Belper gig for a folk legend

What connects Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs and The Albion Band?

The answer is one very remarkable songwriter and performer - Steve Ashley.

He will be performing in Belper on Saturday, October 12, in the latest of BelperMusicAndArt’ concerts to be staged at The Queen’s Head, based on Chesterfield Road in the town.

Steve was one of the founder members of The Albion Band who toured but never released an album.

However, it is the band’s version of Lord Bateman which features on his widely acclaimed debut album Stroll On, as does his most covered song Fire and Wine.

On its re-release in 1999,the album was widely recognised as a classic and right up there with Liege and Lief.

Since those seminal days, Steve Ashley has continued to record,perform and influence a whole new generation of musicians.

His appearance at The Queen’s Head inBelper co-incides with the publication of a biography by prolific music writer David Thompson, which not only chronicles Steve’s career but also aims to put the record straight about the halcyon days of folk rock.

Never one to stand still, expect more than just a back catalogue.

This is a rare chance to catch one of the true originals.

Admission to the gig is £7.

For more details on this and forthcoming events in the series, you can go to www.belpermusicandarts.co.uk

n Mark Chadwick kicks off the week’s musical entertainment at The Victoria Inn in Derby, with a gig there on Friday, October 11.

The latest Sausage And Folk Night is on Sunday, October 13, featuring Niall Fitz and guests.

Parasight, Phoenix Salvation, Age Of Grace and Those Two play sets at The Victoria Inn on Monday, October 14, and the visitors on Tuesday, October 15 are Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Struts and Stride.

Finally, there’s an EP launch from The Silhouettes on Thursday, October 17, also featuring The Gorgeous Chains and Filthy Kicks.

For more on these and future gigs at the venue, go to www.thevictoriainnderby.co.uk