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We are delighted to announce that Iconic artist Ashley Hutchings is to receive an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to folk music.
"I'm obviously very proud of this honour,” said Ashley, “but it's England's musical tradition that's being recognised as much as me."
Musician, songwriter and bandleader Ashley founded Fairport Convention in 1967 and is widely credited with created the British folk-rock music genre. He went on to be the driving force behind bands including Steeleye Span, the Albion Band, the Morris On Band and Rainbow Chasers.
In a career spanning nearly 50 years Ashley has worked with a host of folk-rock greats (including the late Sandy Denny who described him as 'one of my biggest heroes; a great man'). He also collaborated with National Theatre director Bill Bryden composing the music to 'The Mysteries', 'Lark Rise to Candleford' and 'The World Turned Upside Down'.
Ashley has won numerous other awards including the English Folk Dance and Song Society's Gold Badge Award, the Good Tradition Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award at Italy's Premio Ciampi.
Story published 24 Jun 2015
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