Playing the Edge
Ash is a singer, songwriter and producer, based in London, UK. Ash spent many years as a touring musician, and "Playing the edge" is his second album. The tragedy of Katrina, the storm that ripped through New Orleans was the starting point of the album. Ash wrote a "A crime to be poor" about the beautiful and warm people of New Orleans. Ash was lucky enough to work with some great British musicians on the album. Marc Parnell who played drums on the album has been working with Gabriella Cimi and played on "Sweet about" which attained number one on the Australian music charts. D'Zal Martin who played lap steel on "Don't leave us blind" played on Tom Robinson's "War baby". Damian Butcher who plays keyboards on "Work together" spent many years working with "The beautiful South". Andy Hamilton who plays Sax on "Steppin out" worked with Sir Paul McCartney. Paul Harvey who plays guitar on "Under the sun" worked with Mark Shaw of "Then Jerico". Steve Simpson plays mandolin on "Under the sun". Steve has worked with Ronnie Laine's "Slim chance" and is currently working with Roger Chapman from "Family". "Stepping out" features the beautiful soulful voice of Olive, who we met very briefly a few years ago. She came in, sang like an angel and then disappeared and we never even knew her surname. Ash was also very proud to work with Ian Mouricio on bass and Krysztof Pietkiewicz on percussion. Ray Staff who mastered David Bowie's "Spiders from Mars", also mastered the album. "Don't leave us blind" the opening track is an uplifting rock song. "Stealing time" is an anti-poverty song while "life's like that" is a quirky song that will make you smile. In the middle of making the album, Ash broke his leg in five places and this delayed the album by a few months. If you listen carefully you can hear Ash playing the metal work in his leg on "life's like that". Writing songs is a passion and a compulsion for Ash.