Wishbone Ash
1969
United Kingdom
Music group
November 10th 1969 - Wishbone Ash perform their first gig in front of 500 people at Dunstable Civic Hall, supporting Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation, for which they are paid £5! The band continue to gig throughout 1969/70, including support slots for Slade, T-Rex, Taste, Caravan, Mott the Hoople and Smile (the latter featuring future members of Queen).

1970s
March 16th/17th 1970 - Wishbone Ash record demos at West of England Sound Studios, Exeter.

March/April 1970 - Wishbone Ash play their first overseas shows - a week long stint at Golf Drouot in Paris.

May 1970 - Wishbone Ash support Deep Purple at Dunstable Civic Hall. Following the gig, Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore recommended the band to Purple producer Derek Lawrence. It was this connection which led to Wishbone securing a recording contract.

August 20th 1970 - Wishbone Ash sign a $250,000 advance recording contract with MCA (Decca in US).

September 1970 - Wishbone Ash record their eponymous debut album at De Lane Lea studios, Kingsway, London with Derek Lawrence producing.

December 4th 1970 - The debut "Wishbone Ash" album is released through MCA (UK) and Decca (USA), and features the songs which comprised the band's early stage act - "Blind Eye", "Lady Whiskey", "Phoenix", etc. The album peaks at no.34 on the UK album chart.

December 5th 1970 - Wishbone Ash make their TV debut, performing "Queen of Torture" and "Errors of my Way" live in the studio for BBCTV's "Disco 2" programme.

February 25th 1971 - Wishbone Ash play their first US gig in Austin, Texas - the start of a seven week US tour.

May/June 1971 - Wishbone Ash return to De Lane Lea for the recording of their second album. In addition, during this time, Ted Turner plays on sessions for John Lennon's "Imagine" album.

June 1971 - Wishbone Ash undertake their first nationwide UK tour

July 29th 1971 - Wishbone Ash depart for their second US tour - six weeks of shows including support slots for The Who, Ten Years After and Black Sabbath. While in the States the band receive the news that they have been voted "Best New Band" by UK music publications "Sounds" and "Melody Maker".

September 1971 - The second Wishbone Ash album "Pilgrimage" is released and features stage favourites such as "Jail Bait" and "The Pilgrim", as well as equally worthy obscurities like "Valediction" and "Vas Dis". The album would reach no.14 on the UK album chart.

January 1972 - Wishbone Ash record their third album at De Lane Lea's newly opened Wembley studios. New material is debuted on a UK tour throughout Jan/Feb.

March 1972 - Short German tour.

April 28th 1972 - Wishbone Ash's third album "Argus" is released in the UK. Arguably the band's strongest release to this point (and later revered by many as being the finest of their career), the album featured references to time, history and war throughout the album's music and packaging. Tracks such as "The King Will Come", "Warrior" and "Throw Down the Sword" have feature in the band's live set to this day.

June 3rd 1972 - Wishbone Ash head for their third US tour - a trip that does not go without problems. Originally scheduled to run for six weeks, the tour is brought to a halt when, following a concert in St.Louis on June 19th, the band's equipment truck parked outside their hotel is broken into and most of their gear stolen

July 1972 - Wishbone record a new number entitled "No Easy Road", as well as a new recording of "Argus" track "Blowin' Free" for a double a-side single release.

July/Aug 1972 - Wishbone Ash return to the States to honour their outstanding commitments.

August 21st 1972 - Wishbone Ash play a live set in the studios of WMC-FM in Memphis, Tennessee. The show was broadcast live and the band's US record company, Decca, had three of the songs - "Jailbait", "The Pilgrim" and "Phoenix" - pressed up as a limited edition promotional album. The disc, entitled "Live From Memphis", which was issued to radio stations across the States but never intended for general release, soon attracted a great deal of attention from avid fans

September 1972 - UK festival appearances

November/December 1972 - 19 date UK tour

January 1973 - Wishbone Ash write and rehearse new material in a rented cottage in Anglesey, North Wales.

February/March 1973 - Recording sessions for the fourth Wishbone Ash album take place at Olympic and Apple Studios in London. After three albums produced by Derek Lawrence, the band elect to produce the album themselves.

March 17th/18th 1973 - Wishbone Ash play two shows at London's Marquee Club and preview new material.

March/April 1973 - US tour

May 11th 1973 - The fourth Wishbone Ash album - titled simply "Wishbone Four" - is released and features a simpler musical approach than its highly successful predecessor. Although critical response was mixed the album contained some fine moments - tracks such as "Rock n'Roll Widow", "Everybody Needs a Friend" and "Doctor".

June 1973 - Major UK tour, during which recordings are made for a proposed Wishbone Ash live album.

August 1973 - Wishbone headline an all day event at Alexandra Palace, London, on August 6th before departing for a short US tour, running until August 23rd.

