Martin Turner, born Torquay 1947, was a founding member of Wishbone Ash in 1969 where he was the principal songwriter, vocalist and bass player. Martin was accompanied by Steve Upton on drums who’d played together for previous 3 years, and twin lead guitarists Andy Powell and Ted Turner. Disagreements over group policy and musical direction led to Martin and the band parting company in 1980.
1987 saw the reformation of the original Wishbone Ash and Martin returning as bassist, vocalist and producer for a trio of acclaimed albums for the IRS label. 1991 saw the remnants of the original Wishbone Ash line-up making the decision to continue without the band’s founding member Martin Turner.
Martin Turner, however, remained an integral part of the Wishbone Ash set-up, maintaining awareness and appreciation of the classic marks of the band through his work in the remastering and remixing of the band’s back catalogue. Indeed, hardly a year has passed without Martin being involved in a Wishbone Ash project of some form (even joining Andy Powell’s new incarnation of the band for concert appearances for the band’s 25th anniversary activity during 1995/96).
But Wishbone Ash remained Martin’s first love and 2005 saw Martin Turner taking his Wishbone-related activity one stage further with his long awaited return to the live arena and the formation of a new band