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“The king of tone and feel” - Robert Plant
“A true blues player” - Johnny Winter
“One of the best blues guitarists since Stevie Ray Vaughan” - Krusher Joule - Kerrang, BBC
“Ashton plays like Keith Richards on a good night and that’s really saying something” - Vintage Guitar Magazine
Australian guitarist Gwyn Ashton brings his one-man blues army extravaganza to town in a Black Keys/White Stripes/Seasick Steve
mould - with all manner of electric and acoustic guitars including open-tuned National steel, 12-string, harmonica and Hawaiian lap
slide. He never uses a set list or backing tracks.
One fan's Facebook comment reads “I watched you play underneath the bridge at Upton (Blues Festival) Friday night, and got to say it was
the best blues guitar performance I've EVER seen, and I have seen a lot - Dr Feelgood, Chicken Shack, Stones, Pretty Things, White Stripes etc."
Ashton's use of fuzz guitar, bass drum, octave pedals and electronic self-generated loops, along with his ancient Strat and steel
National guitar, brings the whole blues genre into the 21st century. His live show is loud, up-tempo and in-your-face, dragging his
audience into a 1950s Chicago blues bar and when he slows down his softer use of dynamics and guitar mastery is second-to-none.
Ashton has toured with BB King, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Junior Wells, Johnny Winter, Canned
Heat, Robin Trower, Jeff Healey, The Yardbirds, Status Quo, Magnum and many others. He has also recorded with Kim Wilson, Robbie Blunt,
Chris Glen/Ted McKenna (SAHB, MSG), Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne) and Gerry McAvoy &
Brendan O'Neill (Rory Gallagher). Ashton replaced Thin Lizzy/Motorhead guitarist Brian Robertson fronting Band Of Friends - a memorial
to Rory Gallagher featuring Gerry, Brendan, Lou Martin and Mark Feltham.