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Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - "No Easy Road - Live Dates 2013"
With millions of album sales and concert attendances worldwide, Wishbone Ash’s heritage as one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts is assured.
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 influence numerous successful bands. Wishbone Ash would become synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.
Over four decades later, the enduring music of the classic marks 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 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, keen melodic sense and production values being a key ingredient in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up. Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash features guitarists Ray Hatfield and Danny Willson, and drummer Dave Wagstaffe and remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint.
No Easy Road - Live Dates 2013 follows hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed Life Begins and Live Dates 2011/12 tours and focuses on material from the classic eras of Wishbone Ash, featuring stage favourites mixed with classic album tracks.
Coinciding with the tour Martin Turner publishes, for the first time, his personal memoirs in the critically acclaimed autobiographical book No Easy Road – My Life and Times with Wishbone Ash, documenting the defining years of one of the UK’s best loved rock bands as well as his personal life journey within music. The story is told in unprecedented detail, leaving no stone unturned – the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! No Easy Road is packed with anecdotes from both the road and the recording studio with Martin Turner’s candid style of storytelling making it an essential fly on the wall insight into the inner workings of an internationally successful rock band.
Martin Turner describes working with his current band as “an extremely rewarding experience on both a musical and personal level, with a positive vibe not unlike the early days of Wishbone Ash. We have a great time revisiting many of the classics from the vintage days of Wishbone Ash, recreating the essence of many songs, reminding us all of the diversity contained in the Wishbone Ash back catalogue.”
Martin Turner's return to the live stage has clearly delighted the Wishbone Ash fanbase:
“Martin was in fantastic form! This band surpassed everyone's hopes and expectations. The twin harmonies were spot on.”
“The best thing was hearing those bass-lines again. Good to hear a few songs live for the first time.”
“The show was a stormer and the band did more than justice to the songs, many of which I thought I would never again have the privilege to witness live on stage. Martin’s in fine voice and the interplay of his bass with the guitars was a joy.”
“MT and band exceeded all expectations. The band were spot on with just the right feel for Wishbone Ash music..”
“Better than anyone could ever have expected. It was quite simply the music as it is supposed to be heard”.
“Martin and band blew us all away. They really were first rate. The two guitarists were incredibly polished and of first division quality.”
“The best Wishbone show I have seen since 1980 - and yes, that includes the original reformed band and definitely anything since.”
International Management: Martin Darvill, QED Global [ e-mail ]
Concert booking agent: Don McKay, Rhino Agency [ e-mail ]
Website, fan enquiries: Gary Carter [ e-mail ]
Tour liaison: Maria Lundy [ e-mail ]
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