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Ash Devine is an award winning songwriter, musician, caring clown, theater artist and social activist based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville North Carolina. With a musical style spans across genres of contemporary folk, traditional Appalachian, jazz, world and experimental. Ash Devine collects songs from elders in the Appalachian region and collaborates with local grassroots artists in dance, theater and concert settings. In 2014, Ash Devine released her second collection of Original music, “Blessings on Your Journey”, a dynamic collection of heart felt songs with universal messages of social justice, love, human struggle and earth advocacy. On stage, Ash engages audiences in story and she encourages participation. The music is reminicest of Joan Biaz, Arlo Guthrie, Michelle Shocked, Joan Armatrading, Niel Young, Bob Marley.
“Her folk Fusion style gleans sounds of Appalachia, old time blues and jazz and traditional ballads. Songs are played on Guitar, Ukulele and powerful vocals that whisper like an old timey back woods wind. ” -Beth Simpson
Ash is known for her work as a “Humanitarian Musical Clown” and for her musical programs in service settings. “The red nose is a trick to get love closer”- Patch Adams
Ash began clowning after studying with the famous Patch Adams and Geshundheit! Institute. Since 2008, Ash has traveled with GI! on over five Global Outreach missions to practice humanitarian musical clowning in medical facilities, orphanages and schools.
In the USA Ash is a leader of a variety of programs. Ash produces folk-music variety shows with grassroots artists, Ash leads interactive music programs and clown workshops for elderly and youth and Ash leads volunteer clowns and musicians on excursions to local nursing homes.
” Arts and music play a very important role in societal structure and in the lives of people and all creatures. I dedicate a large portion of my artistic endeavors to the inquiry of re-connection, with people, with the planet, with ourselves. I want to play music and create theater that affects people, that catalyzes positive change and contributes to healing. This planet and its inhabitants need a lot of healing and as far as I can tell, now is the time to get creative with that process. I think that creative arts are our most potent tool for re-connection, realization and the creation of desired sustainable culture.” - Ash Devine