Tag Archives: Wishbone Ash

News: WISHBONE ASH – Limited Edition ‘Vintage Years’ 30-CD Box Set out 20 April 2018

WISHBONE ASH - The Vintage Years (1970-1991)

Wishbone Ash – one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved rock acts – are celebrated on 20 April with the release of a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, The Vintage Years via Madfish. This collection – authorised by … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 1)

FM - GIANTS OF ROCK - Butlins, Minehead, 26 January 2018 (Day 1)

News during the week that Wetherspoons had taken steak off their menu may not have been of great interest until we learn that Butlins also get their meat from the same source that is currently “under investigation”.  The loss of … Continue reading

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Album review: VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – War Is Over

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – War Is Over

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 03.11.17] ‘War Is Over’ isn’t so much a concept album as a dramatic prog rock album with associated musical influences, ranging from classic, hard and symphonic rock, to more poppy and synth influences. There’s plenty … Continue reading

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Gig review: WISHBONE ASH/Steve Hill – Islington Academy, London, 19 October 2017

WISHBONE ASH - Islington Academy, London, 19 October 2017

A new chapter has begun in Wishbone Ash’s long and distinguished history, with master guitarist Andy Powell accompanied by a new partner in Yorkshireman Mark Abrahams,  following Muddy Manninen’s departure after twelve years. They remain one of the hardest working … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

You could argue that Wishbone Ash founder member Martin Turner has overstayed the classic album concept with regular live renditions of their 1972 classic ‘Argus’ over the past decade.  Yet his band’s performance of the album at Ramblin Man Fair … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 30 July 2017

RAMBLIN

After the deluge on Saturday the forecast for the Sunday was looking a lot brighter and judging by the size of the crowd in the arena the sun had enticed a few extra bodies along for another top day of … Continue reading

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Gig review: WEYFEST- Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Surrey, 19-21 August 2016

Weyfest celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Rural Life Centre, a rustic setting that suits its ambience as one of the more laid back of festivals. Situated on the Surrey/Hampshire borders in what was once known as the stockbroker belt, … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN TURNER – Reissues

Martin Turner - Life Begins

Cherry Red [Release date 08.04.16] Martin Turner albums are like buses.  There’s nothing, and then along come several.  That’s no problem as the one-time Wishbone Ash bassist always maintains a high quality quotient and they are worth the wait even … Continue reading

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Album review: COLIN HARPER – Sunset Cavaliers

COLIN HARPER - Sunset Cavaliers

Market Square Records MSMCD172 [Release date 16.02.16] www.colin-harper.com Like fellow music journalist/writer David Sinclair, Colin Harper has seen fit to cross the sometimes perilous divide between writer and performer (poacher turned gamekeeper?), evidently inspired by some of the subjects of … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 30 October 2015

MARTIN TURNER, Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 30 October 2015

Ten years ago, it was in this very Football Club clubhouse in suburban South London that Wishbone Ash founder bassist and vocalist Martin Turner came in from the cold and launched a new line-up playing Wishbone’s catalogue. His return here … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN WETTON – Anthology The Studio Recordings Vol.1

JOHN WETTON - Anthology The Studio Recordings

In this interview extract from April 2009 John Wetton tells David Randall about his early influences, and the immediate aftermath of his departure from Asia in 1991 which led to the release of his second, and favourite, solo album ‘Battle … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MENTULLS – Reflections

THE MENTULLS – Reflections

ProgBlues Music [Release date 10.07.15] The curious thing about prog rock is that what once was a ground breaking musical genre now clearly defines a particular retro period of rock history – arguably the late 60’s to the early 70’s. … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURENCE JONES – What’s It Gonna Be

LAURENCE JONES – What

Ruf  [Release date 13.04.15] Laurence answers his own question on ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ by filling his own blank canvas with heartfelt, meaningful songs fleshed out with an impressive variety of harmony vocals, burning solos and tight ensemble playing that … Continue reading

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Album review: KRIS POHLMANN – Taylor Road

CD Baby [Released 16.01.15] Kris Pohlmann is an English guitarist who has established himself in Germany and Holland. He’s made his name with over ten years of roadwork and a couple of albums, which culminated in a spectacular year in … Continue reading

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Book review: DEKE LEONARD – Maximum Darkness: On The Road To Nowhere

          Northdown Publishing Ltd (2015) Deke Leonard is back to his best in the final part of his autobiographical trilogy. Where his last effort the voluminous ‘The Twang Dynasty’ showcased an expansive writing ability, shot through … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN TURNER AND FRIENDS – The Garden Party

Martin Turner and Friends - The Garden Party

Dirty Dog Discs [Release date 27.10.14] This 2-CD album is like an almighty two-finger salute to Andy Powell.  Back in 2012 Martin Turner assembled a stellar cast of one-time Wishbone Ash alumni and in front of a specially invited audience, … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL – 8-10 August 2014

Cambridge Rock Festival 2014

Photo: Darran Scott Arriving early afternoon on Saturday, and focusing on the main stage, I was blown away by the confidence and vitality of my first band, Walkway. Somehow the young Suffolk band had slipped under my radar as their … Continue reading

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Gig review: SNAKECHARMER – Islington Assembly Hall, London, 11 July 2014

Raw Glory - Islington Assembly Hall, London, 11 July 2014

Much like the lovingly recrafted Islington Assembly Hall where this gig took place, Snakecharmer are an example of how to reimagine a vintage classic and create something new. The classic rock ‘supergroup’, boasting respected alumni from the likes of Whitesnake, … Continue reading

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Album review: WISHBONE ASH – Blue Horizon

Wishbone Ash - Blue Horizon

Solid Rockhouse Records [Release date 04.03.14] If you can set aside the bitter dispute over the trading name, there is no doubt that Andy Powell has worked tirelessly to produce albums that are completely befitting the Wishbone Ash heritage.  He’s … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN GRANFELT – Melodic Relief

Ben Granfelt - Melodic Relief

Supersounds Music [Release date 02.11.12] Ben Granfelt used to partner Andy Powell in Wishbone Ash and it’s no surprise that fellow Finn (and former bandmate in Gringos Locos) Muddy Manninen and Powell contribute to one track, ‘New 7’.  It may … Continue reading

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