The Ashen Keys

 

Biography

The Ashen Keys are a multi instrumental, multi voiced celebration of heartfelt storytelling from Kent. Their sound tells of influences from folk, blues, pop, classical and even early music. Expect to be taken on a journey through dark folk tales, bittersweet love stories and reveries on nature, all with exquisite vocal harmonies and unique instrumentation. The Ashen Keys's have recently performed at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Rochester Cathedral, Black Deer Festival, and at Shrewsbury Folk Festival as one of the winners of the 2023 Launchpad competition. 2024 will see The Ashen Keys release their debut album, headline folk clubs and perform at folk festivals across the UK.

 

Hannah


Hannah

Instruments: Vocals, oboe, ukulele, violin

Hannah has performed across the country in folk bands for over 15 years, and also performs with the University of Kent Concert band.

Rachel


Rachel

Instruments: Vocals, clarinet, guitar, ukulele

Rachel previously performed as a singer songwriting in Medway, taking part in various collaborations with other musicians. She has worked for Live Music Now, and has run community choirs and Sing for Parkinsons.

Vicky


Vicky

Instruments: Vocals, accordion, French horn, percussion

Vicky is the voice of the 'One Red Mitten' project, in collaboration with Stuart Turner and the late Chris Broderick. As well as performing in folk bands alongside Hannah for many years, she plays in the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra.

 

Live

Whitstable Folk Club  

Whitstable Folk Club

Friday 28 June 2024


Church  

Folk at the Church, St Mary's Church, Higham

Saturday 13 July 2024

Broadstairs Folk Week  

Broadstairs Folk Week:
The Sailing Club

Saturday 10 August 2024

Purbeck Festival  

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival


Saturday 17 August 2024


Orpington Folk Club  

Album tour: Orpington Folk Club

Thursday 5 September 2024, 8pm

Swanage Folk Festival  

Album tour: Swanage Folk Festival: The Main Marquee

Sunday 8 September 2024, 12.30pm

Medway Little Theatre<br>  

Album launch event: Medway Little Theatre

Saturday 14 September 2024, 7.30pm

Tenterden folk festival<br>  

Album tour: Tenterden Folk Festival

Sunday 6 October 2024


St Edith's  

St Edith's Folk Club, with Joe Topping

Friday 18 April 2025


Christ Church, Bristol  

Downend Folk and Roots, Christ Church, Bristol

Friday 17 October 2025


Deal Folk Club  

Deal Folk Club


Thursday 20 November 2025


Previous gigs

 

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Workshops

The Ashen Keys offer a vocal harmony workshop, Exploring the voice and harmony, which they deliver at folk festivals and other events alongside their performance. Vicky is an experienced educator in the arts and cultural heritage sector, and Rachel has many years' of experience as an NHS voice therapist. She has also worked for Live Music Now, runs Sing to beat Parkinson's as well as a local community choir. Join Rachel, Vicky and Hannah to hear about The Ashen Keys' unique approach to writing vocal harmonies, learn arrangements of The Ashen Keys' songs, and discover the importance of vocal hygiene including how the voice works, and how to take good care of it.

 
Orpington  

Broadstairs Folk Week: The Sailing Club

Saturday 10 August 2024

Swanage Folk Festival  

Swanage Folk Festival

Sunday 8 September 2024

 

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We'd love to hear from you! Sign up to our mailing list to keep informed about our gigs and upcoming album release, and show your support by following us on our socials! For gig or workshop bookings, please email us at keysashen@gmail.com.

 
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