Appalachian Songstress, Teaching Artist, Community Program Designer, Performance Artist, Ash Devine

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.

See the tour dates here

Biography:

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

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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

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 bookashdevine@gmail.com

 


Comments

Appalachian Songstress, Teaching Artist, Community Program Designer, Performance Artist, Ash Devine — 11 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

  6. Listened to you last evening at Dogtown in Floyd, VA. Amazing voice and very versatile with the instruments. Like the audience participation as well.

  7. Ash….Thank you so much for sharing your talents with the residents of Warm Hearth Village. It was a most enjoyable evening. I hope that you can come back soon.

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