As heard on/at: BBC Radio 4, ITV News, HRH Prog, Sofar Sounds, The Great Escape, Bearded Theory, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square
I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.
- mandolin / voice / other instruments
- acoustic and electric (inc. wireless)
- orchestral (inc. choral) concerts and bumping amateur sections
- dep work
- pit bands
- weddings / functions / etc.
- freestyling (electric violin) over DJs / club music
- pick-up bands
- recording sessions
- all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), musical theatre, folk, jazz (including gypsy jazz / jazz manouche), 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.
Besides one-off freelance work and some solo performing, I am also active with:
a roaming acoustic wedding / function trio
a covers and folk duo
a wedding / function and concert string ensemble
a gypsy jazz band
a folk-rock originals band
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.
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.
My availability can be checked and inquiries made through MAS or directly.
Upcoming public performances
|Sunday 9 June, 5pm||Chiswick Proms, Chiswick House W4 2QR||Last Night of the Proms concert|
|Friday 5 July||The Ailsa Tavern, Twickenham||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 3 August, 1–3pm||Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington, Fleet||Kindred Spirit|
|Sunday 11 August, 3–5pm||Music in the Meadows, Farnham||Kindred Spirit|
|Friday 23 August, 2–2:30||The Busk Stop, CarFest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire||solo||(extension of my busking act)|
|Friday 30 August||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Sunday 1 September, 4:30pm||Wight Proms, Northwood House, Cowes, Isle of Wight||Last Night of the Proms concert|
|Saturday 21 December||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit|