Ed Askew

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Ed Askew
Birth nameEdward C. Askew
Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, painter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards, piano, harmonica, ukulele, tiple
Years active1966–present
LabelsESP-Disk, Drag City, Sub Pop, De Stijl Records, Tin Angel Records, Okraïna Records
Associated actsThe Black Swans, Sharon Van Etten, Plastic Flowers

Ed Askew (born 1940)[1] is an American painter and singer-songwriter who first recorded in 1968 and now lives in New York City.


Born Edward C. Askew in Stamford, Connecticut,[2] he moved to New Haven, Connecticut, to study painting at Yale School of Art in 1963[3] and took up, more or less, permanent residence there until leaving for New York in 1987.

After graduating from art school in 1966, Askew was called up for the draft. Not feeling particularly enthusiastic about going to war at age 26, he looked for a teaching job and found work at a private prep school in Connecticut. It was while teaching he started making songs; he also acquired his Martin Tiple at this time. The singer-songwriter moved to New York for a few months in 1967 where he met Bernard Stollman of ESP-Disk, who offered him a contract. Between 1968 and 1986, Ed lived, mostly, in New Haven; doing occasional shows with his band, and later doing solo shows there. Around 1987, Ed moved to New York City, where he continues to write and record songs, and occasionally perform.

Pitchfork and many other high-profile music media praised his work, labeling him as a NY legend.[4][1][5] He collaborated with Sharon Van Etten on his 2013 album For the World.[6][7]


  • Ask The Unicorn (1968) (LP on ESP Disk)
  • These Nights and Days (1999) (LP self-released)
  • Little Eyes (2005) (LP on De Stijl Records)
  • Rainy Day Song (2008) (LP on Spinning Gold Records)
  • Imperfiction (2011) (LP on Drag City)[8]
  • For the World (2013) (LP on Tin Angel Records, TAR037)[9]
  • Rose (2014) (double 10" with Joshua Burkett and Steve Gunn (musician) on Okraïna Records)[10]
  • Rainbow Bridge (2014) (cassette on OSR Tapes)
  • Ask the Unicorn (2015) (Reissue LP on Tin Angel Records)[11]


  1. ^ a b http://thequietus.com/articles/13426-ed-askew-for-the-world-review
  2. ^ "Ed Askew". Drag City. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  3. ^ http://artscalendar.yale.edu/week/2012-09-30?event=CAL-2c9cb3cd-399c4ff0-013a-27fb04d1-0000526dbedework%40yale.edu_&tag_id=13
  4. ^ "Ed Askew: Imperfiction | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  5. ^ http://www.mojo4music.com/6382/ed-askew-for-the-world/
  6. ^ "Listen: Ed Askew - For The World (featuring Sharon Van Etten) - #AltSounds". Hangout.altsounds.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  7. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/news/4146775-i-saw-him-open-up-for-bill-callahan-and-it-destroyed-me-sharon-van-etten-on-ed-askew-new-track-premiere
  8. ^ http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/drag-city-releases-lost-folk-artist-ed-askews-1984-harpsichordtiple-masterpiece-go-look-tiple
  9. ^ http://www.tinangelrecords.co.uk/edaskew/
  10. ^ https://okrainarecords.bandcamp.com/album/rose
  11. ^ https://tinangelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ask-the-unicorn