Wishbone Ash announce a second NI date

Wishbone Ash take “Clan Destiny” on the road again this fall. It’s a family thing. That’s how Andy Powell explains the title of Wishbone Ash’s latest release, “Clan Destiny.”
The album’s name is a pun that came to Powell while he was doing yard work at his Connecticut home. “We’re like the greatest unknown band, so there’s something clandestine about that,” he explains. “There’s a lot of clandestine stuff going on in the lyrics. The pun comes in because of Wishbone Ash’s extended family of fans, and there are so many former band members; it’s like a clan. We often question the destiny of this clan but it always survives, year after year.”

Released in May 2006 by Eagle Rock Entertainment, “Clan Destiny” was recorded in a little more than three weeks at Blue Jay Studios in Carlisle, Mass., USA.
According to Powell, one of the band’s founding guitarists and longtime bandleader, “The work seems, to my ears, to be a natural follow on from (previous studio release) ‘Bona Fide,’ but with even more focus on the songwriting.” After nearly nonstop touring through the first half of 2006, Wishbone Ash took a break from the road. During that time, Powell was inspired to write more songs that will likely see the light of day on a late 2007 studio release.

Fall 2006 sees the boys takin’ it to the United Kingdom and select U.S. cities. An annual highlight is AshCon, the traditional fan convention and concert taking place this year on Nov. 4 in Chesterfield, U.K. In addition to Powell, the Wishbone Ash lineup features one of the most solid rhythm sections in the business, bassist Bob Skeat and drummer Ray Weston. The duo combines journeyman chops with the polish of veteran studio musicians. Weston was interviewed in the July 2006 issue of Rhythm Magazine.

The hallmark of Wishbone Ash’s style is melodic twin-lead guitar play, and through the years Powell has had some talented partners. Finland’s “Muddy” Manninen is the latest guitar slinger in a distinguished line that includes founding guitarist Ted Turner, Laurie Wisefield, Roger Filgate, Mark Birch and fellow Finn Ben Granfelt. Manninen’s love of the blues is reflected in his harmony lines that often feature slide guitar. Powell and “Clan Destiny” have been featured in print (Vintage Guitar Magazine, Guitar Buyer,) and online (Rock ’n’ Roll Universe, Modern Guitars Magazine).

Recently, Powell was honored by the listeners of Planet Rock radio in the U.K. when they included him in the station’s list of the Greatest Guitar Solos ever. Powell’s soaring riffs on “Throw Down the Sword” (from the band’s 1972 “Argus” album) was in very good company at No. 14, nestled between Ritchie Blackmore’s classic licks on Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” and Zakk Wylde’s pyrotechnics on Ozzy Osbourne’s “No More Tears.”

Formed in October 1969 in London, Wishbone Ash was gigging by 1970. The band garnered notice in the early days for a unique blend of blues, jazz and English folk. But it was the way the guitars played melodic leads together that would become Wishbone Ash’s trademark. Throughout the years, many notable musicians have contributed their talents to the band, including Asia’s John Wetton, Trevor Bolder from Uriah Heep and Laurie Wisefield, who would later play guitar for Joe Cocker and Tina Turner.

Thursday 8th November – Nerve Centre
Tickets £12.50 – Doors 8pm
Friday 9th November – Spring & Airbrake
Tickets £15.00 – Doors 9pm
Tickets for Derry show on sale now from the Nerve Centre, geturticket.com / wegottickets.com /www.ticketmaster.ie – credit card bookings & info 0870 243 4455

Tickets for Belfast date on sale now from Katy Daly’s, Virgin & all usual Ticketmaster outlets. Credit card bookings & info: 0870 243 4455 or book online at geturticket.com

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