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
|Friday 9, Saturday 10 March||The Elgiva, Chesham||Panda Players||Oliver!|
|Thursday 15 March||Claygate Festival||Kindred Spirit Duo||Originals set supporting Gryphon|
|Friday 16 March||Archspace, Haggerston||Dream Logic||Original ambient / contemporary classical crossover music with live string quartet|
|Saturday 17 March||The Swan Inn, Isleworth||Kindred Spirit Duo||St Patrick’s night|
|Friday 23 March||The Exchange Arts Centre, Twickenham||Kindred Spirit|
|Sunday 22 April||Louth||Louth Choral Society & Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra||Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine, Massenet Ave Maria, Howells By the Waters, Bizet Agnus Dei, Fauré Requiem|
|Saturday 19 May||Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry||The Filthy Spectacula||Headlining the evening entertainment at Coventry’s annual steampunk convention|
|Saturday 26 May||Ink & Oil, National Hot Rod & Custom Show, Peterborough Arena||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Sunday 27 May||Crewe Steampunk Convention||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Friday 8 June||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 16 June||The Wheatsheaf and Pigeon, Staines||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 14 July||Northstar Rising, Moor House Adventure Centre, Durham||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Saturday 28 July||The Royal British Legion, Ruislip||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 4 August||Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington, Fleet||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 8 September||The Hartlepool Steampunk Festival, Borough Hall, Hartlepool||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Saturday 8 December||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|