Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash
WISHBONE GOLD - Spring Tour 2019
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the original Wishbone Ash Featuring full performance of Wishbone Ash’s classic 1976 album “New England”
Fresh from 2017/18 shows which have featured Wishbone Ash’s seminal albumsArgus, There’s the Rub and Wishbone Ash in their entirety, Martin Turner and his band return to the concert stages in Spring 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the original Wishbone Ash and perform another classic album –1976’s New England.
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.
Released in October 1976 and featuring the celebrated Wishbone Ash “Mark 2” line- up of Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Andy Powell and guitarist Laurie Wisefield (who had joined Wishbone Ash in 1974 replacing original member Ted Turner), New England marked a return to form for Wishbone Ash after the relatively disappointing response to its predecessor Locked In. Recorded using mobile equipment, 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 numberssuch 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-guitarhallmark 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.
Martin Turner’s Spring 2019 shows will mark the very first time New England has been performed in its entirety on stage and this tour is an event that no Wishbone Ash aficionado will want to miss.