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Famous folk act comes to Uttoxeter town hall

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

UTTOXETER entertainment organisers are encouraging more quality acts to come to town with the introduction of a live entertainment scheme.

As part of the Live and Local scheme, which sees quality entertainment visit small venues, the Uttoxeter Town Hall Entertainments Committee have announced that Ashley Hutchings and Blair Dunlop will be performing at 7.30pm on Saturday, January 18 at Uttoxeter Town Hall.

Tickets are available from the Town Hall for £8 a head, and £6 for concessions.

Doors will open at 7pm.

Ashley Hutchings was a founder member of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span and is known as ‘The Guv’nor’ of British folk-rock.

The 68-year-old was also a founding member of Steeleye Span and The Albion Band and has overseen numerous other projects, and has collaborated on film and television projects.

For this performance he joins forces with Blair Dunlop; his ‘exceptionally talented’ musician son.

Now 21-year-old Blair Dunlop was a student at Repton School in Derbyshire and made his acting debut with an American accent in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), directed by Tim Burton, in which he plays the comical role of the young Willy Wonka, a child under strict rule by his father.

In 2011 Mr Dunlop took over the running of The Albion Band from Mr Hutchings.

So far, the band have released one EP and album under his leadership.

Having already released two solo EPs, his first full length solo album was released on Rooksmere record in 2013 entitled Blight and Blossom.

He won the Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

A spokesman for the entertainments committee said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see two extremely talented musicians perform original tunes and traditional folk songs alongside instrumental jigs and reels.

“Together they produce a warm, intimate atmosphere, like being in the cost front room of their cottage on a cold winter’s night.”

Further show details are available online at www.liveandlocal.org.uk or at www.shindig.org.uk

Live & Local is a not-for-profit arts organisation working with a network of voluntary groups across four counties including Staffordshire.

The aim of the organisation is to provide a range of support for arts activities that keep people in touch with their communities and enhance their quality of life.

Live & Local has a voluntary board of directors, drawn from funders, staff, users and artists involved with the organisation’s activities.

It’s motto is ‘Surprising Shows in Surprising Places’

The Live & Local Community Performance Scheme helps voluntary groups in Staffordshire to choose and promote high quality professional performances for their local community venue.

At the heart of the scheme is the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy high quality, affordable, memorable and uplifting live entertainment.

A professional office team provides practical support and advice by helping volunteers to choose shows, and by co-ordinating the bookings, subsidising performances and helping them to attract an audience.

The scheme is made possible by funding from local authorities and the Arts Council England but happens because of an investment of time, enthusiasm and commitment by local volunteers and their communities.

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