Martin Turner, his band, management team and touring crew would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.
We thank you all for the overwhelming level of support shown in 2016 and hope that the festive season brings you and your families peace and happiness.
Martin, Danny, Tim and Misha have recorded special festive video messages. Go to the video blog to view.
THE BEAUTY of CHAOS TOUR 2017 featuring ARGUS
Dec 11 2016
We are pleased to announce that as a celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Wishbone Ash's seminal 1972 album "Argus", Martin Turner's "The Beauty of Chaos" UK tour of April/May 2017 will feature a performance of "Argus" in its entirety as well as other Wishbone Ash classics plus selected tracks from "Written in the Stars".
We are also pleased to announce that following on from "The Beauty of Chaos" Spring tour, which is performed in the usual electric format, there will be a short series of intimate "Unplugged" performances - acoustic shows in Bath, Uttoxeter and Hornchurch. Don't miss this rare chance to hear classic Wishbone Ash music and more performed in an intimate acoustic style together with anecdotes from Martin Turner about the inspiration behind the songs, etc.
See tour dates page for full list of dates. Acoustic shows are stated as such; all other shows will be performed electric.
Dec 8 2016
I first met Greg when he was playing with the Gods back in 1967/68. We both appeared on the Melody Maker Poll Awards show at the Oval, London in 1972 and then we played shows together in the USA in the 70s when ELP were huge. We also appeared on the High Voltage festival together in 2010.
ELP were a larger than life band. Although my musical interests were more guitar based, I did get to know Greg later at gatherings with my best friend Dennis Taylor. Dennis was married to Astrid and her sister Regina was married to Greg, so we would hang out and eat drink and chat at family get togethers.
Greg was a talented bass player, singer and writer and I loved the album he did with King Crimson in 1969. It was a pleasure to spend time with him and his family to whom I send my love and best wishes for the future after what has been a long and difficult time for them all.
TWO BASS LEGENDS
Dec 3 2016
Martin Turner and Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) pictured at Planet Rockstock soundcheck today.
Iron Maiden and Steve Harris in particular were hugely influenced by Wishbone Ash. Today Steve's band British Lion appears on the same bill as Martin at the sold-out Planet Rockstock event.
Steve Harris watched Martin's band's soundcheck with the keen interest and respect of a true fan. Thank you Steve, you're a gent.
Quote from Steve Harris (2011): “I think if anyone wants to understand Maiden’s early thing, in particular the harmony guitars, all they have to do is listen to Wishbone Ash’s "Argus" album,”
ARGUS for PLANET ROCKSTOCK and LEICESTER
Nov 21 2018
We are pleased to announce that Martin Turner and his band will be performing the entire "Argus" album at their appearance at the sold out Planet Rockstock festival on 3 December 2016.
The band will also include a full performance of "Argus" at the Y Theatre, Leicester on 10 December 2016. This show is the band's final show of 2016 as well as the last UK show of the "Written in the Stars" tour and promises to be a memorable event.
THE BEAUTY of CHAOS - LIVE DVD and TOUR
Oct 18 2016
"The Beauty of Chaos - Live at the Citadel" is planned for release on DVD/CD during Spring 2017. Filmed and recorded at the Citadel, St.Helens earlier in 2016, this will include a performance of the complete "Written in the Stars" album as well as many Wishbone Ash classics.
Martin and band will be touring to promote the DVD in 2017, with dates for "The Beauty of Chaos" tour already being announced from April 2017 onwards. See ourlive dates page for listings.
WRITTEN IN THE STARS - Tour 2016
Oct 18 2016
Martin Turner and his band commence the Autumn UK leg of their "Written in the Stars" tour at the Robin 2, Bilston on 2 November 2016. The 19 date tour will see Martin, Danny, Tim and Misha playing classic tracks from the Wishbone Ash back catalogue as well as selected tracks from "Written in the Stars".
The UK leg is followed by four shows in Holland during January 2017. These shows mark the end of the "Written in the Stars" tour and will include a special performance of the entire "Argus" album as part of the set, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the release of Wishbone Ash's seminal 1972 album.
WISHBONE ASH: The Vintage Years - 32 CD boxed set
Aug 23 2016
We are pleased to announce that Snapper Music is in the process of compiling “Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years” – a definitive 32-disc CD boxed set spanning the period 1970-1991. This promises to be the deepest anthology of Wishbone Ash’s classic period to date and is being compiled with full co-operation and involvement of all key members of the definitive classic line-ups – Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Ted Turner, Andy Powell and Laurie Wisefield.
The content will dig deep into the archives and already many live and studio multi-track masters have been uncovered, largely from Martin Turner’s personal archive. Snapper has proven expertise producing such releases with award-winning titles to their credit and this deluxe set promises to be beautifully packaged, presented complete with a lavish coffee table book containing rare photos, memorabilia and other historic material.
This project is in the early stages of compilation as we write and so no definite release date has been confirmed. We will keep you posted as the project gains momentum….”
MARTIN TURNER confirmed for PLANET ROCKSTOCK
Apr 20 2016
We are pleased to announce that Martin Turner and band will be appearing at this year's Planet Rockstock festival, which takes place at Trecco Bay, South Wales 1-4 December 2016. Martin will be appearing on the evening of Saturday 3 December.
Full details including Early Bird ticket offers can be found at the festival website - click on the logo on the left for direct link.
New Live Dates and Life Begins repackaged and reissued
Mar 10 2016
We are pleased to announce that repackaged editions of the following previously out of print albums are to be issued on 1 April 2016:
New Live Dates: The Complete Set:
Recorded in 2005/06 and previously available as Vol.1 and Vol.2 this 2CD set combines both volumes and restores original concert running order. Features line up of Martin Turner, Ray Hatfield, Keith Buck and Rob Hewins, plus guest appearance from Ted Turner.
This three disc package features 2CD and DVD of Martin Turner's full concert recorded and filmed in Leicester 2010, featuring Argus performed in its entirety as well as other Wishbone Ash classics. Line up featuring Martin Turner, Ray Hatfield, Danny Willson and Dave Wagstaffe
DVD shoot in St. Helens
Feb 27 2016
Thanks to all who came out tonight for our DVD shoot in St. Helens. Great atmosphere - the crowd was totally behind us from the off and kept it up for an extended 160 minute set. We couldn't have done it without you...an amazing evening!
Intro: The Big Bang
The Beauty of Chaos
Written in the Stars
The Lonely Star
For My Lady
Pretty Little Girls
The King Will Come
Throw Down the Sword
You See Red
We also wish to extend our sincere thanks to all who helped behind the scenes. In particular Scott Choucino and camera crew, James Ferraby for audio recording as well as the staff at the Citadel, St. Helens for their invaluable assistance both leading up to the event and on the night, and co-promoters the Classic Rock Society. Job well done, team!
photo: Sandra Ford
"Written in the Stars" Spring Tour underway
Feb 18 2016
Martin Turner's "Written in the Stars" Spring Tour 2016 is now underway and has already delighted audiences in London, Banbury and Maidenhead with a two part show featuring "Written in the Stars" performed in full, followed by a second set of Wishbone Ash classics.
Go to ourlive datespage for full list of upcoming shows. Further dates are being added for Autumn 2016.
The best way to keep in constant contact with newly announced dates is to "like" our Facebook page.
Also be sure to check out our exclusive live video footage from the tour here
Martin Turner invites you to forthcoming DVD shoot
Feb 10 2016
Go to our video blog page to view Martin's invitation to the forthcoming filming at St.Helens Citadel.
New live DVD/CD to be recorded on "Written in the Stars" tour
Jan 29 2016
We are delighted to announce that Martin Turner and his band – Danny Willson, Tim Brown and Misha Nikolic - will be filming and recording a live DVD/CD during the upcoming “Written in the Stars” Spring Tour for release later in 2016.
Filming and recording will take place at St Helens Citadel on Friday 26 February 2016.
We hope as many of the band’s loyal supporters as possible will be able to join us on this special occasion, ensuring that the band are met with the most enthusiastic reception possible as they perform for the gathered audience and the camera crew.
For this occasion, the band will be playing a specially extended set that will open with the award-winning “Written in the Stars” album being performed in its entirety, followed by a selection of Wishbone Ash classics spanning the Martin Turner years.
“We’ve been playing selected tracks from “Written in the Stars” for some time now, even prior to the album’s release, “ says Martin Turner. “We have been truly overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the new material since the album’s release and were already planning to play a more varied selection on the upcoming dates. However, while trying out all songs from the album during rehearsals, it soon became apparent not only how well all the songs lend themselves to live performance but also how the full album works as a “piece” – in much the same way as “Argus” did. Wouldn’t it be a shame then if we did not capture “Written in the Stars – Live” for posterity?”
We urge fans to purchase tickets for this show IN ADVANCE – the band’s last appearance at this great venue was packed and the addition of “Written in the Stars” live together with an extended set and the presence of a camera crew will no doubt create additional demand as well a fantastic atmosphere on the night.
Join us in St. Helens and be a part of what promises to be a great experience for all fans of Martin Turner and classic Wishbone Ash music.
Martin Turner has filmed a New Year's message - go to Video Blog page to view.
"Written in the Stars" - an award winning album
Dec 31 2015
"What's On" magazine "Album of the Year 2015" award was presented to Martin Turner this week for "Written in the Stars".
Here is a picture of Martin being presented the award by Jamie Sinclair of "What's On" magazine.
Dec 24 2015
Martin Turner, together with band members Danny Willson, Tim Brown and Misha Nikolic, wish to thank everyone for the overwhelming level of support shown during 2015 and in particular for the fantastic reaction that has been given to the "Written in the Stars" album.
Martin, his band and everyone involved behind the scenes, wish everyone a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2016....
"Written in the Stars" International publicity round-up #2
Dec 23 2015
The media coverage of "Written in the Stars" continues....
Maly Leksykon Wielkich Zespolow - album review click here