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Gwyn Ashton (born 1961, Wales) is a blues and rock guitarist.

Biography Gwyn Ashton

Welsh-born Ashton migrated to Adelaide, South Australia in the 1960s, picked up a guitar at 12 and from the age of 16 and played many bars and festivals in the area.

He relocated to Sydney in the 1980s, playing stints with Swanee and Stevie Wright. With his own band, he played stages nationwide – some in the middle of nowhere, fronted with chicken wire, sometimes driving for days through the outback to get to the next show.

In the 1990s he moved to Melbourne, played with Jim Keays and Mick Pealing, recorded his first two albums and opened for Junior Wells, Rory Gallagher, Steve Morse and Albert Lee.

Following record company advice to base himself where the best record sales were happening for him, in 1996 Ashton moved to the UK to be located closer to Europe.

Promoting his album Feel The Heat, Ashton’s band opened for Status Quo on their 15-date British arena tour in 1999. This included dates at Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena.

In 2000 Ashton recorded Fang It! with Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O’Neil, former Rory Gallagher rhythm section now with Nine Below Zero. He then fronted Band of Friends, replacing ex Motörhead and Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson. This was a tribute to Rory, with Gerry, Brendan, Lou Martin, Mark Feltham and Ted McKenna who all played with Rory over the years.

In 2006 Ashton recorded Prohibition with Chris Glen (Sensational Alex Harvey Band), Ted McKenna (Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore) and Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake).

In 2009 he decided to form his own record label, Fab Tone Records, to release Two-Man Blues Army in a DIY fashion, recording the album on his laptop using Logic Pro in a local workshop. The album featured Dave Small on drums.

Over the years Ashton has played onstage with Mick Fleetwood, Hubert Sumlin, Marc Ford, Canned Heat and has opened for Rory Gallagher, Ray Charles, Robin Trower, Vanilla Fudge, Wishbone Ash, Van Morrison, Jeff Healey, Tony Joe White, Johnny Winter, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, John Hammond and Pat Travers.

Band

Ashton's current band 'Two-Man Blues Army' consists of Ashton on guitar and, as of 2009, 21 year old British drummer "Killer" Kev Hickman.