Richard'Ric' Sanders is an English violinist who has played in jazz-rock, folk rock, British folk rock and folk groups, including Soft Machine and Fairport Convention. Sanders' first experience with a professional band was in the summer of 1972, touring Europe with classical/rock percussionist Stomu Yamash'ta's Red Buddha Theatre, he went on to play with jazz pianists Johnny Patrick and Michael Garrick. In the late 1970s he toured as a member of the jazz-rock group Soft Machine and followed with a stint in The Albion Band. In 1981 he co-founded a recording studio, Morgreen Studios, with which he remained active for a few years. In 1984 he joined Fairport Convention and recorded his first album with them, Gladys' Leap, the following year. Since 2002, in addition to his work with Fairport, he has been working with his trio, known as the Ric Sanders Trio, which features Vo Fletcher on guitar and Michael Gregory on drums and percussion. Over the years Sanders has worked with Rick Wakeman, Dave Cousins of Strawbs, Jethro Tull, Robert Plant, Roy Harper, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Gordon Giltrap, Andrew Cronshaw, June Tabor, Martin Simpson, Charlie Landsborough, All About Eve, The Mission, Fred Thelonious Baker, Catherine Howe and John Etheridge with whom he co-led the group 2nd Vision.
Second Vision with John Etheridge String Time Whenever One to One with Gordon Giltrap Neither Time or Distance Parable: Music for the Anjali Dance Company In Lincoln Cathedral Still Waters Standin' on the Corner With the Albion Band Rise Up Like the Sun With Fairport Convention Gladys' Leap Expletive Delighted! In Real Time Red and Gold The Five Seasons Jewel in the Crown Old, Borrowed, Blue Who Knows Where the Time Goes? The Wood and the Wire XXXV Over the Next Hill Sense of Occasion Festival Bell By Popular Request Myths and Heroes 50:50@50 With Soft Machine Alive & Well: Recorded in Paris With All About Eve All About Eve Scarlet and Other Stories With Andrew Cronshaw The Andrew Cronshaw CD The Language of Snakes Till the Beasts' Returning Wade in the Flood With English Air English Air The Space Inbetween With Gordon Giltrap A Midnight Clear One to One Peacock Party With Ashley Hutchings Songs from the Shows The Guv'nor's Big Birthday Bash With others Mick Stevens: The Englishman Martin Simpson: Special Agent Pete York: String Time in New York Loudon Wainwright III: I'm Alright Phenomena: Phenomena Mark Geronimo: London Moon & Barnyard Remedy The Bodhi-Beat Poets: White Light Jethro Tull: Crest of a Knave Simon Nicol: Before Your Time...
Gerry Rafferty: North and South June Tabor: Aqaba The Mission: Masque Martin Barre: A Trick of Memory The Albion Band: Live at the Cambridge Folk Festival Judy Dunlop & Ashley Hutchings: Sway with Me Roy Harper: The Dream Society Jerry Donahue: Telecasting Recast Bob Fox: Dreams Never Leave You Strawbs: The Complete Strawbs. Live at Chiswick House Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott: Hands Across the Pond Rick Wakeman and Dave Cousins: Hummingbird Chris Leslie: Dancing Days PJ Wright: Hedge of Sound Rainbow Chasers: Fortune Never Sleeps Durbervilles: Alternative Route to All Destinations Aquarium: Loshad' Belaya Tiny Tin Lady: Ridiculous Bohemia Red Shoes: All The Good Friends Nik Kershaw: Ei8ght
New Musical Express is a British music journalism website and former magazine, published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was associated with gonzo journalism became associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons, it started as a music newspaper, moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998. An online version, NME.com, was launched in 1996. It became the world's biggest standalone music site, with over sixteen million users per month. With newsstand sales falling across the UK magazine sector, the magazine's paid circulation in the first half of 2014 was 15,830. In 2013, the list of NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the way it was conceived was criticized by the media; the printed magazine NME was relaunched in September 2015 to be distributed nationally as a free publication.