September 1973 - Mixing of live recordings at Olympic Studios, London.

October 1973 - Short UK tour. Support act is Home (featuring a young guitarist named Laurie Wisefield).

October/November 1973 US tour

December 1973 - Wishbone Ash's long awaited double live album "Live Dates" is released, compiled from recordings of concerts in Reading, Croydon, Portsmouth and Newcastle. A short series of dates in France and Switzerland coincide with the live album's release, followed by another all day event at Alexandra Palace at which the band receive gold discs for "Argus" and silver discs for "Wishbone Four"

January 1974 US tour

February 21st 1974 - Live concert at London's BBC studios - the show would mark Ted Turner's last onstage appearance with Wishbone Ash for fourteen years.

March/April 1974 - Wishbone Ash write and rehearse new material at Miles Copeland's London home.

May 2nd 1974 - Ted Turner announces his decision to quit Wishbone Ash. As news of Ted's departure reach the music press, Andy Powell performs two gigs with Renaissance at New York City's Academy of Music. However, there was another reason for Powell's trip to New York - to sound out former Home guitarist Laurie Wisefield, about the possibility of him replacing Ted in Wishbone Ash.

August 4th 1974 - The new look Wishbone Ash, featuring Laurie Wisefield on guitar, depart for Miami to record their fifth studio album at Criteria Sound Studios with noted US producer Bill Szymczyk (Eagles, Joe Walsh, etc).

October 2nd 1974 - Wishbone Ash Mk.2 makes its live debut at Plymouth Guildhall, the start of a major UK tour, coinciding with the release of Wishbone Ash's fifth studio album "There's the Rub" - a critically acclaimed effort which features Ash classics such as "FUBB" and "Persephone".

October/November 1974 - European tour.

November/December 1974 - February 1975 - US tour, followed by tour of Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

April 1975 - Following their experience of recording in the States, Wishbone Ash formulate plans to use the country as a base to work from. With this decision made all four members eventually decided to reside in the area surrounding the rustic town of Westport, Connecticut.

April/May 1975 US tour with Aerosmith.

July/August 1975 Wishbone Ash tour Europe as part of the Miles Copeland masterminded "Startrucking" package tour, playing major festival and arena dates in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Spain, France, Switzerland and Austria, appearing alongside Mahavishnu Orchestra, Soft Machine, Caravan, Climax Blues Band and Rory Gallagher. Lou Reed had initially been secured as headliner and the tour ran into problems when he pulled out at the eleventh hour. Promoters took advantage of Reed's non-appearance to not pay out the contracted fees and the tour was a financial disaster and resulted in Copeland being forced to liquidate all his companies.

September 19th 1975 - Wishbone Ash and Miles Copeland meet at Martin Turner's home. Band and manager decide to part company and Wishbone continue with Steve Upton taking charge of the band's business affairs.

November 1975 - Wishbone Ash record their sixth studio album at Atlantic Studios, New York City. Tom Dowd (of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Eric Clapton fame) produces the sessions, which would prove traumatic.

March 12th 1976 - The aptly titled "Locked In" album is released in the UK. With a lightweight American soft rock feel, the true Wishbone Ash hallmarks are largely absent and the album is heavily criticised by fans and press alike.

March-May 1976 - US tour featuring Graham Maitland (ex-Glencoe) augmenting the band on keyboards. These would be the only shows performed to promote "Locked In" - the album was not toured in the UK, Europe or other territories.

Summer 1976 - Wishbone Ash write and record their seventh studio album largely in the basement of Martin Turner's home - Laureledge in Westport, Connecticut - using mobile recording equipment. Producers Ron and Howie Albert are recruited and the music compiled makes a concerted return to the band's classic style, albeit with the influx of influences and experience they had picked up since their move to the States.

October 1976 - Wishbone Ash undertake their second Japanese tour and preview material.

October-December 1976 - Wishbone Ash undertake their first full scale UK tour in two years. Coinciding, their seventh studio album "New England" is released to mass critical and public acclaim. Featuring such highpoints as "Lorelei", "Outward Bound" and "You Rescue Me", the album marked a true return to form for Wishbone Ash and peaked at no.22 on the UK album chart. Dates in Europe follow.

January-May 1977 Wishbone Ash write and rehearse new material in Connecticut.

May 1977 MCA issues the Wishbone Ash compilation album "Classic Ash". Wishbone Ash's long time concert agent John Sherry takes over the role of band manager.

May-July 1977 Wishbone Ash record their eighth studio album at Miami's Criteria Sound Studios with producers Ron and Howie Albert.

June 11th 1977 Wishbone Ash headline the Pinkpop Festival in Geleen, Holland in front of 30,000 - the band's largest crowd draw as a headline act.

September-October 1977 European and UK tour.

