Ash Devine:Singer-Songwriter, Folk Musician, Teaching Artist, Community Program Designer
“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)
Award-winning Americana-folk singer-songwriter, traditional Appalachian musician, multi-instrumentalist and teaching artist 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-Appalachian fusion music and is currently working on her third.
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 join in song.
Originally from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, Devine is based in the Western North Carolina region near Asheville, NC. Ash’s music and work as a teaching artist is influenced by her international travels with activist M.D.Patch Adams, and her upbringing in southern Appalachia.
From 2007 to 2014 Ash Devine traveled internationally with activist Patch Adams, M.D. to perform in medical facilities, orphanages, social service centers, and nursing homes. Inspired by Patch, Ash designs and facilitates therapeutic Interactive Music Programs in retirement communities, homes for disabled persons, and other care settings.
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.
In 2017, Devine recieved a graduate degree in Gerontology from Appalachian state University, with aim to deepen her ability to provide meaningful music programming for older adults, and intergenerational groups. The “adult day community folk choir” designed and directed by Ash Devine, included 20 older adult participants with various levels of memory loss and dementia related conditions.
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, adult day care centers and community based events.
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.
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
Ash Devine plays Maybelle Carter
In 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
Below is a video from the show “Tribute to the Carter Family and Women in Old Time”, produced and directed by Ash Devine, 2019
” Ash Devine was channeling Maybelle Carter.”-Minnie Powell (Musician )
Ukulele Workshops Winter 2020:
Ash Devine offers beginning and intermediate Ukulele Workshops. To schedule a Uke workshop, please contact Ash Devine at email@example.com