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 joining in with function bands for an extra Irish folk or country feel, and studio recording, including overdubbing and multitracking.
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 and voice (baritone / choral bass), 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
|Sunday 22 July||The Longhope Estate, Hampshire||Strand Chamber Orchestra||opera arias and overtures|
|Saturday 28 July||The Royal British Legion, Ruislip||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 4 August||Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington, Fleet||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 4 August||Matlock Bath Pirate Mutiny||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Friday 10 August||Isle of Wight||Kindred Spirit Duo||Support slot for Edwina Hayes and Rosalie Deighton|
|Saturday 11 August, afternoon||Oddballs Scooter Rally, Abingdon||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Saturday 18 August||Landed Festival||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Friday 31 August||Off the Tracks||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Saturday 8 September||The Hartlepool Steampunk Festival, Borough Hall, Hartlepool||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Saturday 10 November||Exeter Barnfield Theatre||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbara Streisand|
|Saturday 17 November||HRH Prog Festival, Pwllheli||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 1 December||Ottershaw Social Club||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 8 December||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 16 March||Ottershaw Social Club||Kindred Spirit Duo|