October 7th 1977 - Wishbone Ash's eighth album "Front Page News" is released. Perhaps the band's most musically varied album - ranging from West Coast Americana to all out heavy rock and with orchestrations on several tracks - the release receives mixed reactions from press and fans, but nonetheless contains several true Wishbone classics such as the title track and also the single release "Goodbye Baby Hello Friend".

November/December 1977 US tour

Spring 1978 Wishbone Ash take up residence in their native UK once again, following a three years period of living and working in America.

June-August 1978 Wishbone Ash record their ninth studio album "No Smoke Without Fire" at the Music Centre, Wembley (formerly De Lane Lea). Producer of the first three Wishbone Ash albums Derek Lawrence records with the band for the first time since "Argus".

October 6th 1978 "No Smoke Without Fire" is released, a limited quantity of copies were presented together with a free live 7" single. A major UK tour starts on the same day. Despite a lack of media interest in both the album and tour (the press were pre-occupied with the New Wave explosion which was sweeping the music industry at the time), Wishbone managed to retain their status as one of the UK's top concert attractions, drawing sell out crowds everywhere.. The album marked a return to a more British orientated sound on tracks such as "The Way of the World" and "You See Red", and would peak at no.43 on the UK chart.

November 1978 - Japanese tour

March 1979 - "Live in Tokyo", a collection of recordings from the November 1978 Japanese tour, is released as a single album set in Japan only. The album was produced by Martin Turner.

March-August 1979 - Wishbone Ash spend six months recording their tenth studio album at Surrey Sound Studios in Leatherhead, England. The band produce the sessions themselves, with the production team headed by Martin Turner and John Sherry

July 1979 - To bridge the gap between album releases, Wishbone release a double a-side single featuring two exclusive tracks - "Fast Johnny" and "Come On" - the latter a cover of the Chuck Berry classic.

November 22nd 1979 - Wishbone Ash appear at the Year of the Child benefit at Wembley Empire Pool in London. The event is televised and Wishbone use the opportunity to premier tracks from their forthcoming album. The performance would be the band's only concert appearance of 1979.

January 18th 1980 - "Just Testing" - Wishbone Ash's tenth studio album is released, including the single "Living Proof" as well as other highlights such as "Lifeline", "Insomnia" and "Master of Disguise". The album spends four weeks on the UK chart, peaking at number 41.
On the same day as "Just Testing" was released, Wishbone Ash commenced a 30 date UK/Eire tour, commemorating the band's 10th anniversary.

March/April 1980 - Tenth anniversary tour continues throughout Europe.



May 1980 - Twelve date UK tour.

June-September 1980 - Various UK and European festivals

July/August 1980 - Mixing live recordings at Wembley Music Centre.

September 20th 1980 - Wishbone Ash Mk.2 makes its final live appearance at the Colmar Festival, France.



October 1980 - Founder member Martin Turner parts company with Wishbone Ash when the other members of the band announce to him their intentions of recruiting a lead singer/front person in a bid for the hit single success which had previously eluded the band. Feeling unable to go along with the majority decision and relinquish his lead vocalist duties, Martin Turner reluctantly stands down from his position in the band to pursue a career in record production.

October 16th 1980 - Wishbone Ash begin rehearsing with new bassist John Wetton - formerly of King Crimson, Roxy Music, UK, Uriah Heep, Family, Mogul Thrash.

October 20th 1980 - "Live Dates Volume II" album released, featuring live recordings of the Mk.2 line-up of the band spanning the period 1976-80. The first 25,000 copies of the album contain a free bonus live disc, while subsequent copies revert to a single disc.

November/December 1980 - Recording for "Number the Brave" album takes place at Miami's Criteria Sound Studios with producer Nigel Gray of Police fame. However, new recruit John Wetton feels frustrated that his vocal and songwriting talents were not used to their full extent and decides not to continue beyond the recording sessions.

April 10th 1981 - "Number the Brave", Wishbone Ash's eleventh studio album is released. With Martin Turner absent the album naturally marks a departure from previous releases in sound and style, although the melodic qualities that typified the band's sound are still very much evident. "Number the Brave" peaks at No.61 on the UK album chart.

April 14th 1981 - Trevor Bolder (ex-Uriah Heep, David Bowie) joins Wishbone Ash as bassist.

May/June 1981 - The new line-up of Wishbone Ash makes its debut on a UK tour, with additional vocalist Claire Hamill augmenting the band. Hamill had previously appeared on the "Just Testing" and "Number the Brave" albums.

July/August 1981 - Wishbone Ash revert to a four piece - for their first US dates since 1977.

December 1981 - Wishbone Ash become only the third Western rock band to perform in India - the previous two being Kraftwerk and the Police.

January 1982 - Demoing new material at Surrey Sound.

May 1982 - Short UK tour. Meanwhile, MCA UK issue "The Best of Wishbone Ash", featuring selection from 1970-80.

