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 31 December||Basingstoke Irish Club||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Friday 26 January||Jamboree, Limehouse||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Saturday 3 February||Chichester, venue tbc||La Folie||New music in Baroque style and orchestration!|
|Saturday 17 February||The Music Mill, Plumstead||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Thursday 15 March||Claygate Festival||Kindred Spirit Duo||Originals set supporting Gryphon|
|Friday 16 March||The Ash Tree, Ashford, Surrey||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 17 March||The Swan Inn, Isleworth||Kindred Spirit Duo||St Patrick’s night|
|Saturday 14 April||Chichester, venue tbc||La Folie||German Baroque music, including Telemann viola concerto and Bach Brandenburg concerto no. 6|
|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|
|Friday 8 June||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 16 June||The Wheatsheaf and Pigeon, Staines||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 4 August||Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington, Fleet||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 8 December||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|