A FATHER and son duo are set show their musical genes as they take to the stage in Denstone.
Blair Dunlop and Ashley Hutchings will perform at Denstone Village Hall from 7.30pm on Friday, October 11 as part of the Live and Local programme of events.
Hutchings is a well-known name on the folk music scene as he was a founder member of Fairport Convention, The Albion Band and Steeleye Span and is known as The Guv’nor of British folk-rock.
He is also said to be a multi-talented writer, arranger, producer and broadcaster.
His influence and innovation are celebrated throughout the music world.
Hutchings is also the man contributed for discovering one of the greatest talents the English music scene has ever had – Nick Drake.
Dunlop is described as a captivating young vocalist, phenomenal guitarist and over the past year he has emerged as one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters.
In 2013 he won the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Artist at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
He is also frontman of renowned folk group The Albion Band, which his father founded back in 1971.
Dunlop grew up surrounded by music and he started to play the guitar at the age of just six.
Of growing up around the music of The Albion Band, he said: “I remember going to a lot of Albion Band gigs and falling in love with the music.
“Ken Nicol’s guitar playing has stayed with me in particular and inspired me to learn and play music I really connected with.”
He was encouraged to take to the stage at a young age by his parents.
One of the early highlights of his career was playing little Willy Wonka in hugely popular Tim Burton film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which also starred Hollywood superstars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
After leaving school the young musician then decided to follow a career in music with his first EP being released in the summer of 2010 and the follow up, Bags Outside the Door, a year later.
Dunlop’s talent has seen him travel and he completed a short tour of Italy and performed at the Southbank Centre at the In Search of Nic Jones tribute concert.
The 21-year-old has supported acts such as Fairport Convention, Cara Dillon and Georgie Fame during his career and was a finalist of the 2012 Radio 2 Young Folk Award.
In a busy year for the up-and-coming star, late 2013 will see him touring Australia and Europe.
His next album is due to be out on sale in May 2014.
Tickets for Blair Dunlop and Ashley Hutchings are available from Denstone Post Office or Nancy Turner by calling 01889 590385.