It’s a Blue Horizon
It’s been great reading everyone’s thoughts about the recent tour and AshCon event both on our site forum and on Facebook. It really has taken me until now to come down from all the activity. There have been the 2 hour gigs we play each night and then there’s the ‘people gigs’ at the shows and my head is often reeling with different folks and their names, faces and stories. Forgive me if I get things wrong from time to time but I can assure you that one way or another you all get into my consciousness as much as our music gets into yours, hopefully.
Didn’t wish to dwell on the legal situation too much and unlike the Abba song, The Winner Takes It All, I never feel legalities and music make good bed companions but 7 years of exhausting nonsense trying to verify reality, what actually went down in the history of this band, stop all the confusion and name dilution, finally had to be arbitrated by the British courts. My appreciation to all of you who let me know that you’d been following this and gave words of encouragement. Naturally, we tried on at least 5 occasions to talk, make offers and keep things out of court, but these attempts were largely ignored or treated cynically, so an expensive court case ensued. ‘Nuff said, other than to say that I feel sorry for Martin and the extremely poor advice he’s been receiving.
Back to touring. The UK tour was excellent and it looks like our agent Andy Nye is poised to build back up to a longer autumn tour next year and possibly a few Spring dates, which will get us back on track to reclaiming the twice a year outing you and we all used to enjoy before the ‘confusion’ shenanigans broke out, diluting the band’s good name and goodwill with UK based promoters. Same goes for the USA. We’re pushing for two tours in 2014. Germany and Europe at large, you get your marathon visit starting January 15th and we hope to get the new album released on the tail end of that tour.
Huge thanks to all those who came to AshCon at the Winding Wheel in in Chesterfield. What a mad town that is. Halloween was still in the air and the streets were full of party goers which gave our event a special flavour. Pauline and I made it down to the County Bar along with Bob and Muddy and Mia where we enjoyed being in the audience for a change, watching Mike Day’s excellent set and then Strange Affair’s great gig. The next day, Guy Roberts paid special tribute to our dearly departed friend Dave Moore who worked so tirelessly on former AshCon events, and it was great to see his son, Daniel, working away on stage and around the venue just as his father had for years before him. Unsung heroes like these are what it’s all about. Guy and Sue Roberts themselves together with their whole family, did us proud. Bare Bonez provided a great afternoon set of rock. Helpers, Mike and Pauline Holt, John Lockney on security, the band themselves, Daniel Vetter, Mike Partridge, my nearest and dearest - Pauline (who had to leave early to make her plane home to Connecticut), all the loaders, PA company, our caterers and last by no means least, the Pat McManus Band for providing us all with their excellent brand of Celtic infused, rock blues. Amazing show, guys. Just great entertainment and thanks so much for sitting in later with Wishbone Ash Pat, on your song, Can’t Go It Alone, as well as on Errors of My Way.
So, right now, we are all about getting back to the business of music. The sessions for the new record officially started today. I’m totally stoked about it all. Read Hall in Lancashire, will once again play host to the Wishbone Ash recording sessions. Tom Greenwood will be in the hot seat behind the Neve Genesys Console. Beautiful Focus rite equalisation courtesy of AMS Neve, will be all over this album and we’ve been busy updating the studio and purchasing some great new toys to make this recording even better than Elegant Stealth, if that’s possible. The technology available to us right now is incredible. For example, we control our studio headphone mix with our IPhones BUT we are actually working all together in the studio, old school style, laying down the tracks in real time, with no click tracks. The wheel comes full circle. First track already in the can, Way Down South.
I did an interview with a German lady yesterday and she asked me if there was a theme or concept to this album. Off the top of my head, I said ‘Optimism’. And so it shall be, with more of the same attitude today, when the brand new song, that some of you heard previewed at AshCon, Blue Horizon, will be recorded.
“I’ve got my eyes on the blue horizon. I’m a seeker you see, enlightened and free” (Lyrics; Ian Harris)