The first average circulation published in February 2016 of 307,217 copies per week was the highest in the brand's history, beating the previous best of 306,881, recorded in 1964 at the height of the Beatles' fame. By December 2017, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, average distribution of NME had fallen to 289,432 copies a week, although its publisher Time Inc. UK claimed to have more than 13m global unique users per month, including 3m in the UK. In March 2018, the publisher announced that the print edition of NME would cease publication after 66 years, leaving it as an online-only title. NME's headquarters are in Southwark, England; the brand's current editor is Charlotte Gunn, replacing Mike Williams, who stepped down in February 2018. The paper was established in 1952; the Accordion Times and Musical Express was bought by London music promoter Maurice Kinn, for the sum of £1,000, just 15 minutes before it was due to be closed. It was relaunched as the New Musical Express, was published in a non-glossy tabloid format on standard newsprint.
On 14 November 1952, taking its cue from the US magazine Billboard, it created the first UK Singles Chart, a list of the Top Twelve best-selling singles. The first of these was, in contrast to more recent charts, a top twelve sourced by the magazine itself from sales in regional stores around the UK; the first number one was "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino. During the 1960s the paper championed the new British groups emerging at the time; the NME circulation peaked under Andy Gray with a figure of 306,881 for the period from January to June 1964. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were featured on the front cover; these and other artists appeared at the NME Poll Winners' Concert, an awards event that featured artists voted as most popular by the paper's readers. The concert featured a ceremony where the poll winners would collect their awards; the NME Poll Winners' Concerts took place between 1959 and 1972. From 1964 onwards they were filmed and transmitted on British television a few weeks after they had taken place.
In the mid-1960s, the NME was dedicated to pop while its older rival, Melody Maker, was known for its more serious coverage of music. Other competing titles included Record Mirror, which led the way in championing American rhythm and blues, Disc, which focused on chart news; the latter part of the decade saw the paper chart the rise of psychedelia and the continued dominance of British groups of the time. During this period some sections of pop music began to be designated as rock; the paper became engaged in a sometimes tense rivalry with Melody Maker. By the early 1970s, NME had lost ground to Melody Maker, as its coverage of music had failed to keep place with the development of rock music during the early years of psychedelia and progressive rock. In early 1972 the paper found itself on the verge of closure by its owner IPC. According to Nick Kent: After sales had plummeted to 60,000 and a review of guitar instrumentalist Duane Eddy had been printed which began with the immortal words "On this, his 35th album, we find Duane in as good as voice as ever," the NME had been told to rethink its policies or die on the vine.
Alan Smith was made editor in 1972, was told by IPC to turn things around or face closure. To achieve this and his assistant editor Nick Logan raided the underground press for writers such as Charles Shaar Murray and Nick Kent, recruited other writers such as Tony Tyler, Ian MacDonald and Californian Danny Holloway. According to The Economist, the New Musical Express "started to champion underground, up-and-coming music.... NME became the gateway to a more rebellious world. First came glamrock, bands such as T. Rex, came punk....by 1977 it had become the place to keep in touch with a cultural revolution, enthralling the nation's listless youth. Bands such as Sex Pistols, X-Ray Spex and Generation X were regular cover stars, eulogised by writers such as Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons, whose nihilistic tone narrated the punk years perfectly." By the time Smith handed the editor's chair to Logan in mid-1973, the paper was selling nearly 300,000 copies per week and was outstripping Melody Maker, Record Mirror and Sounds.
According to MacDonald: I think all the other papers knew by 1974 that NME had become the best music paper in Britain. We had most of the best writers and photographers, the best layouts
Simon John Breckenridge Nicol is an English guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He was a founding member of British folk rock group Fairport Convention and is the only founding member still in the band, he has been involved with the Albion Band and a wide range of musical projects, both as a collaborator, producer and as a solo artist. He has received several awards for his career. Born in Muswell Hill, North London, Nicol was the son of a General practitioner, who died in 1964, he began to play guitar at age 11 and left school at 15. In 1966 he was asked to join local band the Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra by bass guitarist Ashley Hutchings, soon left his job at a local cinema to play full-time, they rehearsed above his father's old surgery in Fairport House, which gave its name to the band he and Hutchings formed with Richard Thompson and Shaun Frater as Fairport Convention in 1967. As Thompson emerged as the lead guitarist, Nicol moved towards rhythm duties and occasional backing vocals.
