The initial idea to create an Ash themed site originated in the summer of 2000 with a chance encounter with some primitive web design software. Struck by the complex looking code, funny little characters and brackets a keen young man decided this was a path he must follow. Information on Ash was scarce at the time so it was decided the site would focus around the Irish rock band. With a 1,000 paged book on the “basics” of web-design loaned from the local library, enough knowledge was slowly gained to have a go at mocking up a proper site.
After some crude early attempts things slowly began to take shape. The site was originally planned for launch in April 2001 to coincide with the release of Ash’s Free All Angels album, however, this mad perfectionist deemed that more info, lyrics, tour dates and history on the band was needed. The site finally launched on 23rd August 2001.
Walking Barefoot has had several incarnations and domain names over the years and in March 2003 it finally got its own home with the domain name walking-barefoot.com, where it has remained ever since.
Walking Barefoot was created and is maintained by Steven Woodhead, a music obsessed, code geek born in England in 1984. He graduated with a degree in Marketing and Business Studies, and currently works as Lead Front End Web Developer for Affinity, a leading UK software company. He has been a fan of Ash since 1997 when an old school friend lent him a copy of 1977. After hearing “Goldfinger” and “Girl from Mars” he was hooked and his life was changed forever. He has an unhealthy collection of Ash CDs, records, cassettes and other merchandise.
Many thanks and much love…
Walking Barefoot would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you that frequently visits and contributes to this site and makes it what it is. Many thanks also go out to family and friends for their continual love and support.