As heard on/at: BBC Radio 4, ITV News, HRH Prog, Sofar Sounds, The Great Escape, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, Secret London
I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.
- baroque viola
- voice / other instruments
- acoustic and electric (inc. wireless)
- orchestral (inc. choral) concerts and bumping amateur sections
- dep work
- pit bands
- weddings / functions / etc.
- screen work (miming or live audiovisual recording)
- freestyling (electric violin) over DJs / club music
- pick-up bands
- recording sessions
- all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), baroque, musical theatre, folk (including ceilidhs), 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.
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
|Friday 24 April||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 9 May||The Old Hat, Ealing||The 145s|
|Saturday 4 July, 1–3pm||The Stag & Huntsman, Hambleden, Henley RG9 6RP||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 11 July, time tbc||Godstoneberry Festival, Wellbeing Area||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 12 July, afternoon||Music in the Meadow, Godstrey Meadow bandstand, Farnham||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 1 August, 1–3pm||Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington||Kindred Spirit|
|Friday 14 August||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Friday 28 August||A New Day Festival||Kindred Spirit|
|Friday 4 September, 7–9pm||The Stag & Huntsman, Hambleden, Henley RG9 6RP||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Wednesday 28 October||The Stables, Milton Keynes, Stage 2||Zoë Wren trio||Co-headline show with Mike Silver|
|Saturday 12 December||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|
|Sunday 16 May 2021||Bordon Masonic Lodge||Kindred Spirit Duo and caller Liz Goes||barn dance
(not a lodge members’ event!)
|Sunday 20 June 2021, midday||Cambridge Rock Festival, Sapphire Stage||Kindred Spirit|