Under the Radar: Tommy Ashby

If anyone should know how to strike a chord with listeners, it’s singer-songwriter Tommy Ashby. The Borders-based artist has a PhD in psychoacoustics, which is the study of how the brain processes sound, and he has been putting this to good use.

Tommy Ashby PIC: Fraser Taylor

His 2019 Golden Arrow EP has already clocked up more than a million streams on Spotify, buoyed by tours of both the UK and the US and support slots for Nina Nesbitt. Additional attention has come via Radio 2 airplay and having his music synced in TV shows including Gray’s Anatomy, Love Island and Silent Witness.On Friday Ashby released his new single, One Word (via Wow & Flutter Records), which is produced by Grammy-award winning engineer Sam Okell. Look out for his live performance on Instagram on 14 May, as well as a cameo role in Will Ferrell’s forthcoming film, Eurovision. https://bit.ly/UTRTommyAshby

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