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Tommy Ashby will head to The Castle Hotel in Manchester on the 1st of December as part of his 2019 Winter Tour. The singer-songwriter has been widely acclaimed for his three evocative EPs of atmospheric songs, distinctive voice and imaginative production.
Tommy’s third EP ‘Golden Arrow’ was written whilst he toured the UK and Europe as a session guitarist on the Ed Sheeran Divide tour in 2018. The lyrical themes tell the story of the tour but the music lives in the same world as his previous EP ‘Restless Love’, thanks to Grammy award-winning Producer Sam Okell (John Grant, Graham Coxon).
Tommy has been supported by tastemaker press such as Atwood, Clash, Record of the Day, When the Horn Blows and Celebmix. He has big fans at BBC Radio Scotland with appearances on the Quay Sessions for Roddy Hart, and numerous plays across different shows. He was recently interviewed on BBC Breakfast 5 live and has gained fans across independent regional stations. He has been supported by Radio 2 with spot plays, most specifically by Fearne Cotton.
His songs feature in various Spotify editorial playlists and have been sync’d in a number of popular TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Riviera, Netflix’s The Innocents and NBC’s Midnight Texas to name a few, consequently hitting the shazam charts in many territories around the world.
Tommy was the main support on Luke Sital Singh’s April 2019 UK tour and he has recently supported Hilang Child (Bella Union), Allman Brown, Skinny Living (Polydor), The Xcerts (Polydor) and Tom Speight. He has previously toured the UK & Europe supporting Rhodes, Jamie Lawson and Nina Nesbitt.
Following his Soho residency earlier in the year Tommy headlined St Pancras Old Church and completed a solo tour of Scotland. He toured the USA and Canada in October supporting Tom Speight and will support Big Country in December.
Tommy’s last concert in Manchester is etched in his memory for all the wrong reasons! While supporting local musician Jamie Lawson in Manchester Cathedral, his 1963 vintage Hofner guitar was stolen from the stage! Despite the outpouring of support on social media and from the Manchester community the guitar was never found. A fellow musician came to the rescue and Tommy now tours with a Hofner guitar from the same year. He’s excited to be returning – hopefully he’ll go away with happier memories this time around.