Wishbone Ash founder Martin Turner to play Argus on UK tour

Martin Turner
Martin Turner (Image credit: Scott Choucino)

Wishbone Ash founding member Martin Turner has announced The Beauty Of Chaos UK tour.

The run of 33 dates will get underway in Lowdham on April 21 and wrap up with a show in Wokingham on November 3.

And Turner has announced he’ll play Wishbone Ash’s 1972 album Argus in its entirety on the tour. Watch a trailer video below.

Turner says: “My band – Danny, Tim and Misha – and I are looking forward to the upcoming tour. As always fans can expect a mix of songs from various albums – further exploration of the extensive Wishbone Ash catalogue and selected cuts from the more recent Written In The Stars album.

“This time around we will also be including a full performance of Argus. I’m constantly being made aware how this album still resonates with people and holds a special place in their hearts, some 45 years after its release.

“This, I believe, is due to the strong melodic content of the music and the universal themes – everyone can relate to the lyrical references to time, space, war, etc.”

He adds: “The album marked a creative peak of the original band, with inspired contributions from all. In 2017 I feel my band has a great empathy for the music and the ability to reproduce the album faithfully onstage in a way that is fresh and exciting.”

The shows in Bath, Uttoxeter and Hornchurch will see Turner and his band perform unplugged sets, with the other 30 shows will see full electric performances.

The Beauty Of Chaos CD and DVD will also be released later this year, with further details to be revealed in due course.

Martin Turner The Beauty Of Chaos 2017 UK tour

Apr 21: Lowdham Village Hall
Apr 22: Hartlepool Supporters Club
Apr 29: Fletching Trading Boundaries
Apr 30: Ferndown Barrington Theatre
May 05: Ilminster Square and Compass
May 06: East Prawle Pigs Nose Inn
May 11: Glasgow Ferry
May 12: Kinross Greens Hotel
May 13: Sheffield Greystones
May 14: St Helens Citadel
May 18: Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
May 19: Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre
May 20: Havant The Spring Arts Centre
May 31: Bath Chapel Arts Centre (unplugged)
Jun 02: Uttoxeter Acoustic Festival of Britain (unplugged)
Jun 03: Hornchurch Fairkytes Arts Centre (unplugged)
Jul 30: Maidestone Ramblin’ Man Fair
Aug 26: Faversham A New Day Festival
Sep 16: Newbury Arlington Arts Centre
Sep 17: Oswestry Lions Quays Hotel
Sep 22: Hull Fruit Space
Sep 23: Knaresborough Frazer Theatre
Oct 04: Bilston Robin 2
Oct 05: Runcorn The Brindley
Oct 06: Newcastle The Cluny
Oct 12: Worthing Pier
Oct 13: Hertford Corn Exchange
Oct 14: London 100 Club
Oct 20: Cardiff The Globe
Oct 21: Worcester Huntingdon Hall
Oct 26: Birmingham St.Paul’s
Oct 27: Hockley Touchline Live
Nov 03: Wokingham Music Club

Wishbone Ash: The Making Of Argus

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