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic.