Andrew Powell was born on Feb. 19, 1950 in Stepney, in the heart of London's East End. Being born within the sound of the bells of Bow Church qualifies him as a true Cockney, but in truth he grew up in the town of Hemel Hempstead, 30 miles north of the city. Andy first picked up a guitar at the age of eleven. He was originally inspired by the instrumental music of Cliff Richard's back-up band, The Shadows, and in particular by the lead guitar style of Hank Marvin.
Bob Skeat was born in London into a musical environment. His father, Bill Skeat, played woodwind instruments, and from the ’60s to the ’80s was one of the top session musicians in the UK. Bob studied piano from the ages of 5 to 11.
As an early teenager, Bob listened to pop and rock – everything from T-Rex to Led Zeppelin – but when he heard "Burlesque" by Family, he knew that he wanted to play bass. His uncle Len (one of the country's top jazz bass players) gave him his first bass, and he's been hooked ever since. He started playing in school bands, and was gigging by the age of 16
Guitarist Jyrki "Muddy" Manninen replaced fellow Finn Ben Granfelt in November 2004. He brings a blues-y style to the band. With Muddy, Wishbone Ash regains a slide guitarist.
Muddy first recorded in 1979 with Red House Blues Band. They cut a single for Love Records. "That band was mostly stuff like Bukka White, The Allmans, Robert Johnson, some Rory Gallagher (one of my first heroes) plus some original stuff," says Muddy.
Joe Crabtree is Wishbone Ash’s new drummer, having replaced Ray Weston in March 2007. Performing in an impressive range of contexts over the past 15 years, Joe is a powerhouse player who excels in most major styles of drumming, from progressive rock to jazz.
The dynamic musician also drums for Pendragon and the David Cross band, teaches at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, U.K., and records studio sessions and custom drum tracks. In addition, Joe holds a degree in physics from Durham University.