June-August 1982 - Wishbone Ash record their twelth studio album at Jimmy Page's Sol Studios in Cookham, Berkshire with producers Ashley Howe and Stuart Epps.

September 1982 - Following a parting of the ways between Wishbone Ash and long time record label MCA, the band's new album "Twin Barrels Burning" is released through AVM, a label founded by manager John Sherry. With a heavier rock direction and few of the subtleties which had characterised the band's sound, longtime Wishbone Ash fans are disappointed with the album. Despite this, the album makes no.22 on the UK album chart - the band's highest placing since "New England".

September-December 1982 - UK and European tour.

February 1983 - Wishbone Ash undertake their second tour of India. On return to the UK the band film a live video at London's Marquee Club, celebrating the venue's 25th anniversary.

April 1983 - European tour.

April 17th 1983 - Trevor Bolder makes his final appearance with Wishbone Ash in Vaal, Holland. After a two year spell with Wishbone, Bolder decides to return to his former band Uriah Heep. Bolder is replaced by then 25 year old bassist/vocalist/songwriter Mervyn "Spam" Spence, who had played briefly with respected UK band Trapeze. It was Spence's positive attitude and considerable vocal skills which persuaded the band to recruit a relative newcomer.

May/June 1983 - Mervyn Spence debuts with Wishbone Ash on a six week US tour.

Summer/Autumn 1983 - Various one-off European concert and festival appearances.

January 1984 - Wishbone Ash enter Surrey Sound Studios with engineer Jim Ebdon to record demo tracks of six new songs, penned for their next studio album. With the band seeking a new recording deal, the tapes are circulated to various record companies. Even the band's original manager Miles Copeland - who had achieved enormous success as manager of the Police and had his own label IRS - was approached. Copeland said he would be embarrassed to be associated with Wishbone Ash again.

Spring/Summer 1984 - "Raw to the Bone" album recorded at Surrey Sound Studios with producer Nigel Gray. The musical direction continues in the heavy rock vein of "Twin Barrels Burning", albeit with a greater emphasis on melody and the addition of the superior vocal work of Mervyn Spence.

November 1984 - "Raw to the Bone" is released in Germany coinciding with a major European tour. Release in other territories would follow later.

May/June 1985 - Wishbone Ash undertake their first full scale UK tour in almost three years.

May 31st 1985 - "Raw to the Bone" album finally receives a UK release through the Neat label.

Autumn 1985 - Various European appearances and festivals.

December 1985 - Short UK tour, followed by the band's third Indian tour. These shows mark the final live appearances by Laurie Wisefield as a member of Wishbone Ash.

December 31st 1985 - Laurie Wisefield announces his decision to quit Wishbone Ash. He would go on to play with a wide variety of artists including Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, and Roger Chapman.

January 1986 - Laurie Wisefield is replaced by ex-Suzi Quatro guitarist Jamie Crompton. The new line-up undertakes a short tour of Europe, after which Mervyn Spence also quits the band. Spence would later release two solo albums under the name "O'Ryan".

February 1986 - Andy Pyle (ex-Blodwyn Pig, Rod Stewart, Kinks, Savoy Brown, Gary Moore, Alvin Lee, Chicken Shack) joins Wishbone Ash as bassist.

February/March 1986 - New Wishbone Ash line-up debuts on US tour.



Autumn/Winter 1986 - Demo sessions at Surrey Sound. The band also play occasional UK dates, for which Phil Palmer (ex-Joan Armatrading, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, etc) holds down guitar duties. Jamie Crompton would subsequently return to the fold.

January 1987 - The four original members of Wishbone Ash - Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Andy Powell and Ted Turner - are approached by former manager Miles Copeland, who offers the band the opportunity to reform to record an instrumental album for IRS' upcoming "No Speak" series. The four musicians accept Copeland's proposition. Meanwhile, the existing Wishbone Ash undertake tours of Europe and the USA.

May 11th 1987 - Martin Turner, Steve Upton and Andy Powell begin writing and recording together for the first time since 1980, at Martin Turner's London studio. Ted Turner - who was living in Los Angeles and in the process of moving to Chicago - had yet to become involved in the reunion project at this stage.

May 24th 1987 - Wishbone Ash (Crompton/Pyle line-up) make a live appearance at Sun City in South Africa. The band had been advised that they would be playing to a 50/50 multi-racial audience, but the reality was not as expected. The band return to the UK and write to the United Nations expressing their regret at playing Sun City, and stating their support of the anti-apartheid cause.

July 1987 - Work on the reunion album continues. Martin Turner and William Orbit co-produce the sessions at Beethoven and Guerilla Studios, London. Ted Turner begins recording with the band for the first time since 1973.

