Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Martin Turner – An Evening of Wishbone Ash Music & Beyond

Martin Turner, co-founder of the legendary Wishbone Ash, has announced an epic 33 date The Beauty of Chaos 2017 UK tour that will include rare performances of the classic Argus album in its entirety.

“My band – Danny, Tim and Misha – and I are looking forward to the upcoming tour,” said Turner. “As always fans can expect a mix of songs from various albums – further exploration of the extensive Wishbone Ash catalogue and selected cuts from the more recent Written in the Stars album. This time around we will also be including full performance of Argus.”

A recipient of Album of the Year awards by the UK’s flourishing weekly music press of the time, Argus reached No. 2 in the album charts and continues to be revered. The third album by the original lineup of the band, featuring Steve Upton on drums, guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell, and bass/player Martin Turner who was one of the album’s main composers.

“I’m constantly being made aware how this album still resonates with people and holds a special place in their hearts, some 45 years after its release. This I believe is due to the strong melodic content of the music and the universal themes – everyone can relate to the lyrical references to time, space, war, etc. The album marked a creative peak of the original band, with inspired contributions from all. In 2017 I feel my band has a great empathy for the music and the ability to reproduce the album faithfully onstage in a way that is fresh and exciting.”

The Beauty of Chaos 2017 tour will also feature classic album tracks and stage favourites from the Wishbone Ash repertoire, as well as material from Turner’s recent Written in the Stars solo album. Turner and his band will also play a series of intimate stripped-down acoustic concerts at Bath, Uttoxeter and Hornchurch during the tour while The Beauty of Chaos itself (recorded live in 2016) will be released on CD & DVD later in the year.

 The Beauty of Chaos 2017 Tour Dates

21 April: Lowdham Village Hall.

22 April: Hartlepool Supporters Club.

29 April: Fletching, Trading Boundaries.

30 April: Ferndown, Barrington Theatre.

5 May: Ilminster, Square and Compass.

6 May: East Prawle, Pigs Nose Inn.

11 May: Glasgow, Ferry.

12 May: Kinross, Greens Hotel.

13 May: Sheffield, Greystones.

14 May: St Helens, Citadel.

18 May: Chislehurst, Beaverwood Club.

19 May: Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre.                                                                                                                          20 May: Havant, The Spring Arts Centre.                                                                                                                          31 May: Bath, Chapel Arts Centre (Unplugged).

2 June: Uttoxeter, Acoustic Festival of Britain (Unplugged).

3 June: Hornchurch, Fairkytes Arts Centre (Unplugged).

30 July: Maidestone, Ramblin’ Man Fair.

26 Aug: Faversham, A New Day Festival.

16 Sept: Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre.

17 Sept: Oswestry, Lions Quay Hotel.

22 Sept: Hull, Fruit Space.

23 Sept: Knaresborough, Frazer Theatre.

4 Oct: Bilston, Robin 2.

5 Oct: Runcorn, The Brindley.

6 Oct: Newcastle, The Cluny.

12 Oct: Worthing Pier.

13 Oct: Hertford, Corn Exchange.

14 Oct: London, 100 Club.

20 Oct: Cardiff, The Globe.

21 Oct: Worcester, Huntingdon Hall.

Oct 26: Birmingham, St.Paul’s.

27 Oct: Hockley,  Touchline Live.

3 Nov: Wokingham, Music Club.

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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