After some line-up changes the band enjoyed a degree of commercial success in their early years, with three albums and appearing on Britain's most popular music programme Top of the Pops in 1969 with the single "Si Tu Dois Partir", which reached number 21 in the UK Charts. Nicol contributed his first composition to the band for the second album What We Did on Our Holidays, the short instrumental'End of a Holiday'. Besides contributing rhythm guitar and backing vocals to this album Nicol played the autoharp on some songs. Nicol was injured in the accident that killed drummer Martin Lamble on 12 May 1969, but when he and the band were recovered they recorded what is considered their masterpiece and the most important single album in British folk rock and Lief, credited as the key recording in the creation of the British folk rock genre and which helped institute a major surge of interest in British folk music. After the release of the album Hutchings and vocalist Sandy Denny left the band, joined full-time by Dave Swarbrick on fiddle and by bassist Dave Pegg.
While Swarbrick, with his knowledge of traditional music, emerged as the leading figure in the band, Nicol had to shoulder a larger share of the vocal duties on the next album Full House. When Thompson left soon after, Nicol had to take over lead guitar duties. Although never happy with this role, it was thought at the time that he acquitted himself well, he demonstrated that he was a multi-instrumentalist playing bass guitar and dulcimer. He began song writing on the next two albums Angel Delight and "Babbacombe" Lee.'Breakfast in Mayfair' on the latter was his first solo song composition with the band and one of the tracks that made it onto the History of Fairport Convention compilation album. He took over some of the production duties on Babbacombe Lee, but his efforts were not well received by the band and this, together with unhappiness with having to fill Thompson's shoes, led him to decide to move on and in 1971 he left the band, the last of the original members to do so. Just about the time that Nicol left Fairport Convention, Hutchings had quit Steeleye Span and began to work on the first incarnation of the Albion Country Band to provide backing for his wife Shirley Collins.
Nicol joined the long list of musicians, including former Fairport members Richard Thompson and Dave Mattacks, to contribute to No Roses considered one of the most important British folk rock albums. In 1972 Simon Nicol was part of the by now reduced six-piece-line up of the Albion Country Band featuring vocalists Royston Wood and Steve Ashley, Sue Draheim on fiddle, Ashley Hutchings on bass guitar and Dave Mattacks on drums; this band played a session for BBC Radio 1 and contributed one lengthy song to Steve Ashley's debut album. Along with Dave Mattacks, Ashley Hutchings, singer Royston Wood and multi-instrumentalist Steve Ashley and American fiddler Sue Draheim Nicol teamed up with Richard Thompson and Linda Peters to form the trio Hokey Pokey in 1973. In 1974 this trio expanded into the band Sour Grapes, assembled to tour in support of the Thompsons' I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight album; that year Nicol played on and co-produced the Thompsons' Hokey Pokey album. In 1973 he played on what is considered one of the seminal folk/jazz albums of all time, John Martyn's Solid Air.
When Hutchings tried to reform the Albion Band for an album in 1973, Nicol joined again, but the resulting work, Battle of the Field was not released until 1976. Nicol took part in some of sessions for Hutchings' next project the Etchingham Steam Band, but never formally joined the group. Instead, he added electric guitar and occasional drums to Hutchings' and accordionist John Kirkpatrick's project The Compleat Dancing Master which collects excerpts of English literature and both acoustic and electrified traditional dance music. In 1974-5 he played guitar on Cat Stevens' Numbers and formed a band with Chris Spedding, Pat Donaldson, Gerry Conway. However, this ` supergroup' proved abortive. Nicol produced the album Rough Diamonds for the regarded Jack the Lad, began to play with Swarbrick and Pegg in a low key trio, Three Desperate Mortgages, which toured student venues across Britain. In 1976 Nicol was the main guitarist on Ashley Hutchings' second Morris dance revival project, Son of Morris On.
