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.
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.
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.
My availability can be checked and inquiries made through MAS or directly.
Upcoming public performances
|Thursday 18 October, 7pm||St Bartholomew’s Church Sydenham||South East London Orchestra||Schumann Genoveva Overture
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Ethel Smyth Serenade in D
|Saturday 10 November||Exeter Barnfield Theatre||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra 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|
|Friday 21 December||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 26 January||Towngate Theatre, Basildon||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 15 February||Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 16 February||Lyme Regis||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 1 March||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Wednesday 6 March||Bury St Edmunds||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 9 March||Ruislip Royal British Legion||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Sunday 10 March||Theatre Royal, Windsor||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 16 March||Ottershaw Social Club||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 23 March||King’s Hall, Herne Bay||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 5 April||Regal Theatre, Redruth||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 13 April||Camberley Theatre||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 26 April||Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 17 May||King’s Hall, Herne Bay||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 21 June||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit|
|23–25 August||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|
|Saturday 21 December||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit|