Doris Brendel to support on UK tour

Wishbone Ash are delighted to announce that the very talented Doris Brendel will be supporting them on nine of the upcoming Pilgrimage UK Tour shows.

The daughter of famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel, Doris has worked with some notable people over the years, including Alvin Lee, Gary Moore, Sam Brown, Joe Brown, Herbie Flowers, and toured extensively with Marillion as well as Nils Lofgren, John Farnham and Steve Marriott.

Now it’s the turn of Wishbone Ash fans to experience her unique style.

Doris and her band will be supporting on the following shows:

Wednesday 7th October 2015 - The Assembly, Leamington Spa
Thursday 15th October 2015 - Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, Wirral
Sunday 18th October 2015 - King Edward VII Memorial Hall, Newmarket
Saturday 31st October 2015 - The Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly
Sunday 1st November 2015 - Riverside Lodge, Morpeth
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 - The Grand, Clitheroe
Thursday 5th November 2015 - The Brook, Southampton
Friday 6th November 2015 - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
Sunday 8th November 2015 - The Phoenix Theatre, Exeter

Further information on Doris and her latest album “Upside Down World” can be found at

Ashcon 2015 Update

Plans are now complete for Ashcon 2015 to be held at Real Time Live in Chesterfield on Saturday October 10th. Our dear friend Ben Granfelt has accepted my invitation to join us at this year’s event. Ben will perform an acoustic set in the afternoon and no doubt will join Wishbone ash during their evening show. The afternoon convention will kick off at midday and will start with the fan based Wishclone Ish performing a set. This will be followed by a set from German band Ashbone. Big thanks to Tony Hodson and Archie Wilken for making contact and agreeing to travel over from Germany. Ben Granfelt will then entertain us with his acoustic set followed by a special set from Wishbone Ash. Doors open for the evening show at 7-30pm and as you already know the fast rising star Laurence Jones will provide the evening support. Then follows the highlight of the Wishbone Ash year a full no holds barred evening set from our favorite band. Tickets are going fast and as I have mentioned previously the show will sell out. Please avoid disappointment and order your tickets as soon as possible either from the store on or from the venue website

Guy Roberts


Congratulations to Ben and Jassi on your marriage today from the band and the Wishbone Ash community!

We'll toast you both in person in Chesterfield at AshCon on October 10th.

~ A.P.

Eyes Wide Open - The Book

Andy's book "Eyes Wide Open" is complete and will be available soon.

Pre-order yours on or now.

Also, keep your 'eyes wide open' for information on a signing session at a local bookstore in Islington on October 3rd.

Andy will also be signing books at AshCon on October 10th in Chesterfield and extra signing sessions may be added for other venues on the forthcoming tour.

Reelin’ in the summer.

As the saying goes, “ My feet don’t hardly touch the ground” . We arrived in Finland after a monumental series of flights which saw us going from South Africa within hailing distance of Antarctica all the way up to north of Finland - next stop the Arctic! Thanks to the logistics expertise of Pauline, the going was made good by virtue of some strategically placed hotel stops en route, since the final leg of our journey to Keitelejazz, the festival we played up there, was a 4 hour haul from Helsinki.

No matter, the show went great and the folks on site were especially accommodating and mindful of our needs. Muddy in particular, seemed very happy to be on Finnish soil again and was, it seemed, more energized than the rest of us by that.

So, at any rate, now we’re all home in our respective neighborhoods and for my part I now have a new rule that, at least for the next couple of weeks, I stick within a two mile radius of home although I did actually break that after only 2 days, with a visit to Boston to enjoy a Steely Dan concert. They were inspirational - the live mix superb - and I couldn’t help a secret smile to myself upon hearing the time -honored riff in the song Reelin’ In The Years, so obviously redolent of the outro twin guitar part in our song Blowin’ fFree.