This album featured Morris tunes Nicol had played with the Albion Country Band in 1972. Nicol came back to work with Fairport as a sound engineer on what was a solo project for Swarbrick, album Gottle O' Geer, he played s
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
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The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Chris Leslie (musician)
Christopher Julien Leslie is a British folk rock musician. He is Buddhist, a vegetarian, a teetotaler. Leslie grew up in Oxfordshire, his brother John steered him toward The Watersons' Frost and Fire, Dave Swarbrick, The Corries. In 1969 he began to teach himself fiddle and modelled himself on the fiddle-playing of Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention, Peter Knight of Steeleye Span, Barry Dransfield. Leslie made his first recording at the age of 16, with a Banbury based folk rock band and went on to forge a successful career around the folk clubs with his brother John - cutting their first album, "The Ship of Time" in 1976. During this period he was the fiddle player for The Hookey Band and a member of the morris dancers at Adderbury, it was around this time. From 1981-1983 Chris Leslie studied violin making, under the watchful eye of maker Patrick Jowett, at the Newark School of Violin Making in Nottinghamshire, England, he plays the second fiddle he made at Newark on stage. Since he has worked with Whippersnapper, the Albion Band, All About Eve, Simon Mayor and Ian Anderson.
In 1981 he contributed to a cassette tape produced by CND. It had limited distribution. On the tape were songs by Fairport Convention. In 1983 he contributed to "More Demo Tapes", again a cassette for CND, he accompanied Steve Ashley on the song "Down By the Embankment" on the album "All Through The Year". This was a compilation of original tracks, he appeared on "People on the Highway". There were other appearances on Steve Ashley albums. In 2003, Chris played violin on several tracks from Mostly Autumn's album Passengers. In late 2007 he recorded violin and mandolin parts on Dan Crisp's debut album'Far From Here'. In 1997 he joined Fairport Convention as song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded five solo albums - The Flow, The Gift, Dancing Days and Turquoise Tales. At first sight Dancing Days appears to be a Fairport Convention album, as it features Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ashley Hutchings and Ric Sanders. However, each of these artists appears only in a sequence of duos with Leslie.
He has recorded collaborations with Ashley Hutchings including Grandson of Morris On. Chris takes part in an annual christmas tour with St Agnes Fountain and takes part in "A Feast of Fiddles" - a collaboration with Peter Knight, Tom Leary, Ian Cutler, Phil Beer and Brian McNeill. 1994 - The Gift 1997 - The Flow 2004 - Dancing Days 2013 - Origins 2015 - Turquoise Tales 1985 - Whippersnapper: Promises 1987 - Whippersnapper: Tsubo 1988 - Whippersnapper: These Foolish Strings 1990 - Whippersnapper: Fortune 1991 - Whippersnapper: Stories 1996 - The Albion Band: Demi Paradise 1997 - Fairport Convention: Who Knows Where the Time Goes? 1999 - Fairport Convention: The Wood and the Wire 2001 - St Agnes Fountain: Acoustic Carols for Christmas 2001 - Fairport Convention: XXXV 2002 - Morris On Band: Grandson of Morris On 2002 - St Agnes Fountain: Comfort and Joy 2004 - Feast of Fiddles: Nicely Wrong 2004 - Fairport Convention: Over the Next Hill 2006 - St Agnes Fountain: The White Xmas Album 2007 - Fairport Convention: Sense of Occasion 2008 - St Agnes Fountain: Soal Cake 2010 - Feast of Fiddles: Walk Before You Fly 2010 - St Agnes Fountain: Spirit of Christmas 2011 - Fairport Convention: Festival Bell 2012 - Fairport Convention: By Popular Request 2012 - St Agnes Fountain: Twelve Years of Christmas 2013 - Feast of Fiddles: Rise Above It 2014 - St Agnes Fountain: Christmas is Not Far Away 2015 - Fairport Convention: Myths and Heroes 2017 - Fairport Convention: "50:50@50" 2017 - Feast of Fiddles: Sleight of Elbow 2017 - St Agnes Fountain: 25/12 1999 - The Test of Time 2001 - Everyday Lives 2006 - Live in Concert Chris Leslie official website The Hookey Band Adderbury Morris tunes at the Wayback Machine, including two written and performed by Chris Leslie Fairport Convention official website Chris Leslie on CND tapes
Sally Barker is a British singer and songwriter, known for her solo work and as a founding member of The Poozies. In 2014, she was a finalist in the BBC One talent contest The Voice, finishing in joint second place. Barker was born in Barrow upon Leicestershire. Between early 1980 and summer 1982, while studying in Loughborough, she joined or formed several rock bands with fellow students. Bands included'Manitou','The Chapter','Sally Barker and The Undergraduates' and'Runway 5'. Most gigs were played in the Students Union building at Loughborough University but there were some in halls of residence and one at Loughborough Town Hall; some of these gigs were recorded and The Chapter did one recording session at the Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham. In Barker's early career, as a singer-songwriter, she supported acts including Fairport Convention, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Wishbone Ash and Roy Harper, her second release, This Rhythm Is Mine, which received a US release on Ryko's Hannibal label, marked her maturity as a songwriter.
