Gwyn Ashton

Friday 23rd August 2024

Little Theatre Acoustic Stage | 19:00 – 20:00

Gwyn Ashton, one of the hardest working and powerful one-man bands, is back touring a new solo album titled Mojosoul and a brand new single Get Outta Town with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and members of Australian bands Cold Chisel and Superjesus.

In 2023 Ashton smashed stages across The Netherlands and Belgium with prog rockers Wishbone Ash, co-headlined the Adelaide Guitar Festival in Australia and relentlessly blazed his way across Wales, England, Serbia, Bosnia, Germany, Czechia, Slovakia and Poland. 2024 dates include an Australian tour and he’s booked for a mainstage performance at the prestigious Great British R&B Festival.

Ashton is on the top of the list of the new wave of modern blues rock artists, as spearheaded by The Black Keys, Jack White, Seasick Steve et al. A first class entertainer he oozes stagecraft and showmanship, combining songs and stories from a road well-travelled with dextrous guitar playing, blasting out drum beats on Bill Ward’s old Black Sabbath drum kit, grinding fuzz bass lines with his thumb while he viciously attacks his guitar with a bottleneck slide, singing and blowing blues harp into a lofi radio microphone.

Inspired by the likes of Hendrix and David Lindley, his “guit-arsenal” includes a rack full of electric and acoustic instruments including lap slide, resonator, 12-string and old pawn shop guitars.

Ashton has had multiple Tracks of The Week in the UK’s prestigious Classic Rock Magazine from 10 of his commercially released albums on which he’s collaborated with Don Airey (Deep Purple), Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Robbie Blunt (Robert Plant) and Rory Gallagher’s band.

“The most versatile performer we’ve had” – Deep Ellum Blues Club, Dallas, Texas. “The king of feel” – Robert Plant. “A true bluesman” – Johnny Winter. “A real player” – David Crosby. With these accolades and every recording garnishing numerous Albums of The Week/Month/Year from UK and European guitar and rock press Ashton’s incredible live show keeps growing stronger and he’s bringing it to a town near you soon!

Formerly with Virgin Records, France, Gwyn Ashton was lead guitarist in Europe with Band of Friends (Rory Gallagher’s band) and in Australia with Stevie Wright (Easybeats) and Jim Keays (Master’s Apprentices). He has shared stages with BB King, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles, Peter Green, Van Morrison, Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf), Mick Taylor, Status Quo, The Yardbirds, Slade, Robin Trower, Steve Hackett, Wishbone Ash, The Troggs and more. He has been invited onstage to jam with Mick Fleetwood, Canned Heat, Walter Trout, Elliot Randall (Steely Dan) and many others.

“The most versatile performer we’ve had” – Deep Ellum Blues Club, Dallas, Texas