Sat 1st February, 20208:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Drawn to the Blues music his parents introduced him to, (artists such as Muddy Waters, Son House, Eric Clapton and Albert King), it became obvious his ambition as a 14 year old was to become a great Artist like his heroes.
Early in his career he co-founded East Midlands based Blues band The Melt aged 16. During the three years of touring and opening for such acts as: Walter Trout, Mountain, Doctor Feelgood and The Animals the band released there critically acclaimed “self titled” album. Voted “debut album of the year by Blues In Britain magazine” Showing Ash at the age of 17 was already a gifted guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.
Ash in his early 20’s decided to join “DJUNE, featuring his Brother Phil Wilson, (Laurence Jones, Scott Mckeon, Sean Webster), on drums, Greg Smith, (Sean Webster), on the Bass and Robert Patchett on Guitar. After further crafting a rare and distinctive songwriting, guitar and singing skills he wrote and recorded tracks featured in films by “Wavelength” Europe’s biggest surfing magazine. These opportunities led to Djune performing with Ocean Colour Scene, The Kooks and Pigeon Detectives.
After a break, Ash returned to being a live performer with alternative rock band Infamous Vampires. Co-founded with his brother Phil Wilson the band was created as a canvas for them to indulge in a darker setting and delve into a more complex place both lyrically and musically. The self titled album was released in May of 2014. Although the project was not a serious outfit it did see the start of Ash’s writing relationship with his brother Phil.
In 2014 he became a full time member of the Sean Webster Band. Being a part of Sean’s band Ash, working both as a rhythm and lead player transformed Sean’s live set and the well received album “See it through”
In 2016 Ash was asked to join, Jesse Davey’s, (The Hoax), Big Blues Band, co-writing and singing the song “The Revalator” from the “Big Blues Album” Which came 3rd in the 2016 “best Album Category. The album also featured blues greats Hugh Coltman, Ian Siegle, Pete Gage, Scott Mckeon, Sam Bratley, Phil Wilson and Mark Barret.
With all this outside activity, Ash has never written a solo album. But while honing his skills as a guitarist, songwriter and singer, he stockpiled ideas and songs he’d written for himself as well for Sean Webster, The Melt and Jesse Davey. He selected songs and cowritten songs with his brother for his Debut solo album Broken Machine.
2017 saw the release of ‘Broken Machine’ to much critical acclaim. The album, distributed both physically and digitally through Cadiz Music Limited pushed Ash to a new audience leading to a support gig in London with New York Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee Sari Schorr followed by a support tour with South African guitar virtuoso Dan Patlansky. From the exposure received both from these gigs and online reviews of the album Ash underwent his own tour of the UK, Holland, Belgium and Germany.
In the Winter of 2017 Ash was asked to become a full time member of the Sari Schorr band. Signed to Manhaton Records and ready to record a follow up to the runaway success the was her debut album ‘Force or Nature’ this opportunity to tour across the world during the course of 2018 was one he could not miss.
Ash is continuing to write new material for his follow up to Broken Machine. In the meantime he is working with Sari Schorr on her follow up record and will be appearing in many venues across the world as part of Sari’s band and as a solo artist.