WISHBONE ASH join an already stellar line-up that boasts "Band of Friends", "Bernie Marsden & His Band", "Gerry Jablonski Band", "Pat McManus Band", "Sinnerboy" and many more. However the news that WISHBONE ASH are set to play at the Big Top on the final night of the Festival (Sunday 2nd June 2019) will be music to the ears of the Festival attendees that travel from some 25 Countries worldwide to Ballyshannon on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. The Festival honours the Late Great Rory Gallagher who was born in the town at the appropriately named Rock Hospital. Over 8,000 music fans are expected to converge on Ballyshannon for the 4-dayu Festival that starts on Thursday 30th May and continues to the late hours on Sunday 2nd June 2019. Wishbone Ash are the latest headline act to be revealed with more headline acts to be announced very soon … Watch this Space !!!
Pioneering the use of twin lead guitars, Wishbone Ash jumped on board the burgeoning Progressive Rock scene in 1969. Taking full advantage of the fertile musical environment, they produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock, readily apparent on such hits as Helpless, Runaway, Lorelei, Persephone, You Rescue Me, Outward Bound, Mother Of Pearl Rest In Peace and Bad Weather Blues. Power and melody have made the Ash a hard act to follow, while they are currently being discovered by new generations of loyal rock fans. Inspired equally by British folk traditions, American jazz and R&B, the group played to public and critical acclaim. More than 45 years later, Wishbone Ash, the quintessential road band, has gained worldwide recognition, based firmly on a regime of relentless touring.
The band includes founding member Andy Powell, who handles lead vocals and trades licks with Yorkshire’s Mark Abrahams. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 20-year veteran of the band, keeps the bottom rocking with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson. With 24 studio releases, 11 live albums and five live DVDs to date, Wishbone Ash continues to prove they are not a band to rest on their laurels. Wishbone’s third album, Argus (1972), was named The Best British Album of the Year by Melody Maker and considered to be one of the all-time classic rock albums, together with Pilgrimage (1971) and New England (1976). More recently, The Power of Eternity (2007), Elegant Stealth (2011) and Blue Horizon (2014) garnered enthusiastic praise. The band’s biggest seller, Live Dates (1973), is one of the highly rated live albums of the 1970s. The latest musical project is Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years (Snapper Music), a 32-CD deluxe box set spanning the years 1969 to 1991, featuring a coffee table book, posters, floppy discs, rare photos and more.
The constant of Wishbone Ash has been Andy Powell, voted into the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History (Traffic magazine, 1989) and the Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time (Rolling Stone). Through the years, he has been featured in notable publications, including Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar and Guitarist, and has appeared at the Guitar Institute in Los Angeles. In 2015, he released his musical memoir, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior” (co-written with Colin Harper, Jawbone Press) which offers an inside track of five decades of life on the road and in the studio.
WISHBONE ASH perform on Sunday 2nd June 2019 at the Big Top at Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland - Tickets are now on sale - www.rorygallagherfestival.com/tickets All 3 Nights at the Festival Big Top are now on sale at just €70 for ALL 3 Nights. There are non-stop Free Open air gigs throughout the Award winning 4 day Festival, Busking, Pub Sessions, the Wild Atlantic Way Gigs at the Rory Gallagher Statue, the Rock Hospital Gig, Exhibitions and much more. This is a truly unique experience that has to be enjoyed to be believed !!! All details on Festival Accommodation, Camping, Transport and the Latest Festival Line-up & News are available at www.rorygallagherfestival.com
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