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 23 March||The Exchange Arts Centre, Twickenham||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 24 March||St Peter’s Church, Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX||Spelthorne Choral Society & Ashford Baroque Ensemble||Haydn ‘Nelson’ Mass, D’Astorga Stabat Mater|
|11-14 April||The Hexagon, Reading||Reading Operatic Society||My Fair Lady|
|17-21 April||Epsom Playhouse||Epsom Light Opera Company||Calamity Jane|
|Saturday 21 April, 11a.m.||Surrey Food Festival, Richmond Old Deer Park||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|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 12 May afternoon||Richmond May Fair||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 12 May, 19:30||Into the Woods: A Pirate’s Ball
Holly Hill Woods, Thorington, Suffolk
|The Filthy Spectacula||Another fantastic event from the Maui Waui team|
|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|
|Monday 28 May||HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hay on Wye||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Friday 8 June||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 16 June||The Wheatsheaf and Pigeon, Staines||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Friday 29 June||Binfield Club, Forest Road, Binfield RG42 4DU||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|
|Friday 10 August||Isle of Wight||Kindred Spirit Duo||Support slot for Edwina Hayes and Rosalie Deighton|
|Saturday 18 August||Landed Festival||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Saturday 8 September||The Hartlepool Steampunk Festival, Borough Hall, Hartlepool||The Filthy Spectacula|
|Friday 28 September, 12:30||Chelmsford Cathedral||viola recital|
|Saturday 17 November||HRH Prog Festival, Pwllheli||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 8 December||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|