Appalachian Songstress and Humanitarian Performance Artist, Ash Devine

Ash Devine: Music For Folk

(Original song, titled Rosie, a true story of immigrant struggle, followed By Original tune “I Wish You Well”, at the Starlight Room in Sarasota, FL)

Award-winning Americana-folk singer-songwriter, traditional Appalachian musician, multi-instrumentalist and community-based activist Ash Devine is based the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Devine is an accomplished vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and she has recorded and self-produced two albums of original Americana-folk-world fusion music and is currently working on her third. Her vocals are breathy, rich and earthy with a classic folk sound and her versatile fingerstyle guitar and ukulele playing is a dynamic and beautifully satisfying accompaniment to her songs.

“Ash Devine’s vocals whisper like an old timey back woods wind. ” Beth Simpson (producer)

“Ash Devine’s music has a classic folk sound without pretense, Devine is the real deal.” –Tret Fure (Award-winning songwriter and producer)

Beyond incredible musicianship, Devine’s strength is stage presence and connection with her audience. Comparable to Pete Seeger, Ash gently weaves themes of social and environmental justice into her performances, while encouraging the audience to sing along. From 2007-2014 Ash Devine traveled internationally with activist Patch Adams, M.D. to perform in medical facilities, orphanages, social service centers, and nursing homes. In 2015 Ash Devine starred as the legendary Maybelle Carter and musically directed the play “Esley: The Life and Music of Leslie Riddle”. From 2016-2018 Ash Devine studied Appalachian traditional folk songs from the Western, NC area with Smithsonian Folkways Award winning ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams. In 2018, Devine was invited to join a group of WNC Appalachian song carriers to perform at the Library of Congress at the American Folk Life Center in Washington, DC. Ash’s unique background and ability to connect with her audiences through story and sound makes her music deeply relatable and emotionally compelling for people of all ages.

Devine’s work as a teaching artist is devoted to social justice, musical heritage preservation, education, and inter-generational community building through music and arts.  In addition to her concerts in folk venues, private events, and house concerts, Ash performs and teaches nationally in nursing homes, schools, homes for disabled, and community based events.

Ash Devine is award winning:

1st place Brown Bag Songwriter Comp: 2010
1st Place Music Selection Twin Rivers Media Festival 2009
1st Place Best Composition: Downtown Music Lab 2004

Visit Ash’s Electronic Press Kit

Ash Devine plays Maybelle Carter

11214191_10152906913731631_1058010406656584934_nIn summer 2015, Ash Devine blew audiences away with her finger picking Carter scratch style when she starred as legendary country stars Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family in the Parkway Playhouse production of “Esley: The Life and Music of Leslie Riddle”.  As co-musical director, Ash Devine authentically re-created the Carter family sound. Ash offers concerts featuring traditional folk music from WNC and music of the Carter Family. Concerts are available solo or with a band accompaniment. 

“Ash Devine and Saro Lynch Thomason did a fine job, and really caught the essence of that dry yet driving Carter family harmony.” Grammy Nominee Musician and Folk-Lorist  David Holt, grammy nominee, folklorist and Award-winning musician

” Ash Devine was channeling Maybelle Carter.”-Minnie Powell (Musician )

“Her whispers like a backwoods wind ” -Elizabeth Simpson – Activist and Artist

Ash Devine Now Offering an Inter-generational Ukulele Series in Black Mountain, NC

See the tour dates here !

Tour Schedule


Comments

Appalachian Songstress and Humanitarian Performance Artist, Ash Devine — 9 Comments

  1. Just listened to you at Odd Fellows here in Floyd, VA. Bought your new CD. I realy enjoy it. You have great spiritual insight and the world needs more folks like you…Ken

  2. Aloha Ash,

    I wanted to thank you for sharing your songs. I regret not grabbing my fiddle and joining you on your island tour. Clyde said you shook the whole building in Kapaa, nearly to the ground.

    The CD you gave me unfortunately didn’t play. I wanted to hear the song about the earth having things to say…

    I hope you will read my book sometime and let me know what Aunties and Uncles you liked best. Take care,

    mo

  3. Hello Ash I love your new songs!!

    I would like to help you get the word about your music.

    Mark

    Helping my clients and business networking partners put up FREE to low cost small business websites, get them found on local search, work to keep them there, and help build a strong local twitter target market.

  4. Hi Ash. Barb told me you were coming to Seattle. I’d love to buy you a meal and here your stories from the road. I’ve got a few road stories since I saw you as well. The biggest is I’m moving out of the NW in Feb.’16. Going cross country by car. Miami, Jamaica, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York…The plan is to just keep gigging. Check out my new art page at fineartamerica. Just type in my name. Happy Trails

  5. Dear Sweet Ash, So sorry to have missed the show last night in Bburg. It was a hard day on the farm and sleep in the afternoon would not come. Thanks for the invite. We love you and hope to see you again soon. Ed and Randye

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