Ash has been one of Northern Ireland’s leading alternative bands for the last 20 years. Their rock and roll story has featured lots of highs and lows…
See where they came from:
- Formed at school in Downpatrick, Co Down in 1992 with Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray.
- They came to the attention of independent record label owner Stephen Taverner in 1994. Taverner managed and financed their debut single ‘Jack Names the Planets’.
- Released the mini-album ‘Trailer’ which is played on national radio and the band are signed to Infectious Records.
- Their first album ‘1977’ debuts at number 1 in May 1996.
- Charlotte Hatherley joins the band prior to the release of their second album ‘Nu-Clear Sounds’. The album is not a success.
- Upon the release of their third album in 2001, ‘Free All Angels’, the band are nearing bankruptcy but the first single ‘Shining Light’ is a huge hit and the album goes to number one. Tim Wheeler picks up an Ivor Novello songwriting award.
- The album ‘Meltdown’ is released and Hatherley leaves the band to pursue a solo career.
- In 2007, the band release their final album and announce that they would only release singles in the future.
- In 2009 – 2010, they released 26 singles in a year from their A to Z series and completed a tour of the UK, playing consecutively in towns beginning with the letters of the alphabet.
- Their music has been used in various films including ‘Angus’, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’, and ‘Sean of the Dead’ as well as the video games ‘Gran Turismo’ and ‘Republic Commando’.