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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Wishbone Ash to appear at Nuts In May festival

Seventies rock legend Martin Turner will perform with his band Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash at Workington’s newest festival Nuts In May.

Turner, lead vocalist and original member of Wishbone Ash, will play with current line-up guitarists Ray Hatfield and Danny Willson, and drummer Dave Wagstaffe.

The festival will be held from May 4 to May 6 on 50 acres of specially landscaped woodland at Middlemoor, between Stainburn and Great Clifton.

Wishbone Ash was formed by west country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969.

They became known for their high-quality guitar-driven melodic rock.

Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark, and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a Melody Maker advert.

Classic album releases such as Argus and Pilgrimage defined the Wishbone Ash sound.

Over four decades later the band’s enduring music continues to delight audiences.

Turner said: “We have a great time revisiting many of the classics from the vintage days of Wishbone Ash, recreating the essence of many songs, reminding us of the diversity contained in the Wishbone Ash back catalogue.”

Nuts In May will have six stages and showcase 1980s stars, folk legends and festival favourites.

Former teen idol Nik Kershaw, best known for top 10 hits Wouldn’t It Be Good and I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, will headline the event.

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, who have inspired generations of musicians through their work with the likes of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, will perform together.

Hazel O’Connor, the singer and songwriter of hits such as Eighth Day, D-Days and Will You and star of the film Breaking Glass, is on the bill.

Also confirmed to play are The Magic Tombolinos, a London-based quintet who mix world, Latin, Gypsy and classic rock themes, Steve Lamacq favourites MJ Hibbett & The Validators, folk rocker Mad Dog McCrea, festival regulars The Baghdaddies and Pikey Beatz, Tarantism, acoustic blues musician Sean Taylor and trad-folk band Steam Radio.

A family-friendly event is promised, with storytelling, workshops, children’s events, late night entertainment and food stalls.

The festival organisers include a team who have previously worked on the successful Solfest music festival.

It is the brainchild of Alwyn and Joanne Braniff, of Stainburn Road.

Joanne, 37, who is an optician and co-owner of Braniff and Davidson Opticians, in Oxford Street, said: “We want to bring the joy and experience of a real festival to our own doorstep.

“We want to help dispel the myth that ‘nothing ever happens here’ and be rightly acclaimed as a destination that people from outside our region are attracted to.

“We believe Nuts In May will benefit both our local economy and community.”

Alwyn, 43, said: “We hope Nuts In May will be an annual event, and we will try to bring together a balance of some of the very best and most successful parts of Solfest and Brampton Live.”

All weekend tickets are £34 for adults, £20 for young people aged 12 to 17 and under-11s get in free.

Tickets are available to buy online at www.nutsinmayfestival.co.uk/tickets/buy/index.php

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