Folk-rock legend at one-off event

ashley-300x221The High Peak will host folk-rock legend Ashley Hutchings with his son Blair Dunlop for a unique evening of folk music and poetry on September 19 as part of the Blackbrook Valley Arts programme.

Their performance, A Song of Two Bridges at Chinley Community Centre, is a one of a kind event which has never been shown before.

Ashley and Blair will present poems and songs inspired by a wide range of writing styles, from the Elizabethans to modern-day poets like Alice Oswald and Ted Hughes, as well as their own lyrics and writers such as Richard Thompson, Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne.

Ashley, who lives in Derbyshire, is known as the father of folk rock and was a founding member of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band. He is a bass guitarist and singer and also one of the country’s great song lyricists. He will often slip a poem into a live performance or onto an album and describes himself as “an occasional poet”.

At 21-years-old Blair already won this year’s BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award as best up-and-coming artist in the UK for folk and acoustic music.

Aside from his talent as a singer-guitarist he is a song writer of many poetic songs. He is also an actor and made his debut with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), directed by Tim Burton.

Ashley said: “I’m delighted to be back in Chinley for this one-off event in the High Peak. Although I tend to be known more for my work as a folk musician poetry has always been very important to me, and Blair and I both draw on poems from all eras to inspire our writing.”

Chinley is a small village in the High Peak, near New Mills, Glossop and Buxton, and on the train line half way between Sheffield and Manchester. Blackbook Valley Arts aims to bring more superb live music to Chinley and Buxworth throughout the year. Join the mailing list by emailing

A Song of Two Bridges’: Poetry, Song Lyrics and Music by Ashley Hutchings and Blair Dunlop will be held at Chinley Community Centre on Thursday September 19 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are priced £10 and are available on 07977 678355 or from

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