London Viola Player, Violinist & Arranger For Hire

"An excellent performer that you can’t take your eyes off" - Jamie Goddard, The Zoots

"Martin is a highly talented violin player in all kinds of genres" - Elaine Samuels, Kindred Spirit

"You are my number one top of list right-hand go-to man" - Scutty Lee, The Etiquette Orchestra

As heard on/at: BBC Radio 4, ITV News, HRH Prog, Sofar Sounds, The Great Escape, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, Secret London

I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.

  • violist
  • violinist
  • baroque viola
  • arranger
  • mandolin
  • voice / other instruments
  • acoustic and electric (inc. wireless)
  • orchestral (inc. choral) concerts and bumping amateur sections
  • dep work
  • pit bands
  • weddings / functions / etc.
  • screen work (miming or live audiovisual recording)
  • freestyling (electric violin) over DJs / club music
  • pick-up bands
  • recording sessions
  • all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), baroque, musical theatre, folk (including ceilidhs), jazz (including gypsy jazz / jazz manouche), country, bluegrass, blues, pop/rock/singer-songwriter, etc.
  • fluent sightreader and improviser, confident working from chords, playing by ear and writing my own parts

I have ample experience playing on minimal rehearsal (particularly in orchestras and function / wedding string quartets), and joining in with function bands for an extra Irish folk or country feel, and studio recording, including overdubbing and multitracking.

Besides one-off freelance work and some solo performing, I am also active with:
a covers / Irish function band
a roaming acoustic wedding / function trio
a covers and folk duo
a folk-rock originals band

I’m also able to produce / transcribe written parts and master scores from MIDI files (anything from a solo instrument up to full orchestra!), while arranging / orchestrating for live instruments and players, and the forces you actually have available even if they’re not the same as the tracks on your demo recording, in the same process.

Elsewhere on the site and my Soundcloud page and Youtube channel, you can find samples of my work as a performer and arranger, testimonials, my CVcontact details and more. Please get in touch to discuss any potential jobs – reasonable rates assured.

My availability can be checked and inquiries made through MAS or directly.

Upcoming public performances

Friday 24 April The Cross Lances, Hounslow Kindred Spirit Duo  
Saturday 2 May Stage 2, The Stables, Milton Keynes Zoë Wren trio (co-headline with Mike Silver)  
Saturday 9 May The Old Hat, Ealing The 145s  
Saturday 23 May Bordon Masonic Lodge Kindred Spirit Duo and caller Liz Goes barn dance
(not a lodge members’ event!)
Saturday 4 July, 1–3pm The Stag & Huntsman, Hambleden, Henley RG9 6RP Kindred Spirit Duo  
Saturday 11 July, time tbc Godstoneberry Festival, Wellbeing Area Kindred Spirit  
Saturday 12 July, afternoon Music in the Meadow, Godstrey Meadow bandstand, Farnham Kindred Spirit  
Saturday 1 August, 1–3pm Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington Kindred Spirit  
Friday 14 August The Cross Lances, Hounslow Kindred Spirit Duo  
Friday 28 August A New Day Festival Kindred Spirit  
Friday 4 September, 7–9pm The Stag & Huntsman, Hambleden, Henley RG9 6RP Kindred Spirit Duo  
Saturday 12 December The Belle Vue, High Wycombe Kindred Spirit  
Sunday 20 June 2021, midday Cambridge Rock Festival, Sapphire Stage Kindred Spirit

5 thoughts on “Home

  1. Thanks Gaz – would never have picked that up without a heads-up, and nice to have it from a fellow Merseysider (even if I moved away long ago). Play on!

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