An Evening of Classic Wishbone Ash Music with WISHBONE Featuring MARTIN TURNER on tour - February 2006
November/December 2005 saw the long awaited return of Wishbone Ash founding member Martin Turner to the live stage. On 28 November a packed Measham WMC witnessed the public dress rehearsal of Wishbone featuring Martin Turner performing An Evening of Classic Wishbone Ash Music. The following week, on 3 December, the band made its “official” live debut at Boom Boom Live in Sutton, Surrey. Enthusiastic audiences warmly welcomed Martin Turner back to the live arena, as he performed one Wishbone classic after another, with several surprises thrown in for good measure.
The shows were met with a unanimous “thumbs up” from the Wishbone Ash faithful:
“Martin was in fantastic form! I'm sure this band surpassed everyone's hopes and expectations. The twin harmonies were spot on. Rob's drumming was outstanding. Martin was just supreme. That bass and Martin's overall performance a total joy to behold. This band will get better and better. The vocal harmonies worked very well and helped to give the songs more depth. Keith really is nailing Laurie's licks incredibly well. Ray has a fantastic feel to his playing which does justice to Andy Powell's licks. Roll on the tour in the very near future as this will build this fantastic band into a really successful unit. Martin has got a winner here.”
“The best thing was hearing those bass-lines again. Martin you certainly haven’t lost your touch. 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. If this was a rehearsal then we can expect GREAT things from this band in future.”
“Wishbone featuring Martin Turner are better than anyone could ever have expected—the best performances of WA classics outside of the Mk.1/2 line-ups. 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.”
“Wishbone featuring Martin Turner delivered the best Wishbone show I have seen since 1980 - and yes, that includes the original reformed band and definitely anything since, and the best set list any Wishbone has played. Whoever would have thought we would hear and see Martin in such prominent form again - not just coming to the fore for the occasional harmony with Andy or Ted like in the reformation days, but truly at the centre of the action like he used to be in the 70’s. As a bassist his talents are undiminished, but it was his vocals which took me by such surprise. There was a quality and range to his voice that was such a joy to hear as he belted out songs which I thought were possibly out of reach for him now. In songs like ‘Silver Shoes’ he really pushed himself to the max, with no holding back.”
“I think these guys can be taken seriously on their own merits. I thought Keith was a brilliant player and loved the way he and Ray seemed to interact with no apparent effort.”
“Best gig this year, probably this century. Took me back 30 years, can’t believe how good it was to hear those songs sung by the master. I always loved the soul edge in Mart’s voice.”
“The voice is back, and firing on all six.”
Following the success of its initial two shows, Wishbone featuring Martin Turner return to UK stages during February 2006.
As an example of what you may hear at the February shows, the set list performed at the two shows last year has been described as a "Wishbone Ash/Martin Turner fans dream" and featured the following tracks:
Doctor; Blind Eye; Runaway; Lorelei; Walking The Reeperbahn; Outward Bound; Persephone; Front Page News; Baby The Angels Are Here; Warrior; Lifeline; Silver Shoes; Cosmic Jazz; Diamond Jack; Master Of Disguise; Say Goodbye; FUBB; Come In From The Rain; Living Proof; Blowin Free; The King Will Come; Jailbait
Definitely a show no self respecting Wishbone Ash or Martin Turner fan will want to miss, we are sure you'll agree! Go to the respective venue website links above to book your tickets NOW!
Recordings will be made during the UK tour for a possible live album for release later in 2006.