December 1987 - Wishbone Ash (Crompton/Pyle version) become one of the first Western rock bands to tour the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, "Nouveau Calls" - the first album release by the original Wishbone Ash in fourteen years - is released through the IRS label. The album delights fans world wide and features many influences which had not been heard in Wishbone Ash's music for several years - Martin Turner's strident bass work, Ted Turner's lap steel guitar, and Andy Powell's folky guitar melodies. These classic influences merge successfully with 1980's technology on classic tracks such as "Real Guitars Have Wings" and "In the Skin". The original band members agree to tour together in 1988.



February/March 1988 - The original Wishbone Ash perform onstage for the first time since February 1974, playing the first concert of their reunion at Folkestone Leas Cliffe Hall on February 27th 1988. Due to a late arrival from Chicago due to immigration problems, Ted Turner misses the tour rehearsals and, as a result, the first few shows see Jamie Crompton performing with the band for the first part of the show, with Ted brought on mid-set.



July-October 1988 - Following the positive experience of recording "Nouveau Calls", the reformed band record a second, song-orientated, album for IRS. Martin Turner and Adam Fuest co-produce the sessions at Beethoven, The Beat Factory and Air studios, London.

November 1988 - As an extention of the "No Speak" project, Andy Powell and Ted Turner tour the UK as part of the "Night of the Guitar" tour - a Miles Copeland concept featuring nine respected guitarist performing individually, together and in various combinations during a three hour show. The event was captured on an IRS album and video release - the audio of which was produced by Martin Turner.

January 1989 - Martin Turner remixes "Argus" for future CD release.

May 1989 - Andy Powell and Ted Turner tour Europe with the "Night of the Guitar".

July 1989 - Wishbone Ash undertake a tour of the USA as well as dates in Brazil.



August 1989 - Wishbone Ash's fifteenth studio album "Here to Hear" is released featuring future stage favourites "Why Don't We", "Cosmic Jazz" and "Keeper of the Light".

September-December 1989 - UK and European tours. A live video is filmed at Bristol Colston Hall on September 26th.

January/February 1990 - Short UK tour.

March 1990 - Wishbone Ash appear in the former East Germany at the East Meets West concert in Berlin. On return, the band film a television concert for Thames TV at London's Town and Country Club.



July 1990 - Wishbone Ash begin work on their next studio album. The band record at Andy Powell's Buckinghamshire home - Ivy Lane Farm - using equipment from Martin Turner's studio. However, during early sessions for the album, Steve Upton quits the band due to personal problems. He subsequently quit the music business and now manages Miles Copeland's chateux in the south of France - a very sad loss to the industry. Steve Upton is replaced by Robbie France (ex-Diamond Head, UFO, Ellis Beggs and Howard as well as a leading drum clinician)

August-October 1990 - The new line-up undertake a major UK tour.



November 1990 - Recording for the new album continues at Ivy Lane Farm. Robbie France is replaced by Ray Weston, a noted figure on the London studio scene who had previously worked with Martin Turner.

April 21st 1991 - "Strange Affair" - Wishbone Ash's sixteenth studio album and their third for IRS - is released. Highlights among the album's ten tracks include "Wings of Desire", "Strange Affair" and "Standing in the Rain".



April-June 1991 - Wishbone Ash tour Europe, the UK and Japan. The concert at London's Walthamstow Assembly Hall on May 16th sees Laurie Wisefield making a guest appearance with the band for two songs.

September 1991 - Windsong International issue "BBC Radio One In Concert", an archive recording of Wishbone Ash live at the BBC's Paris Studios, London in 1972.

October 1st 1991 - Martin Turner receives a phone call from Andy Powell on his 44th birthday informing him his services are no longer required, thus truly ending the "reunion" phase of the band's career. The remaining members feel the reunion has run its course and elect to continue with former sideman Andy Pyle filling the bass position. Martin returns to studio and production work.



October-December 1991 - European tour.

January 1992 - Wishbone Ash play two nights at Easy Street Club in Gleview, on the outskirts of Chicago. The shows are recorded for a future live album release.

April 6th 1992 - "The Ash Live in Chicago", produced by Ted Turner, Andy Powell and Fred Breitberg, is released through Permanent Records.



April-June 1992 - Extensive UK touring. For several dates Brad Lang deputises for Andy Pyle, who had prior engagements with Gary Moore

July 1992 - Short US tour



August 1992 - Short UK tour

October/November 1992 - UK and European tour

March 1993 - US tour

April 1993 - MCA USA release "Time Was - The Wishbone Ash Collection" - a 2CD compilation of the band's output recorded between 1970 and 1981. The set receives much criticism for its inconsistent liner notes, poor track selection and inner picture of the current band - which does not appear on the album. On a positive note, the set features a previously unreleased 1971 studio version of "Where Were You Tomorrow" as well as Martin Turner's remixes of the "Argus" tracks.

