Martin Turner, founder of the legendary Wishbone Ash, one of Britain’s most enduring and best loved melodic rock acts, announces his 33-date The Beauty of Chaos 2017 UK tour, which will include rare performance of the seminal Wishbone Ash album, ARGUS, in it’s entirety.
It is 45 years since Argus, Wishbone Ash’s third and most popular album was released when it reached No. 2 in the UK album charts and was named Album of the Year by UK music press. Vocalist & bassist Martin Turner, was the main composer, lyricist and creative force behind this critically acclaimed album, which remains one of the most enduring works of the classic rock era.
Martin Turner’s The Beauty of Chaos tour will also feature classic album tracks and stage favourites from the extensive Wishbone Ash repertoire, as well as material from the recent “Written in the Stars” album that remains true to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint.
Three dates on this tour (Bath, Uttoxeter & Hornchurch) will see Martin & his band perform a select series of intimate un-plugged concerts. With its melodic nature, the classic Wishbone Ash material lends itself ideally to the stripped-down acoustic format. All other shows will be performed in the band’s usual electric format.
Turner says: “My band – Danny, Tim and Misha – and I are looking forward to the upcoming tour. 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”. 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.”
Formed in 1969 by Turner and Steve Upton, Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that produced some of rock music’s best loved works, influenced numerous successful bands and resulted in millions of album sales.
Full tour dates and festival appearances are: –
Date Town Venue
21 April Lowdham Village Hall (£15)
22 April Hartlepool Supporters Club (£15)
29 April Fletching Trading Boundaries (£15)
30 April Ferndown Barrington Theatre (£16)
5 May Ilminster Square and Compass (£15)
6 May East Prawle, Pigs Nose Inn (£15)
11 May Glasgow Ferry (£16.50)
12 May Kinross Greens Hotel (£22)
13 May Sheffield Greystones (£15)
14 May St Helens Citadel (£15)
18 May Chislehurst Beaverwood Club (£13)
19 May Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre (£15)
20 May Havant The Spring Arts Centre (£18, £16.20)
31 May Bath Chapel Arts Centre (unplugged) (£16)
2 June Uttoxeter Acoustic Festival of Britain (unplugged)
3 June Hornchurch Fairkytes Arts Centre (unplugged) (£17.60)
30 July Maidestone Ramblin’ Man Fair
26 Aug Faversham A New Day Festival
16 Sept Newbury Arlington Arts Centre (£16)
17 Sept Oswestry Lions Quays Hotel (£25)
22 Sept Hull Fruit Space (£15)
23 Sept Knaresborough, Frazer Theatre (£17)
4 Oct Bilston, Robin 2 (£15)
5 Oct Runcorn The Brindley (£17)
6 Oct Newcastle The Cluny (£16.50)
12 Oct Worthing Pier (£22)
13 Oct Hertford Corn Exchange (£16)
14 Oct London 100 Club (£17.50)
20 Oct Cardiff The Globe (£16.50)
21 Oct Worcester Huntingdon Hall (£18)
Oct 26 Birmingham, St.Paul’s (£16)
27 Oct Hockley Touchline Live (£15)
3 Nov Wokingham Music Club (£15)
Martin Turner is also delighted to announce that The Beauty of Chaos CD & DVD, recorded live in 2016, will be released later this year… more info will follow.