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
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
” 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 !