|Genres:||Folk Pop / Rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
9 March 1946, London, England. Ashley started his music career performing in an art college blues band and solo spots in folk clubs. During the late 60s he took up songwriting while in the duo Tinderbox, with guitarist Dave Menday. In 1971, with a growing reputation as a harmonica player and singer-songwriter with an English traditional style, Ashley formed part of the short-lived early line-up of the Albion Country Band. Shortly afterwards, he was signed to Polydor Records with his own band Ragged Robin, but although they recorded an album with Anne Briggs nothing was ever issued and the band fell apart within a year of forming.
In 1974, Ashley released his first solo album, Stroll On, whichFolk Review magazine awarded the title of Contemporary Folk Album of the Year. His second solo release for the Gull label, Speedy Return, was followed by an American contract with Motown Records, and a tour of the USA and Canada. Ashley also toured...