I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.
- mandolin / voice / other instruments
- dep work
- pit bands
- weddings / functions / etc.
- pick-up bands
- recording sessions
- all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), musical theatre, folk, jazz, 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 also joining in with function bands for an extra Irish folk or country feel.
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.
I double on mandolin, voice (baritone / choral bass), and basic bass guitar, guitars, keys or percussion, and can mix and match according to what you want.
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 CV, contact details and more. Please get in touch to discuss any potential jobs – reasonable rates assured.
Upcoming public performances
|Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 October||Michael Frayn Theatre, Kingston KT2 6PY||Mayhem Theatre Company||West Side Story
|Tuesday 31 October||Abney Park Cemetery||The Winter Quartet||Halloween-themed string quartet concert|
|Saturday 4 November||Ottershaw Social Club||Kindred Spirit|
|Friday 10 November||The New Cross Inn, SE14 6AS||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Saturday 11 November||Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 18 November||St Mary’s, South Woodford||La Folie||Virtuoso Baroque music for strings and oboe|
|Saturday 25 November||The Black Horse, Binsted||Kindred Spirit|