Official statements from Martin Turner and Ray Hatfield:
It is with regret that I have to announce that Ray Hatfield will be leaving my band following the completion of our present Spring tour.
This is a personal decision of Ray’s, which I know comes after much consideration and soul searching.
Ray has been an integral part of the band since my return to the stage in 2005 and I will remain respectful of his musical and personal contributions during our ten years of working together, culminating with his contributions to the forthcoming “Written in the Stars” album. I will miss his musicality, his creativity and his humour.
I wish Ray every success and happiness for the future. We part as friends and, as with previous departing members, doors remain open for future appearances or collaboration.
Looking forwards, Danny, Tim and I remain committed to releasing and promoting the “Written in the Stars” album and should soon be in a position to bring some positive news regarding a new line-up as well as some exciting plans for later in 2015. We are already meeting with a few potential guitar players, but I will just add that if anyone out there feels that they are the man for the job please contact us asap through this site.
Past changes have proven to be rejuvenating for my band, with an influx of new ideas and fresh playing styles and I am sure this one will be equally rewarding for both ourselves and our audience.
Thanking you all for your continued support, we'll be in action again soon,
I have had many truly memorable moments, met some fantastic people and had the chance to play guitar in some wonderful places over the last ten years but feel it's time for a change and am looking for some new musical challenges.
I am very grateful to everyone, past and present who has made my time with the band possible and wish them all the best for the future.