A surveyor who’s been working the local music scene since his teens is hoping to make a breakthrough in the industry following the release of his debut single.
Ash Parkinson performs regularly in Blackpool and across the Fylde, and is now launching his own material as a singer-songwriter.
In recent weeks, he’s released his first single Dancing Alone online and took part in local music showcase the Brilliance Sessions, held to mark the close of the Illuminations’ season in Birley Street.
Ash, who describes his music as ‘acoustic pop folky stuff, with a rocky edge’, said: “I’m getting my foot on the ladder with my music out there now to be heard by the right people.
“After doing covers and things in bars for years, I have had good feedback which made me want to give it a go.
“I’m out playing most weekends but the focus now is more on getting my material out there. I’m hoping to get another single out by Christmas, and then an EP to follow early next year.”
Next month Ash, from Lytham, will be among the acts helping to get Blackpool Rocks underway at the Winter Gardens in the festival’s live room.
Blackpool Rocks, on Saturday, December 19, is the third year for the winter dance music festival in the resort, headlined by the Fylde’s own superstar DJ Danny Howard, with Annie Mac, Duke Dumont and Craig David.
“I’m extremely excited to be on the bill with names like that,” he said. “Blackpool Rocks will be the first time for me out there with my own music. It’s good to have the diversity for Blackpool Rocks, and that’s what the organisers are aiming for; the live room should be a good early build up to the main acts and a showcase for local musicians.”
Ash’s music releases have come after working with Brighton-based producer Theo Harvey from Strident Soundworks, and has been encouraged to follow his dream by friend and fellow Fylde musician James Edgar, who’s recently been showcasing his new music in London.
“James is one of my best friends and he’s making waves in the industry now,” Ash said. “We were paying in Lytham when we were teenagers, until we went our separate ways to go to university.
“But James’s success has given me a bit of a kick to get going and he said I should be trying it.”