Fash has been touring for the past two and a half years, making gigs happen off his own back, without the support of a band around him, having never settled in one area for long enough to start one, or join one. He makes do with himself and a guitar, and you suspect that he has read Pete Seegers’ textbook on simplicity. Like Seeger, he has learnt the trick of making lots of noise with just an instrument and voice, with a little help from the audience.
Fash started playing regularly around Dundee, and Tayside, playing weekly in the famous Doghouse bar, where he honed his skills in open mic sessions. With a clientele of predominantly indie fans, perhaps this is a strange place for a singer/songwriter who cites country music as his first love.
If you ever have the opportunity to have a flick through his Ipod, you’ll see a whole lot of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, but thats not all - he has all sorts of music on it, and it is not unsurprising to hear Fash play covers from Atomic Kitten to Vera Lynn. In the past, a singer like Fash would be called a jukebox, nowadays, it’d be more apt to call Fash an Ipod.
However, it wasn’t until 2006, whilst serving in the Air Force in Iraq, that Fash fell in love with music, and started writing songs more frequently. After meeting Willie Nelson, and seeing him play live, Fash was inspired.
A couple of years later, after penning over a hundred songs, Fash went on the look out for gigs, open mics, sessions, festivals, anywhere he could play, and a couple more years further on, Fash can look back with some delight at his relative success.
He has played about 2 or 3 gigs a month, wherever he gets them, in addition to the numerous tours, open mics, folk clubs and sessions he is involved with.
In 2009, at T in the park, Fash had his largest audience to date, playing an extemporaneous set in the Healthy T showcase tent. In 2010, Fash has gone on to tour throughout Europe in May, support Glastonbury headliner Jim Bob Morrison in Dundee and perform at Belladrum 2010, compering the Potting Shed Stage over the two days.
His songs, generally sound like country songs, but definitely have a number of twists, some sound like old folk songs, some sound like indie anthems. What is certain is that Fash has been influenced by a wide range of musical styles, and experiences in life, and this shows in his songs and his live performances, delving into the serious and the not so serious as he plays through his set.
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