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A great read about a highly influential musician,
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This review is from: Fire and Wine - An Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley (Kindle Edition)
Let me start by sharing that I'm not an avid reader, preferring to pick up a stringed instrument than a book. However when my wife upgraded her Kindle I was intrigued to try it out and see what was available about my influences. I had the pleasure of meeting Steve in May 2013 as we (The Huers: www.thehuers.co.uk) supported Steve at a rare solo gig in Wigan. It shames me to say that I wasn't that familiar with his musical output, but was aware of his links to Fairport Convention, of whom I have been a fan since the age of ten.
I downloaded the e-Book to find out more. Two things had me hooked - the first was the number of high profile musicians that Steve has influenced over the years, let alone collaborated with. The second was Dave Thompson's informal way of writing, managing to nicely weave a wealth of interviews and research into an entertaining, chronological account of Steve's career. The end of each chapter was left - like a novel - in a way that I wanted to know what happened in the next part!
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read for any fan of music whose life has been touched in any way by those with whom he worked. This may sound odd but although I wasn't familiar with much of Steve's work (apart from 'The Spirit of Christmas' from the Electric Muse album and 'Fire and Wine' from various folk club covers done by guest singers...mostly not doing it justice) I now feel that my own songwriting has been indirectly influenced by him.
Dave's book goes a long way to credit Steve for his influential career, and deserves a wider audience. It brings to life the excellent musical and songwriting skills of a very modest musician - and a thoroughly nice chap, which I can confirm having met him a few months ago!