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Wishbone Ash gigs!

February 15, 2010 by  

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Wishbone Ash gigs!

Wishbone Ash releases their first official single for two decades on May 17th when they release their track Reason to Believe and also tour the UK in April & May.

The single has been endorsed by Harley Davidson and the tour is in association with the Plymouth branch of Harley Davidson which celebrates it’s first birthday on the first date of the tour on April 22nd. The band will also be performing an exclusive in store acoustic set on April 25th.

22/04/2010. The Guildhall. 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1NS.
23/04/2010. The Phoenix. Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3LS.
24/04/2010. Cheese & Grain. Market Yard, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
25/04/2010. Mr Kyps. 8a Parr Street, Lower Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 0JY.
26/04/2010. Pontardawe Arts Centre. Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea
28/04/2010. The Caves. 8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh EH1 1NS.
29/04/2010. The Ferry. 25 Anderston Quay, Glasgow G3 8BX.
30/04/2010. Academy 3. Manchester University Union, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR.
01/05/2010. The Brickyard. Richmond Hall, 14 Fisher Street, Carlisle CA3 8RN.
02/05/2010. The Sugarmill. Brunswick Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1DR.
04/05/2010. The Irish Centre. York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 9NT.
05/05/2010. Birdwell Venue. Sheffield Road, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5UY
06/05/2010. The Platform. Old Station Buildings, Marine Road, Morecambe LA4 4DB.
07/05/2010. The Brindley Arts Centre. High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1BG
08/05/2010. Pacific Road. Near Woodsire, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 1LJ
09/05/2010. Robin 2. 28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV14 7LJ
10/05/2010. The Stables. Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK17 8LU
13/05/2010. The Junction. Clifton Road, Cambridge CB1 7GX
14/05/2010. The Maltings. Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
15/05/2010. Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Single Launch. Shepherd’s Bush Green, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8TT

Wishbone Ash are set to release their first single in over twenty years. Following a fan-based Facebook campaign the band went into the studio and recorded Reason to Believe which will be released on 17th May 2010.

Reason to Believe lays down a marker to a whole new set of fans. Though aware of the band’s iconic name many may not realise that Wishbone Ash are still tearing it up musically and continuing to take it to the streets with over 150 live dates worldwide this year alone. The single brings together the traditional aspects of Wishbone Ash including the twin guitar attack but the production adds a modern twist. The result? An über radio friendly single that hooks the listener on first play.

The band’s previous official single Cosmic Jazz / T Bone Shuffle was released in 1989. In the intervening years Wishbone Ash has been touring relentlessly as well as releasing new albums and DVDs to an ever growing army of fans new and old. Last year the band celebrated 40 years of making music, embarking on a full European tour to promote their anniversary DVD Live in London. Lead singer and Flying V guitar supremo Andy Powell appeared on Cerys Matthews’ BBC 6 Show as well as numerous Rock stations including Planet Rock, Rock Radio, Total Rock Radio and BBC radio shows. The anniversary was also marked with a feature on Andy in The Word magazine and this year sees Andy Powell feature in Classic Rock magazine.

As part of last year’s anniversary celebrations the band played an exclusive show and party at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Special guests (and former band members) Ben Granfelt, Mark Birch & Mervyn Spence did an incredible job and their contributions to the long history of Wishbone Ash can be seen and heard on the current DVD.

The Shepherd’s Bush show was more than a party, it was a celebration of the rich 40 year history of Wishbone Ash and a thank you to the fans who have supported Andy and the guys over the years. A lot has changed since the band’s inception back in 1969, but the one constant? Andy Powell & his dedication to the music and the fans. It has never wavered. He may be the soul & inspiration of the band, but due credit must be given to Bob Skeat, Muddy Manninen, and Joe Crabtree, for they are most certainly the heart.



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