Career highlights: BBC Radio 4, ITV News, HRH Prog, Sofar Sounds, The Great Escape, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, Fever London, Hackney Colliery Band
I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.
- baroque viola
- ensemble leader
- acoustic and electric (inc. wireless)
- orchestral (inc. choral) concerts and bumping amateur sections
- dep work
- musical theatre / opera pit bands
- weddings / functions / etc.
- screen work (miming or live audiovisual recording)
- pick-up bands
- solo performances
- recording sessions
- remote recording
- all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), baroque, musical theatre, folk (including ceilidhs), jazz (including gypsy jazz / jazz manouche), country, 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:
my own flexible function / event / chamber ensemble
a covers / Irish function band
a roaming acoustic wedding / function trio
a covers and folk duo
a folk-prog-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 on my Facebook page, Soundcloud page and Youtube channel, you can find samples of my work as a performer and arranger, my CV, contact details and more. Please get in touch to discuss any potential jobs – reasonable rates assured.
Donations / tips in the light of any of my music-related activities are always gratefully received via paypal.me/martinashmusic, or any other means!
Upcoming public performances
|Saturdays 5, 12 December||Grand Junction, Paddington||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet)||Fever Candlelight Christmas: The Nutcracker, carols and more: https://feverup.com/m/92444|
|Wednesday 9 December, Friday 8 January, Wednesday 27 January, Thursday 11 February||Grand Junction, Paddington||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet)||Classic film soundtracks: https://feverup.com/m/85972|
|Thursday 10, Tuesday 15 December||Southwark Cathedral||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet with featured vocalist Lauren Lucille)||favourite Christmas songs: https://feverup.com/m/80195|
|Friday 22 January||Grand Junction, Paddington||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet)||Beethoven’s best works: https://feverup.com/m/93248|
|Tuesday 26 January||Southwark Cathedral||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet) plus ballet dancers!||excerpts from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, plus Johann Strauss dances|
|Friday 29 January||Grand Junction, Paddington||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet)||Mozart’s best works: https://feverup.com/m/93249|
|Tuesday 16 February||Grand Junction, Paddington||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet)||John Williams’ best works: https://feverup.com/m/93327|
|Saturday 13 February, 1–3pm||The Harlington, Fleet||Kindred Spirit||Fleet Lions Beer Festival|
|Sunday 16 May||Bordon Masonic Lodge||Kindred Spirit Duo and caller Liz Goes||barn dance
(not a lodge members’ event!)
|Sunday 20 June, 11am–12:15||Sapphire Stage, Cambridge Rock Festival, East of England Showground, Peterborough||Kindred Spirit|
|Friday 20 August, midday||A New Day Festival, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Faversham||Kindred Spirit|