Both Ash Tu-kay and Rebecca Ryan had been writing and performing original music Independently prior to the duo's formation. They met in the spring of 2018 in a studio session with a mutual friend, and instantly formed a musical connection. Shortly after this time, the pair decided to collaborate on some of Ash's unfinished ideas. This initial collaboration resulted in the tracks 'Do Me Know Harm', 'Take This Life' & 'From Beneath'. Shortly after the release of the aforementioned songs, there was a natural progression of their friendship that led to the creation of their first songs together and Tu-kay & Ryan were born!
Ash Tu-kay & Rebecca Ryan (Tu-kay & Ryan) are a
multi award winning acoustic duo blurring the lines between folk, Americana and roots music.
They have become known for their lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Their songs encourage a positive outlook on life, even when things may be tough. They are optimists at heart and believe there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how small or distant it may seem.
They have to date released 4 EPs, 'Echo' & 'Pages' (2019),
'Passage Of Time' (2021), and The Little Things (2022), all to
glowing reviews from folk clubs and local press. They have also
received global radio play for singles released since 2021.
Their single Temporal Drifter went to #1 in the Amazon Folk
Charts, for both bestsellers and hot new releases, in May 2022.
Since 2018, Tu-kay & Ryan have performed at numerous pubs, clubs,
house concerts and festivals in the UK & internationally.
Anyway I Can
“At a time when we are all understandably swimming
against global anxiety, it's so great that these two
wildly optimistic tunesmiths are keeping our peckers up
for us. An ear worm melody that defies is it or is it not
coolness by just being so openly fresh faced and
catchy." Tim Bricheno (All About Eve)
Passage Of Time (EP)
“An emotional roller-coaster in 5 songs, an outstanding
EP from such a talented duo of singer-songwriters.”
“Well...I listened to the new EP from @tukayandryan
today and it is absolutely terrific. Beautiful and with
something to say.” Tim Wheeler, BBC Northampton
Tu-kay & Ryan are advocates for supporting charities, one in particular is The Grey Dog Trust, based in Northampton. The charity focusses on 'Putting Young People's Mental Health Centre Stage'.
During lockdown of 2020/2021 Tu-kay & Ryan invited 10 other musicians to contribute to a song in order to raise money for The Grey Dog trust. The song was later made into a video featuring all the performers.
The resulting song and video can be seen below.
Rebecca is a singer/songwriter originating from the seaside town
of Aberystwyth in sunny Wales. She started singing at the age of
10, playing the pivotal role of the Star of Bethlehem in her primary
She went on to sing in choirs, spent many of her teenage years
in musical theatre productions and had a brief foray as lead singer
in a jazz band at the age of 18.
After qualifying as a drama/English teacher, work took over and
music took a back seat. However, up on moving to Northampton in
her mind 20s, she soon became lead singer for a soul/funk band performing
around the country at weddings and functions, becoming known for
her powerful vocals and range.
She began writing her own songs in September 2017, recording
her first EP in April 2018. She has quickly become known for her
heartfelt lyrics based around personal experiences and matters of
the heart; she has been known on numerous occasions to move people
to tears with her voice and delivery of her original material.
Originally from the small village of Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire;
Ash is today recognised as a Music Producer, Songwriter & Sound
Engineer. He is also the founder of the independent project recording
studio Tu-kay Records and record label Audio Vendor.
Ash started singing and writing songs at the age of six and over
the years since, he has practised bass, guitar, piano, drums and
percussion amongst other instruments, adding them to his repertoire.
Ash progressed to production as a means to record his own songs,
in doing so he developed a passion for recording. He subsquently
studied Creative Music Production at The Academy of Contmeporary
Music, Guildford, which culminated in the recording of numerous
bands and artists in a wide range of scenarios. Ash has worked with
and alongside a number of industry professionals throughout his
15+ years as a songwriter, performer & music producer.
Ash has accumulated in excess of 10+ years gigging experience
in bars, pubs, clubs, festivals and parks across the UK and internationally.
Ash has also successfully organised, promoted and engineered a number
of music events and festivals.
Ash has explored and recorded many different styles/genres of
music ranging across Rock, Indie, Acoustic, Reggae, Blues, Jazz,
Dance, Hip-Hop, Big Band, Metal, Folk and heavy experimentation
with sampling, MIDI and computer music.