|Tags:||soft rock 70s american christmas power ballad|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Along with Ross Ryan and Mike McClellan, Ashdown is Australias most well-known singer-songwriter, whose stage act is similarly based on storytelling, a few jokes, a couple of interesting cover songs, but most importantly, his own intelligent, observant songs. His work is acoustic guitar-based, with songs that deal more with romance than most of his contemporaries. His background was skiffle in the late 50s, beat groups in the early 60s, and also folk in the mid-60s. His 1970 album, The Age Of Mouse, received a worldwide release, and he and the records producer Jimmy Stewart moved to the USA for several years as a songwriting team. They wrote Winter In America, the song for which Ashdown is best known, a near-perfect song of homesickness. He was one of the first singers to record Eric Bogles And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, performing it so often that it has become his second most...