In 1990, Barker became a founding member of an all-women folk band. The line-up featured harpists Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon from the harp duo Sileas, Karen Tweed who Barker met at a folk festival in Hong Kong. Barker played with The Poozies until 1995. Sally appeared on the Show of Hands album Live at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1992, she recorded the song "I Misunderstood" for the CD The World Is a Wonderful Place: The Songs of Richard Thompson. Barker provided vocals for the 1997 Pete Morton CD Courage and Grace and the 1998 Janet Russell CD Gathering the Fragments. In the autumn of 2006, Barker reunited with The Poozies for a series of shows, she subsequently rejoined the group permanently, the first album with this line-up being Yellow Like Sunshine, released in Autumn 2009. Starting in November 2008, Barker presented "The Joni Mitchell Project" with piano and dulcimer player Glenn Hughes in which they performed an evening of Joni's songs. An album, Conversation: The Joni Tapes was released in August 2010 with an album launch at the Edinburgh Fringe at the Acoustic Music Centre.
In January 2014, Barker became a contestant on the BBC One talent contest The Voice, joining Tom Jones' team after a blind audition in which she sang "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". In the battle round on 1 March she sang "Dear Darlin'" with Talia Smith and was put through by Jones. In the first of the knock-out rounds, on 15 March, she sang "Walk On By" and in the quarter final, on 22 March, Barker was given a fast pass to the semi-final by Jones, after singing "To Love Somebody". In the semi-final, she was voted through to the final. Commenting on his tearful reaction to Barker's performance, Jones said: "Sally it’s lovely to hear you sing. You move me and that’s what happened at auditions, it was so beautiful I couldn’t help myself."In the final, on 5 April 2014, Barker sang Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides, Now" and duetted with Tom Jones on "Walking in Memphis". Having escaped elimination she reached the final three and sang "Dear Darlin'" again as her final song, but was a runner up to Jermain Jackman.
In September 2014 Barker announced a British tour between September and December 2014. In 2015 Sally joined the three surviving members of the folk-rock band Fotheringay for six tour dates in the UK and, in 2016, provided backing vocals on a new album by Brooks Williams entitled My Turn Now, she embarked on a solo tour, which concluded in November 2016. In 2017 Sally supported Fairport Convention on their Win-tour 2017 tour. Barker has two sons and Dillon, her husband, Chris Wakeford, died in 2003. Official site Allmusic Poozies official site The Joni Mitchell Project MP3 excerpt of "Money's Talking" from "This Rhythm is Mine"
Ashley Stephen Hutchings, MBE is an English bassist, songwriter, band leader and record producer. He was a founding member of three of the most noteworthy English folk-rock bands in the history of the genre: Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band. Hutchings has overseen numerous other projects, including records and live theatre, has collaborated on film and television projects. Hutchings was born in Southgate, but moved to Muswell Hill while still a child; as a teenager he became involved in the skiffle and blues movements and formed several groups, including'Dr K's Blues Band' in 1964. He met guitarist Simon Nicol in 1966 when they both played in the'Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra', they rehearsed on the floor above Nicol's father's medical practice in a house called "Fairport" and lent its name to the group they formed together as Fairport Convention in 1967 with Richard Thompson, which soon included Martin Lamble, Judy Dyble and Iain Matthews. Hutchings played on the band's first four albums.
