Barry Riddington

I'm deeply shocked and saddened to report that my friend Barry Riddington passed away last night after a relatively short battle with mesothelioma. He had just turned 60. Barry along with his partner, Malcolm Holmes, who has known him like a brother from the age of 15, ran our long term record label, Talking Elephant Records and before that HTD Music. I can't believe that he has passed .... I simply need to process this.

I can't imagine Barry not being in our lives, being behind the band and it's CD releases. I greatly enjoyed our times together, the meals and regular phone calls, the lambasting of the old school music business that he was so good at. His humour was always a great leveller and most importantly, he was the single biggest support to me especially during the very stressful court case that I endured concerning the battle over the band's good name.

On a positive note, his final good deed, which will resonate with all fans of Wishbone Ash, was in being instrumental in bringing myself to the negotiating table for the upcoming monumental career retrospective; the 32 CD boxed set, Wishbone Ash - The Vintage Years. Thank you Barry for all the good times. R.I.P.

~ Andy.

Ashcon 2017

I am pleased to be able to announce that Ashcon 2017, the highlight of the Wishbone Ash year and finale to the 2017 Autumn Tour, will take place on Saturday November 18th at “The Grand” in Clitheroe. Those who attended last year’s event have given me highly positive feedback about the choice of venue and we are planning once more to make this an extra special event. Further details and ticket information to follow.

Guy Roberts

(photo by Ruby Vikernes)

R.I.P. John Wetton

R.I.P. John Wetton. Number the Brave was the album where he joined us displaying his prodigious musical skills. I think of that.... as I send condolences to his family. Sincerely ~ Andy.

Joe Interviewed by Nick D’Virgilio

Check out this interview with Joe by Nick D'Virgilio at Sweetwater...

Our visit to Sweetwater

Check out our visit to Sweetwater...

Happy Holidays

Christmas greetings to one and all!

It’s been a busy year for Wishbone Ash as usual, and I’d just like to take a minute to thank the boys in the band and our crew members Daniel Vetter, Sean Dalton and John Galliard and my dear Pauline, for their exceptional professionalism and dedication to the cause. It certainly makes the going easy when your workmates are friendly, cheerful and thoughtful as we make our way through all the different countries we visit. I only hope I’ve been able to exhibit the same traits in return.

Then, of course, there are all our business partners and especially our friends and fans who help us in innumerable ways on the road. Whether by recommending new venues, helping with on the road deliveries or airport pick-ups or just simply being part of what I call our street team, you are all greatly appreciated.

Our usual touring pattern will be maintained in 2017 with the addition of a few extra dates in the UK during March, as we always used to do. I’m always exploring new possibilities and recently, Japan, Australia and Brazil came on line again. I’m hopeful we can bring some, or all of of those to fruition.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas, hopefully spending time with loved ones. As for me, I’ll be doing the same, as well as snow shoveling, long walks in the countryside and some gym work outs in preparation for the upcoming German/Poland tour starting in January. It’s been a hell of a year with the passing of so many revered figures in the music world. Let’s hope for a calmer 2017.

In the meantime, the good ship Wishbone charts a steady course - See you all on the road somewhere.

~ Andy Powell.