On Saturday 27th April 2019 Frazer theatre Music welcomes back Martin Turner and the band with their Spring 2019 tour.
Fresh from sold-out 2017/18 shows which featured Wishbone Ash’s seminal albums Argus, There’s the Rub and Wishbone Ash in their entirety, Martin Turner and his band return to the stage in Spring 2019 to perform another classic album from the vintage years of Wishbone Ash – 1976’s iconic New England album.
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 and British rock acts – its name 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 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, 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, 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.
The Spring 2019 tour shows will feature classic tracks from the extensive Wishbone Ash repertoire, including Argus highlights as well as new music that remains true to the original Wishbone Ash style plus, of course, a full performance of New England. Released in October 1976, New England marked a return to form for Wishbone Ash after the disappointing critical and commercial response to its predecessor Locked In. Recorded using mobile equipment at the band’s Connecticut base of the time, New England was written and recorded in the loose environment of the band’s basement rehearsal facility, 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 more 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”, emphasizing all that was great about this much-loved UK band. Martin Turner’s Spring 2019 shows will mark the very first time this album has been performed in its entirety on stage and this tour is an event that no Wishbone Ash aficionado will want to miss.
Tickets are £17.50 plus £1.75 booking fee and are available from Pear Records, High Street, Knaresborough and our online box office by clicking here.
Doors open at 7pm, stage time 7:30pm.
Refund Policy – In line with other venues we don’t offer a refund service except upon the show been cancelled, however if you can’t make it the event we will try and resell your ticket and if we do resell it then we will happily refund the ticket price. (excluding any booking fees you have paid. ) We will be able to inform you of a resale after the event.