Ash Hunter is an accomplished singer/songwriter who has recently been supporting Badly Drawn Boy on a string of dates in 2018 and 2019…when Damon first heard Ash’s songs he described them as “Inspiring”.
Ash on touring with Badly Drawn Boy
“…I've been a fan of Damon since I was 14, he was a big influence on my music, so it was a dream come true. My first time in Ireland and my first tour too…we went down well and Damon was a class act…he's a top guy. It was so surreal. I did question the reality of it all at certain points...I like hotels and motorways too and there was plenty of that and I watched a lot of Irish news”.
His debut album Rural Music was released in 2015 and was produced by Colin and Norman McLeod at Moolah Rouge. It’s rich and layered sound was likened to a less maudlin Nick Drake, but with a freshness and naivety that is utterly enchanting.
“..writing and singing songs about his rural upbringing with a sincerity that can often seem too rare in today’s music. Rural Music is brim-full of gentle memories, hopes and dreams delivered using the most engaging song writing, loveable melodies and an impressive fingerpicking guitar style”. folkradio.co.uk
The song ‘George And The Dragon’ from Rural Music was used on the film Eaten By Lions - a feature film starring Johnny Vegas, due for release 29th March 2019.
“The Director Jason Wangard contacted me to ask if he could use 'George And The Dragon' but it wasn't until I was at the premiere that I found out it was the opening track! It worked really nicely and the film is funny, has a great cast and looks beautiful”.
His unique and sometimes nostalgic view of the every day is expressed within his song writing. His stories are delivered with humour, persona and feeling... he has been compared to Bon Iver, the Canadian Ron Sexsmith, The Divine Comedy and the more acoustic side of Traffic.
Now working on his second album and regularly performing live catch Ash Hunter when you can…
Recently I have been listening to...
A lot of Vapourwave, Jazz from the 20's-30's, Chopped & Screwed Hip-Hop, Death Metal, Hawaiian stuff, like Jerry Byrd... I have always looked to the fringes for music, from the Japanese 'Onkyo' movement to Gore-grind. It truly interests and inspires me towards approaching writing from a different mindset.
Albums I could not do without…
Hank III - Straight To Hell
The first country album I knew every word to. An album filled with moanin', humour and drinkin. Covers all the country talking points without the Nashville sheen. Hank III opened up the world of outlaw country music to me that I had been looking for.
The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time
'Hauntology' 'ambient' 'sound art'... not the first Caretaker album I heard but probably my favourite. Leyland Kirby conjures ghosts of the 20's and 30's into sound collages with plenty of Lo-Fi warmth and crackle in his beautiful dreamy/nightmarish way.
Xasthur - To Violate The Oblivious
A solid, depressive Black-Metal album. Not as abrasive as what is usually expected from the genre, filled with melancholic melodies and washed in a despairing atmosphere...
Play a sample of each track below - follow the Spotify link at the bottom of the page to stream the full track.