Martin Turner of Wishbone Ash announces 33 date tour

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.

Martin Turner band photo by Colin Ellison
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