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Steve Ashley (born in London in 1946) is an English folk singer and songwriter. He has played a significant role in the development of British folk-rock, performing as a lead singer with the first Albion Country Band, then with his own Ragged Robin and various line-ups of The Steve Ashley Band. He has also performed occasionally with members of Fairport Convention. He is also well-known for his songs.

He began singing traditional songs in the folk clubs of West London in 1961. In 1964 he moved to Maidstone to study Graphic Design and there, with Peter Bellamy, he helped to establish the successful Maidstone Folk Club. He also sang and played harmonica in the Art College blues band The Tea Set.

In September 1967 he returned to London where he formed a duo with guitarist Dave Menday called Tinderbox. In April 1972 he was invited to join what was to become the first touring Albion Country Band (sometimes known as Albion Mk 1) with ex-members of Fairport Convention (Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks) and Royston Wood and Sue Draheim.

In January 1973 Steve formed his own band Ragged Robin with Richard Byers, Brian Diprose and John Thompson.

In 1978 The Steve Ashley Band was formed to appear at the Rotterdam Folk Festival. Afterwards Steve formed a duo with fiddle player Chris Leslie and they performed together throughout the following decade.


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