Today I’ve been listening to the sound mixes of our Paris DVD recording and that’s been a pleasant surprise. We’re almost there with that project, the creative team of producer Christian Guyonnet, video editor Mikaël Samson and Tom Greenwood in charge of audio, having done sterling work to get the mixes ready during the last few weeks. Also, the Metropolis direct to vinyl cut is now ready and I’m sure this pressing will mailed out to everyone imminently.

I like to use what’s left of the summer to recharge the batteries and get fresh musical inspiration. Tomorrow night I’ll be visiting the Ridgefield Playhouse yet again, it’s only 5 minutes from home and I love this venue. Boz Scaggs is on offer and I’m keen to see how he’s playing these days. Some of you will remember that we opened for him in California during the 70s. On Monday, I’ll be visiting the reknowned Village Vanguard Club in NYC with Tom, for some big band jazz. It should be musically hot and also an opportunity to hook up with Aynsley Powell who has been gigging out in Vancouver and the San Juan Islands up there. The much travelled Powell clan will attempt something of a summer reunion in a week or two, if we can get everyone in the same place. I really want to do this because the months of September, October and into November are extremely busy. Again, we’ve been hard at work, especially Pauline, on finessing all the logistical details for these 60 plus dates in the USA and UK.

See you out on the road.

~ A.P.

South Africa

Not your usual tour, this one in South Africa. More a team building affair you might say. Not that this team is in great need of that but a little rest and relaxation during a tour can be a good thing for a band. Then there are the shows: Great - all of them. So far we’ve played at two different venues in the greater Jo’burg area plus one in Pretoria. Two of those were sold out completely which is gratifying. Last night’s number count was 575 folks. I have to say that the chain of Barnyard Theatres is really impressive. Each of them features a vast wide stage, great sound system and dedicated staff - oh and not forgetting our genial host and master of ceremonies, Danny De Wet who has been working this tour for some months now.

Today we are en route for Durban in the north on the coast. This show was organized by Norman Dugdale, an old touring buddy from the days when we were on the same agency roster as Vinegar Joe. Big thanks Norman! It’s been pleasant temperatures in Jo’burg for this week, reminding me of California somehow, but this morning it was freezing when we left for the airport. No worries though, because here in Durban it’s dry and warm.

We took a three day break after playing a couple of shows and our whole party went to a fabulous game lodge called Nedile in the Welgevonden Game Reserve and a very special time was had by all, relaxing and going on photo safaris each day. Our guide, Michael, who hails from Stratford Upon Avon, exhibited a masterful knowledge of all the animals as well as the flora and fauna of this fascinating region. Evenings were spent relaxing after a fabulous meal, before retiring to our individual lodges, where welcoming fires were lit for us.

It’s not often one can luxuriate and relax while on tour so this has been very special. Big thanks to David Salter for making it all happen. Without the distraction of TV and internet, I decided to bring a good book with me, A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre which recounts the fascinating and appalling exploits of Kim Philly both during wartime Britain and thereafter. Our original manager, Miles Copeland and his family were neighbors of the Philbys in Beirut before the spy defected to the Soviet Union so I had a special interest. Philby had been a double agent for over 35 years. If spies are your thing, then I highly recommend this book.

We’ll fly down to Cape Town tomorrow. That show also promises to be sold out. We just heard that the gear we’ve been using won’t make it in time by road so a duplicate set of backline gear will be provided locally. Muddy and I have been using two special Randy Rhoads model Marshall rigs on these bigger stages and I have to say, I’ve been quite impressed with them. On the subject of gear, I was fortunate enough to pick up a great sounding acoustic guitar here, made by Cole Clark in Melbourne Australia. I love the fact that in addition to sounding great unamplified, it has a piezzo pick-up mounted in the bridge as well a small microphone mounted inside the sound hole, enabling both signals to be blended together when using an acoustic amp.

Well that’s it from me right now. I might write a final tour wrap up once the dust settles on this tour but it’s certainly been something to remember, meeting new people and audiences and experiencing the southern part of the African continent.

~ A.P.