Guv'nor, Vol. 1

The Guv'nor, Vol. 1

by Ashley Hutchings
     
 

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The first trawl through the back pages of Ashley Hutchings, the linchpin of English folk-rock, is a very productive one. The man who helped found Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and the Albion Band (among others) has a very full scrapbook, and this takes him all the way through it, from the very early -- and not particularly sparky -- Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra of

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The first trawl through the back pages of Ashley Hutchings, the linchpin of English folk-rock, is a very productive one. The man who helped found Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and the Albion Band (among others) has a very full scrapbook, and this takes him all the way through it, from the very early -- and not particularly sparky -- Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra of 1966, through the glory days of folk-rock, and into the Etchingham Steam Band, an acoustic folk outfit led by Hutchings and his then-wife, Shirley Collins, before plowing deeper into Albion Band history. So what makes this different from any artist compilation? The fact that in most cases, these are previously unreleased tracks. Sometimes that's for a reason, but at other times, as on Steeleye Span's glorious a capella "Lay Down Your Weary Tune," perhaps it's only because it didn't fit in with any album release. Maybe the crowning glory is "Four Hand Reel/St. Anne's Reel," a track from the Albion Country Band, an outfit who only made one record, although No Roses was the creative zenith of English folk-rock. Here, although just instrumental, they show all the fire and creativity of that disc. More than anything, this collection picks the minor gems of Hutchings' work. The result is not only to realize what an underrated musician he is (unless flashy bass players rarely get any credit), but also how much he's done and the years he's spent at the cutting edge of folk music.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5026389932324
catalogNumber:
1421893

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Tracks

  1. Washington at Valley Forge
  2. Some Sweet Day
  3. You're Gonna Need My Help
  4. Dear Landlord
  5. College Grove/Silver Spear
  6. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  7. Four Hand Reel/St. Anne's Reel
  8. Horn Fair
  9. Lament/Rotta  -  Albion Dance Band
  10. A Sailor's Life/One More Day
  11. Bluebell
  12. Six Days on the Road
  13. The Albion Band Is Here Again
  14. Lost in Space/Only When I Laugh
  15. Elements Lament
  16. Angelina
  17. Three Bampton Morris Tunes
  18. We Lie
  19. Didn't He Ramble

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ashley Hutchings   Primary Artist,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Upright Bass
Albion Band   Track Performer
Martin Carthy   Guitar,Vocals
Shirley Collins   Vocals
Tim Hart   Dulcimer,Vocals
Sandy Denny   Vocals
Maddy Prior   Vocals
Steeleye Span   Track Performer
Fairport Convention   Track Performer
Clive Gregson   Guitar
Richard Thompson   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Steve Ashley   Harmonica
Julie Covington   Vocals
Simon Nicol   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Andy Roberts   Guitar
Martin Simpson   Slide Guitar
Polly Bolton   Vocals
Phil Beer   Fiddle,Mandolin
Peter Bullock   Keyboards
Sue Draheim   Fiddle
Barry Dransfield   Fiddle
Judy Dyble   Vocals
Trevor Foster   Drums
Martin Lamble   Drums
Cathy Lesurf   Vocals
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Ian Matthews   Vocals
John Maxwell   Drums,Vocals
Doug Morter   Guitar,Vocals
Terry Potter   Mouth Organ
Jean-Pierre Rasle   Vocals,Crumhorn
John Shepherd   Keyboards
John Sothcott   Vielle
John Tams   Vocals
Graeme Taylor   Guitar
Dave Whetstone   Vocals,Melodeon
Bill Zorn   Vocals
Pete Zorn   Bass Guitar
Etchingham Steam Band   Track Performer
Julie Matthews   Keyboards
Chris While   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Philip Pickett   Shawm
Ric Sanders   Fiddle
Ashley Reed   Fiddle
John Rodd   Recorder
Steve Airey   Acoustic Guitar
Albion Dance Band   Track Performer
Peter Knight   Fiddle,Vocals
Michael Gregory   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Simon Care   Contributor
Terry Potter   Contributor
Philip Pickett   Contributor
David Suff   Liner Notes
Carl Montgomery   Composer
Earl Green   Composer

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