How and Bev Askew

How Askew is a guitar player and songwriter from the UK. He moved from Workington in the north west to the bright lights of Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east in the early 1990’s. He came to study Zoology but has mostly indulged his passion for music, playing his own blend of blues and roots inspired songs and tunes for audiences both large and small over the last 25 years. Good with computers, he has a masters degree in Policy Analysis and Evaluation and worked in data strategy and analysis roles for a government agency up till early 2019.

Bev Askew has many talents: self taught seamstress, gardener, and adventure travel planner extraordinaire, to name just a few. Taking a break after 22 years in Clinical Diagnostics, she’s enjoyed creative success with a range of intricate handmade cards, for sale in all the best galleries in Newcastle.

Together with their whippets Marra and Boo, they are ‘Team Askew’ – plotting a new adventure around Europe for the coming months, taking life on the road in a motorhome.

Meet the band…

Richy Clarke on bass is a serious driving force and his rock and metal influences give the original songs and some of their reworkings of blues classics a real kick. You can also hear his signature dark bass presence in Newcastle alt.rock outfit Stand Turn Fire

Phil Muriel turns the trio into something more – he sings, plays drums, and blues harmonica, often all at the same time. He’s a songwriter and guitar player also – and his songs sometimes feature in the set. He gigs regularly round Teeside in his own band, EQ