Wishbone Ash set for Birdwell

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Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash bring classic 70s progressive rock, and their trademark dual-guitar harmonies, to Birdwell venue next Thursday (May 12).

Original bassist-cum-vocalist Turner’s own re-incarnation of Ash – which he helped form in 2004 – continues to perform the band’s best–loved works with his current line-up.

Turner’s line-up features guitarists Ray Hatfield and Danny Willson, and drummer Dave Wagstaffe.

The band remains faithful to the original blueprint to deliver a show that focuses on material from the classic eras of Wishbone Ash, and features both stage favourites and classic album tracks.

Turner said: “Working with the band is an extremely rewarding experience, on both a musical and personal level, with a positive vibe not unlike the early days of Wishbone Ash.

“Collectively we have had a great time revisiting many of the classics from the vintage days, recreating the essence of many songs, some of which have hardly ever been performed live, and reminding us all of the diversity contained in the Wishbone Ash back catalogue. I am confident that we have compiled a show that will please all true Wishbone connoisseurs.”

The band will be supported at Birdwell by Skinny Molly.

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.

Powell continues to lead the other version of the band – which played Birdwell Club last year.

n Tickets, £15, are available by calling 01226 742377 or emailing: bookings@birdwellvenue.com