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Wishbone Ash
- Clan Destiny


New York, NY (April 21, 2006)—It’s 35 years and counting for British Hard Rock denizens Wishbone Ash. Clan Destiny, the band’s 27th album, will be released in the U.S. by Eagle Rock Entertainment on May 16. Wishbone Ash personifies the consummate road warriors, having played Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, United Kingdom and the United States. all within the past 6 months.

Long considered innovators, their twin-lead guitar ethic influenced the likes of Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, and a generation or two of young bands. Founding guitarist Andy Powell—he of the Gibson Flying V—now shreds with Finnish guitar-slinger Muddy Manninen and the longtime rhythm section of bassist Bob Skeat and drummer Ray Weston.

Between recent fan conventions on two continents, appearances at major festivals, Clan Destiny (recorded in 22 days in Massachusetts), the making of a new DVD and Tribute Album, as well as the publication of a guitar tablature book of its music, we’re in the midst of a full-blown Wishbone Ash renaissance!

“We went in the studio very well prepared. The album has a lot of energy, a lot of creativity. We’re like the greatest unknown band, so there’s something clandestine about that,” explains Powell (who also produced). “There are so many former band members, it’s like a clan! We often question the destiny of this clan but it always survives, year after year. [It] seems, to my ears, to be a natural followup to Bona Fide (Talking Elephant) but with even more focus on the songwriting.”

Formed in October 1969 in London, Wishbone Ash was gigging by 1970. The band garnered notice in the early days for a unique blend of blues, jazz and English folk, but it was the way the guitars played melodic leads together that would become Wishbone Ash’s trademark. Throughout the years, many notable musicians have contributed their talents to the band, including Asia’s John Wetton, Trevor Bolder from Uriah Heep and Laurie Wisefield, who would later play guitar for Joe Cocker and Tina Turner.

A glossy, four-color booklet commemorating Wishbone Ash’s 35-year history is available on tour and through the band’s official Web site. For more information, visit

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