Summer 1993 - As Wishbone Ash take a break from live work, Andy Powell's begins playing guitar with New York/Connectticut blues band The Sure Thing.

November/December 1993 - Tours of USA, Canada and Germany mark the last live appearances of the line-up of Andy Powell, Ted Turner, Ray Weston and Andy Pyle.

January 1994 - Ted Turner announces his departure from Wishbone Ash for the second time in the band's career. Sources close to the band reveal that Ted and Andy Powell had differed over business and musical direction. Frustrated by the band's lack of live work or indeed a recording deal, Ray Weston also begins lining up other projects.

April 1994 - John Sherry, former manager and agent of Wishbone Ash, passes away in London following a short illness. Sherry had then recently re-established his involvement with the band and had been a guiding light both spiritually and financially on the band's planned new album.

May 29th 1994 - The first ever Wishbone Ash fan convention takes place at the Saracen's Head in Solihull, W.Midlands. Fans from across the UK gather for an afternoon of Wishbone-related activity - including the screening of rare video footage, a display of memorabilia and a live Wishbone Ash tribute band. Former member Mervyn Spence makes a special appearance performing three live tracks from his "Something Strong" album. The Convention has been an annual event in the Wishbone Ash calendar ever since.

Summer 1994 - MCA license material for a supefluous compilation album "Blowin Free - The Very Best of Wishbone Ash", released through Nectar. Meanwhile, a new Wishbone Ash line-up takes shape in Connectticut, where Andy Powell now resides once more. Connecticutt guitarist/songwriter Roger Filgate is confirmed as Ted Turner's replacement, while Tucson born musician Tony Kishman is the band's new bassist/lead vocalist, signifying the end of Andy Pyle's involvement with the band. The trio of Powell, Filgate and Kishman begin demoing new material - penned largely by Powell/Filgate - with drummer Rob Hazard.

April/May 1995 - Drummer Mike Sturgis (a Wilwaukee born sessioner who had previously recorded and toured with Asia, Scott Gorham, Phil Manzanera, Nina Hagen and A-ha) is added to the new line-up. The Anglo-American Wishbone Ash makes its stage debut on a short UK and European tour. The show features new material from the band's planned new album as well as several older songs which had not been aired for some time.



October-December 1995 - Wishbone Ash undertake a 25th Anniversary tour of UK and Europe. Tony Kishman is unable to perform the dates, reportedly due to "ill health", and Martin Turner occupies the bass/vocal slot for this extensive tour. The tour includes a date at the second annual Wishbone Ash Convention at Leicester University on December 3rd. The all day event this time features a personal appearance from the band, as well as a full length evening concert. During a break in the schedule the band begin work on the new Wishbone Ash album at Element Studios, Hampton Court, although little from these sessions is used on the final album.



December 1995 - "Live at the BBC" is released through Band of Joy. A compilation of several BBC sessions covering the years 1971, 1972 and 1977, this ranks as one of the most poorly thought out Wishbone Ash releases of all time. Eagerly awaited by fans, the album was a disappointment, with a short running time and sub-bootleg sound quality on certain tracks.

March 25th 1996 - "Live in Geneva" is released through Hengest Records. The album features the line-up of Andy Powell, Roger Filgate, Tony Kishman and Mike Sturgis and was recorded during the Spring 1995 tour. An accompanying video was filmed but has, to date, not been released.

May 1996 - Andy Powell's sideline project Blue Law (formerly The Sure Thing) release their debut CD "Gonna Gethcha" through Hengest. The band undertake a short UK tour.


Summer 1996 - Andy Powell, Roger Filgate, Tony Kishman and Mike Sturgis continue work on the new Wishbone Ash album at Studio Unicorn, Connecticutt with engineer Paul Avgeniros.

September 1996 - Martin Turner and Gary Carter spend two weeks in Martin's recording studio, reviewing previously unreleased archive live and studio material for possible inclusion on a forthcoming Wishbone Ash boxed set from Repertoire records of Germany.

October 27th 1996 - HTD Records release the new Wishbone Ash album "Illuminations". Highlights include stage favourites "Top of the World" and "Mountainside".

October-December 1996 - Wishbone Ash undertake a major UK/European tour to back up the release of "Illuminations". Tony Kishman is once again absent from the proceeding for all but four shows and Martin Turner assumes bass/vocal duties for the bulk of the performances. The 3rd annual Wishbone Ash Convention is held at Mansfield Leisure Centre on November 17th.



November 1996 - Martin Turner releases his debut solo album "Walking the Reeperbahn" - a collection of fourteen previously unreleased tracks spanning the period 1981-96. The album sees Glenn Turner contributing guitar to several tracks - 27 years after the demise of the Empty Vessels/Tanglewood! Other featured musicians include Dutch guitarist Robin Berlin and Wishbone Ash members Ray Weston, Steve Upton and Andy Powell. The album is released through Martin's own label Dirty Dog Discs, but is eventually repackaged through Voiceprint.

