Martin Turner (ex Wishbone Ash)

Martin Turner (ex Wishbone Ash)

Rock  |  Seated+Standing

Vintage Albums: Back to Back - Spring Tour 2022

Featuring full performances of Wishbone Ash’s classic albums

“Argus” (1972) and “Wishbone Four” (1973)

Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music's best loved works and influencing numerous successful bands, resulting in millions of album sales and concert attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring British rock acts - its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.
Five decades later, the music of the classic line-ups of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work
that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new. Classic album releases such as Wishbone
Ash, Argus, Pilgrimage, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone
Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead
vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the
critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his
passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability and keen melodic sense being major
ingredients in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner continues to perform the
band’s best loved works with his current line-up, which features guitarists Danny Willson
and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown.
In recent years Martin Turner has delighted audiences worldwide with his performances of
material from the classic periods of Wishbone Ash’s history. Martin’s 2019 touring
continues his exploration of the Wishbone Ash catalogue and follows the release of a
deluxe 30-disc Wishbone Ash career retrospective CD boxed-set entitled The Vintage Years
1970-1991 as well as Martin Turner’s 2016-recorded 2CD/DVD package The Beauty of Chaos
– Live at the Citadel.

Released in September 1971 and featuring the celebrated original Wishbone Ash line-up of
Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Ted Turner and Andy Powell, Pilgrimage built on the creative
and commercial successes of the band’s 1970 debut album Wishbone Ash and paved the
way for the classic 1972 album Argus, earning the band “Best New Band” awards in the UK’s
music press. Featuring a diverse range of influences such as blues, jazz, folk and rock,
Pilgrimage contained mainstays of the Wishbone Ash’s live set such as “Jail Bait” and “The
Pilgrim” as well as fan favourites “Vas Dis” and “Valediction”. Resplendent in its distinctive
Hipgnosis-designed album sleeve, Pilgrimage reached number 14 on the UK album chart.
The Autumn 2019 tour will mark the very first time Pilgrimage has been performed in full.
Released in October 1976 and featuring the Wishbone Ash “Mark 2” line-up of Martin
Turner, Steve Upton, Andy Powell and guitarist Laurie Wisefield (who had joined Wishbone
Ash in 1974), New England marked a return to form for Wishbone Ash after the relatively
disappointing response to its predecessor Locked In. New England was written and recorded
in the loose environment of a basement rehearsal facility set up at Martin Turner’s
Connecticut home, resulting in an album that was brimming with live energy. With a mix of
powerful rock numbers such as “Runaway” and “Mother of Pearl”, alongside melodic cuts
like “Lorelei” and “You Rescue Me”, the album was an instant crowd-pleaser. The band’s
twin-guitar hallmark had never sounded so vibrant as on the album’s instrumental
showcase “Outward Bound” and New England highlighted all that was great about this
much-loved band. New England was first performed in full by Martin Turner and his band
during their Spring 2019 tour and has been retained as part of the programme for the
Autumn 2019 shows due to overwhelming public demand.
The Wishbone Gold tour is an event that no Wishbone Ash fan or classic rock aficionado will
want to miss.

Sat 7th Oct8:30pm
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From 6pm on the night £22.00
In Advance £20.00
FOTW+Music Single £19.00

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to give accurate details of our forthcoming programmes, it may be necessary to make last minute changes for reasons beyond our control. Where possible, all such changes will be advertised in the local press and on this website. Popular events may sell out in advance of the night. To avoid disappointment, please check availability above or phone our Box Office on 01822 611166 for the very latest information.