The first three, Fairport Convention, What We Did on Our Holidays and Unhalfbricking consisted of American singer/songwriter material and original songs in a similar style. Hutchings' restrained but powerful bass style is one of the characteristics of the band in this period; the focus of the band changed with the introduction of Dave Swarbrick into the line up, who brought a virtuosity on the fiddle and a wealth of traditional tunes. This prompted Hutchings to carry out research in the English Folk Dance & Song Society Library at Cecil Sharp House which resulted in the pioneering classic Liege and Lief, seen by many as the foundation of British folk rock. Hutchings was, however unhappy with the direction of the band, as most members wanted to return to their older format; as a result, in 1969 he left to focus on more traditional projects. Hutchings' new band Steeleye Span was formed by putting together two established folk duos Tim Hart and Maddy Prior with Terry and Gay Woods; the Woodses departed the band shortly after the release of their debut album, Hark!
The Village were replaced by singer/guitarist Martin Carthy and fiddler Peter Knight. The resulting line-up toured small concert venues, recorded two regarded albums Please to See the King and Ten Man Mop, or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again, both providing electric versions of traditional songs; the bringing in of manager Jo Lustig who pushed for a more commercial sound was what prompted the more traditionally minded Carthy and Hutchings to leave the band, which continued with changes of line-up and achieved considerable mainstream success. By this point the active Hutchings had other projects underway, he had gathered together the first incarnation of what has been the major outlet for his work, the Albion Country Band, to provide backing for his wife Shirley Collins on her solo collection, No Roses. Some of these personnel co-operated with him for the album Morris On, an affectionate electric tribute to Morris Dancing and others joined him in his next project the Etchingham Steam Band from 1974–6.
When this dissolved without releasing a record he returned to the Albion Band in 1976, with many bewildering line-up changes, continued to record and tour until 2002. Outside of the Albion Band, Hutchings has been a frequent guest on the albums of a wide variety of folk artists, he has continued to pursue a diversity of projects, some alone and some with groupings of more or less stability and continuity. The Morris on project has spawned several sequels across his career: Son of Morris On, Grandson of Morris On and Great Grandson of Morris On. There have been several other dance projects including, with John Kirkpatrick and other artists, The Compleat Dancing Master, Rattlebone & Ploughjack and Kickin' Up the Sawdust. In 1984, Hutchings wrote and toured with a one-man show about folk song collector Cecil Sharp, which resulted in the album An Hour with Cecil Sharp and Ashley Hutchings. From this point he combined writing and narration with his music, as in By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept: A Love Story, produced as a live show and album in 1990.
He produced an album of spoken-word material as A Word in Your Ear another themed album combining music and narration with Judy Dunlop, as Sway with Me. In the late 1980s he toured with the Ashley Hutchings All Stars, leading to a live album, As You Like It. With Phil Beer and Chris While he provided the sound track for the TV series The Ridge Riders which resulted in an album "Ridgeriders: Songs of the Southern English Landscape", a short tour and another live album Ridgeriders in Concert. In the 1990s he returned to his own musical roots of skiffle and rock and roll and recording with the Ashley Hutchings Big Beat Combo, which resulted in the album Twangin' and a Traddin', he returned to his interest in dance, in addition to continuing the Morris on project, he formed the Ashley Hutchings Dance Band to produce A Batter Pudding for John Keats. Other projects include with Malcolm Rowe, the eclectic Folk Your Way to Fitness, Street Cries, Human Nature. After the suspension of the Albion Band as a full time group in 2002 Hutchings put together another small group of up and coming folk musicians under the title Rainbow Chasers resulting in three albums, Some Colours Fly, A Brilliant Light and Fortune Never Sleeps.
In 2008 he formed The Lark Rise Band to perform and record music from his most successful show, resulting in the album, Lark Rise Revisited