January 1997 - "Live Timeline" is released through Receiver Records. The album features extracts from a 1991 concert in Nagoya, in addition to BBC Session tracks from the early seventies. Several months later Rialto Records issue an album of similar content entitled "Archive Series".

May/June 1997 - European tour sees Tony Kishman returning to the Wishbone Ash fold.

August 1997 - MCA issue "The Best of Wishbone Ash" - a single CD compilation of classic Wishbone Ash tracks. Exclusive to this release are a live version "Helpless" recorded in Liverpool 1976, and an acoustic "Blowin Free" recorded by Powell, Filgate, Kishman, and Andy Powell's son AJ.

September 1997 - German company Repertoire release a 4CD boxed set of Wishbone Ash material entitled "Distillation". Without question the definitive anthology of the band's career to dtae, the set featured remastered classic material in addition to previously unreleased live recordings and studio outtakes mixed by Martin Turner.

November 1997 - Wishbone Ash undertake a UK tour, including an appearance at the fourth annual Wishbone Ash Convention on November 6th. For this appearance they are joined onstage by former vocalist Claire Hamill as well as Martin Turner. The performance marked Martin Turner's final appearance with Wishbone Ash to date and was documented on a video of dubious quality released by the Wishbone Ash fan club.

January 1998 - Roger Filgate and Tony Kishman announce their departure from Wishbone Ash and Andy Powell begins sounding out the various members of the Mk.2 Wishbone Ash line-up about the possibility of a reunion. In principal both Martin Turner and Laurie Wisefield are interested, but not under the regme that exists - that of Wishbone Ash operating very much as Andy Powell's unit and musicians being paid on a session basis. Powell eventually forms a new Wishbone Ash band including guitarist Mark Birch and bassist Bob Skeat.

January-March 1998 - The new line-up of Wishbone Ash tours UK/Europe. Mike Sturgis and Ray Weston split drumming duties throughout the tour. Weston would eventually fill the position on a more permenant basis, as Sturgis announces his retirement from live work in order to take up a post as the head of Drum Department at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and spend more time with his young family. Laurie Wisefield guests at the band's London Walthamstow show on February 7th.

July 1998 - Invisible Hands Music release "Trance Visionary" - an album of trance/dance music featuring samples and loops taken from classic Wishbone Ash recordings assembled by Andy Powell and producer Mike Bennett.

August 6th 1998 - Wishbone Ash commence their "Trance Visionary" tour at Camden Palace, London. The first part of the show features music from the "Trance Visionary" album with the band being augmented by additional musicians including vocalist Tayce, before stripping down to a four piece for a set of traditional Wishbone Ash music. The show is poorly attended and the rest of the tour is cancelled. Following the cancellation of the tour, Andy Powell and Mike Bennett decide to record, in the studio, the music as it would have been experienced in a live setting. The resulting album was "Psychic Terrorism".

October-December 1998 - UK/European tour, including the fifth annual Wishbone Ash Convention at Mansfield Leisure Centre on November 7th.

January 1999 - Wishbone Ash make appearances in the US, including a concert at the Whsikey-a-go-go in Los Angeles on Januray 25th, marking the venue's 35th anniversary.

March 1999 - First German Wishbone Ash fan convention takes place in Germany.

May 1999 - First US Wishbone Ash Fan Convention in Chicago takes place. A documentary video entitled "May Day" is released through the Wishbone Ash Fan Club and the band's US based Web Site.

Summer 1999 - Wishbone Ash play various festivals in Europe.

September 1999 - Wishbone Ash play a 15 date tour of France.

October 1999 - HTD Records release "Bare Bones" - a CD featuring acoustic reworkings of several Wishbone Ash classics in addition to several new recordings. In addition to the present Wishbone Ash line-up of Andy Powell, Mark Birch, Bob Skeat and Ray Weston, several guest musicians were added to the recipe, including Claire Hamill.

November-December 1999 - UK and European tour, including the sixth annual Wishbone Ash Convention held at Mansfield Leisure Centre on November 6th.

April 2000 - Andy Powell, Mark Birch, Bob Skeat and Ray Weston undertake Wishbone Ash's 30th Anniversary European/UK tour. On April 22nd the band's official anniversary celebration is held at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire - although no attempts were made to stage the complete reunion of past band members which many fans had hoped for, the featured an extended "Bare Bones" acoustic section, as well as guest appearances from Laurie Wisefield and Claire Hamill.

September-December 2000 - Wishbone Ash undertake tours of the UK, Europe and the USA.

