Ash Turner

Hi, I’m Ash Turner. I’m a professional drummer, multi-instrumentalist, session musician and performer, based around the north west of England and North Wales. After starting on the keys at the age of 7, I quickly developed a passion for music and went on to teach drums, guitar and keys, leading multiple classes throughout my teenage years. I also obtained experience in live performance (both nationally and internationally) during my progression through college, before going on to graduate with a BA (Hons) and Master’s Degree in Music from University of Chester, picking up the University Prize for Popular Music.

With years of experience in performance and recording, I regularly play in a number of different groups and have recorded and performed with many top musicians, including Grace Davies (X Factor 2017), Neil Fairclough (Queen, Brian May) and Elsa Harris (Paul Simon) to name a few. I like to keep busy with a lot of freelance performance and recording work, and have been fortunate enough to record at the UK’s most prestigious studios and play at a number of major festivals worldwide, including SXSW (Austin, Texas), BBC Maida Vale, Festival Number 6, Greenman Festival, Breakout West (BC, Canada), The Great Escape, Sound City, and many more.

I’m well versed in many styles of music and work proficiently with music notation and charts – notation examples can be found on the transcriptions page. Airplay and media credits include SKY Television, E4, The Sunday Times, Guitar Magazine, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6Music, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Lancashire, Radio X, Absolute Radio, Amazing Radio and many more.

I currently drum with indie-pop group Kidsmoke and perform live in various other groups, also working freelance as a recording/performing artist on a number of instruments. Feel free to get in touch at

– Ash

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“I’ve played with Ash for years and he’ll always be top of my list when it comes to looking for a drummer for any project. My favourite thing about him is that he understands music as well as rhythm, a rare thing in a drummer, which just makes getting any new track off the ground that little bit quicker. Add to that the fact that he always turns up knowing his parts, and usually plays them better than you can even imagine, and you’ve got a solid guy that I really recommend anyone to work with” 

– Martin Sean McConnell. Professional Guitarist.

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