Powell on stage with Wishbone Ash in January 2009
|Birth name||Andrew Powell|
19 February 1950 |
Stepney, London, England
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, progressive rock, art rock|
|Labels||MCA, AVM, Neat, IRS, Permanent, Talking Elephant|
|Associated acts||Wishbone Ash|
|Gibson Flying V
Chilcott Angel V
Andy Powell (born Andrew Powell, 19 February 1950, Stepney, London) is an English guitarist and songwriter, and best known as a founding member of Wishbone Ash. Alongside Wishbone Ash's other twin lead guitarist, Ted Turner, the pair were acknowledged as "Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History" (Traffic magazine 1989).
Early life and career
Although born in the East End of London, Powell grew up in the new town of Hemel Hempstead, some 25 miles (40 km) north-east of London. He first played guitar at the age of 11, inspired by rock and beat bands such as The Shadows. Powell, unable to muster funds to buy a brand-new guitar, made a Les Paul-style guitar himself, and began to play in London-based bands such as The Dekois and The Sugar Band.
In 1969, Powell answered a Melody Maker classified in which Martin Turner and Steve Upton advertised for a guitar player. Being unable to choose between Powell and another applicant (Ted Turner), Wishbone Ash was formed with two lead guitarists. The band went on to find considerable worldwide success, being famed for their pioneering use of twin lead guitars – inspiring the likes of Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and Metallica.
In 1988, Powell contributed to Miles Copeland III's Night of the Guitar project alongside Ted Turner, touring extensively with artists such as Randy California, Jan Akkerman, Steve Howe, Steve Hunter, Robby Krieger, Leslie West and Alvin Lee.
- "Andy Powell (biography)". Wishbone Ash. 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2008.