January/February 2001 - Mark Birch is replaced by Finnish musician Ben Granfelt. Wishbone Ash undertake a lengthy European tour

January 2001 - Helter Skelter in association with Firefly publish the book "Blowin Free - 30 Years Of Wishbone Ash", the most in-depth study of the history of Wishbone Ash to date. Compiled by leading Wishbone Ash archivists Gary Carter and Mark Chatterton, this publication traces the band’s history from its roots in the West of England, through its 1970s commercial peak, right up to the band's 30th anniversary celebrations. Martin Turner, Andy Powell and Laurie Wisefield all contributed brand new interview material. Various othe band members and associates past and present also contribute and the book is packed with rare pictures, memorabilia, etc

September 2001 - Recorded in Paris in 1999, the "Live Dates 3" CD is released through Eagle Rock. As a companion to the CD album, the long awaited DVD of the 30th Anniversary Wishbone Ash concert, filmed at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London in April 2000 followed, also released under the "Live Dates 3" banner.

October 2001 - MCA/Universal (UK) issue yet another Wishbone Ash anthology. "Blowin' Free - An Introduction to Wishbone Ash" is part of a series of albums MCA are releasing, each "Introduction" album focussing on one particular artist's back catalogue. As its title implies, the album is obviously designed to give newcomers a taste of the band's back catalogue, focussing on various facets of the band's style - not solely the standards. The album comes with liner notes from Andy Powell's long time friend Ian Harris ("Strange Affair" and "Twin Barrels Burning" cover artist).

Januray/February 2002 - Wishbone Ash undertake an extensive tour of Germany.

March 2002 - MCA/Universal releases the 30th anniversary CD edition of the "Agus" album, remixed in its entirety by Martin Turner as well as additional sleeve notes, etc. In addition, the release contains bonus tracks from the "Live From Memphis" promo album.

April 2002 - The new Wishbone Ash album "Bona Fide" - the first to feature the line-up of Andy Powell, Ray Weston, Bob Skeat and Ben Granfelt is released through Talking Elephant Records. A UK tour coincides.

May 5th 2002 - A unique event take place at Worcester Park Tavern in Surrey. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the "Argus" album, the large number of Wishbone Ash fans in attendance witnessed a performance of the entire album by tribute band Ashbone-u-Wish, as well as the Blue Bishops, featuring Martin Turner. The highlight for many was the arrival of Martin onstage with Ashbone-u-Wish to perform three Wishbone Ash songs. Martin also held a Q&A session, hosted by event organiser Mark Chatterton.

May/June/July 2002 - LIve appearances in France and Italy

September 2002 - Talking Elephant Records release "Tracks", a 2CD collection of mainly previously unreleased Wishbone Ash live material spanning the years 1972-2001.

September/October 2002 - Tours of the US and UK.

September 2002 - Tour of France, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg

January 2003 - German Tour

January/February 2003 - Talking Elephant re-issues the three IRS-period reunion albums - "Strange Affair", "Here To Hear" and "Nouveau Calls" - complete with revised artwork and bonus tracks. All three titles are remastered by Martin Turner.

February/March 2003 - Tour of US, followed by dates in France.

April 2003 - UK Tour. The concert at the Mean Fiddler in London is filmed for a future DVD release.

June-September 2003 - Live dates in Europe and the USA.

August 2003 - Classic Rock Productions release "Wishbone Ash: Almighty Blues" on DVD during October 2003. This film captures the band on tour during 2002, including footage filmed in London, Liverpool and Lichtenvoorde, Holland. The disc is packaged as a double disc set also featuring the original band's concert performance at Bristol Colston Hall in Sept. 1989. "Almighty Blues" is also released on Super Audio CD.

September 2003 - Talking Elephant Records release "Tracks 2", a collection of live tracks spanning the band's career.

October-December 2003 - UK Tour followed by dates in Brazil, France and Holland. The UK tour marks the final appearances of Ben Granfelt with the band. Ben is replaced by another Finnish guitarist Muddy Manninen.

January-April 2004 - Extensve tours of Germany, the USA and the UK.

April 2004 - Talking Elephant Records release "Lost Pearls", a collection of previously unreleased recordings from the "No Smoke Without Fire" and "Just Testing" sessions. These never before heard songs were discovered amongst a collection of multi-track tapes stored by Andy Powell and were lovingly restored by Martin Turner, who oversaw the production and mixing of the long lost recordings.

June/July 2004 - Shows in Holland, Spain and the USA.

October 2004 - Classic Rock Productions release the DVDs "Phoenix Rising" and "Inside Wishbone Ash". ""Phoenix Rising" features previously unreleased footage from the Mk.1 years as well as outtakes from the "Almighty Blues" filming in London 2003, while "Inside Wishbone Ash" is a critical review of the band's career. A limited edition double disc set including both discs plus a colour booklet is also available.

Wishbone Ash tour the UK throughout October.

November/December 2004 - North American tour.

January/February 2005 - Tour of Germany, Belgium and Holland.
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