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Ashcon 2016 Update

As promised I can now bring you more information about our special event and climax of the Autumn UK tour “Ashcon 2016” to be staged at the Grand in Clitheroe on Saturday November 19th.

Doors will open at midday and will kick off with a session from Wishbone Ash Tribute band The Flying V’s. I’m pleased to be able to invite Jeff Grant and his band back to entertain you again as I know that you enjoyed their set at our convention a couple of years ago.

I’m also very pleased to announce that Doris Brendel has accepted an invitation to perform during the afternoon show. Some of you may have seen Doris support Wishbone Ash on part of last year’s tour and I’m sure that you will enjoy her set. Please see www.dorisbrendel.com

The afternoon convention will then reach its high point with a performance by Wishbone Ash. As usual Andy and the boys will try to make this informal session a relaxing prelude to the main event later in the evening.

Doors will re-open at 7pm and I am excited to announce that I have arranged for the evening support to be performed by Xander and the Peace Pirates. Combining soul, blues and rock, their pervasive blend of inspired song writing and memorable performances has already seen them enrapture audiences from around the world. Please see www.xanderandthepeacepirates.com

Then the highlight of the year and climax of the UK tour a full extended set by Wishbone Ash. As usual the band will pull out all the stops to make this show one not to miss. We are hoping to invite a special guest to join the band on stage details to follow.

Tickets are now on sale in the store on www.wishboneash.com or directly from the venue by telephone 01200 421599 or http://www.thegrandvenue.co.uk

Please note that there are a limited number of seats available for the evening show. These will be only on sale by contacting the venue. Anyone wanting a seat I would urge you to book as soon as possible as they are sure to sell out quickly.

Also don’t forget if you are planning on being in Clitheroe on the Friday evening that there will be a performance by Wishclone Ish at the Rose and Crown Hotel on Castle Street organized by our old friend Mike Day.

Finally if anyone is still planning on booking accommodation for the Friday and or Saturday Evening and needs any help or suggestions please contact me at guyroberts@wishboneash.com

See you on the Road

Guy

Ash News

It’s been a while since my last news letter so I thought I’d get everyone up to speed with the events happening behind the scenes.

Our 2 month European Tour is slipping into distant memory along with the cold winter nights and grim weather.

The tour itself was another resounding success. The band even ventured down into Italy and Poland again, along with six other countries.

Believe it or not, we are actually already rebooking dates in a good number of European countries for January, February and March of 2017.

 

2016 Touring Schedule
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The USA fall tour dates will be posted soon on our wishboneash.com website.

This time we’ll revisit the midwest in September and travel back from there to the East Coast.

Hopefully, we’ll be trying for the south and west a little later on.

The UK will follow hot on the heels of this tour in October of 2016 and roll on into November.

Our annual fan convention, AshCon, will conclude this tour on November 19th.

This year the venue will be The Grand (a firm band favourite) in the charming northern town of Clitheroe.

 

In the web store
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We have new stock of the very popular Roadworks box set. This 4 disc set contains live recordings from recent years and is a great representation of the current line up.

For the first time ever, the 2002 album Bona Fide is available on vinyl!

It can said that the modern resurgence of Wishbone Ash over the last 15 years or so started with this album.

The Live in Paris DVD has also been repressed and that is also available at the store in a dedicated PAL version.

For those that missed out on this event, we recorded 3 live shows at the intimate Le Triton Theatre in Les Lilas last year.

The best recordings were taken for the DVD produced by Christian Guyonnet.

These are all available from the web store

Note: If you’re in the U.S. and want a copy of the Live DVD you can order it with the PayPal button here : http://wishboneash.com/blog/post/live_in_paris_dvd_-_available_here_us_only/

 

At home
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Personally speaking, I’m recharging my musical batteries, taking in some shows by artists that I like throughout the summer.

Recently, I saw a great show by Vince Gill and the the Time Jumpers.

Vince is a seriously great guitar player and singer and the show superseded my expectations with plenty of twin guitar harmony work as well as guitar and fiddle duets.

I know Joe has booked tickets to see Steely Dan at Redrocks Amphitheater in Colorado. I was lucky enough to catch them last summer.

We’ll all be looking forward our dates in September with a revamped setlist and perhaps we’ll publish that ahead of time so people will get an idea of what to expect.

Have a great summer of music and we’ll catch you on the road when the nights draw in.

Best Bones,

Andy Powell

Ashcon 2016

It is with great pleasure that I can bring you some details of Ashcon 2016. This year’s event will take place on Saturday November 19th at The Grand Clitheroe in the Heart of the Ribble Valley. Some of you may already have seen the band perform at this superb venue and I’m sure will agree that it is really suitable for our special day. I will bring you further information including a list of hotels in and around Clitheroe within the next few days. I also can confirm that a venue has been booked for the Friday night party with Wishclone Ish. As usual Mike Day will be in touch with our talented fans to arrange the evening’s entertainment. More details to follow.

Guy Roberts

Bona Fide Vinyl

Bona Fide is released on vinyl for the first time.

It'll be available in the webstore soon.

Be in the band

If you're viewing this in Chrome you should be able to drag around inside the video and see what it's like to be on stage with the band as they play Persephone.