The award-winning and versatile Appalachian-indie-folk-roots-fusion musician Ash Devine was born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of Blacksburg, VA and Asheville, NC. Devine is known as one of the last ‘folk troubadours’. Devine is also known for her unique and complex finger-style ukulele and guitar picking and a captivating and rich vocal quality. In addition to producing several albums of original music and touring internationally for over 15 years, Ash has performed and studied along side Nobel peace prize nominee Patch Adams M.D., Heritage award winning ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, Grammy award nominee and folklorist David Holt, and a number of other renowned folklorists and internationally acclaimed musicians. Her versatile Appalachian folk revival-fusion sound is bursting with stylistic variety, relatable story, and historical facts. Her music is influenced in style by Traditional Appalachian, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jean Richie, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Maybelle Carter, Leslie Riddle, Ani Difranco, Kate Wolfe, Bob Dylan, and reggae/world music influences such as the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and west African traditional music.
Whats on the music menu?
Devine caters her music to the audience. Her diverse background and repertoire enables her to perform in a number of settings such as theaters, festivals, night clubs, breweries, cafes, house concerts, farmers markets, schools, museums, memory care homes, parties, and more. See the rest of Ash’s interesting and unique biography here.
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’s music has a classic folk sound without pretense, Devine is the real deal.” –Tret Fure (Award-winning songwriter and producer)
Original song written about the effects of the pandemic on a folk singer’s life, Somethin’ Outta Nothin’
“Ash Devine’s vocals whisper like an old timey back woods wind. ” Beth Simpson (producer)
Ash Devine, the Appalachian folk tradition, and 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 represented the Carter family sound. In 2018, Devine directed and co-produced A tribute to Carter Family and Women in Old Time at the White Horse Black Mountain, NC. In 2020, Devine developed a one woman show highlighting stories and songs from the Carter Family, and the origins and history of their music. Ash offers themed concerts featuring traditional Appalachian folk music 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 )
Ukulele workshops and private lessons 2021:
Ash Devine offers beginning and intermediate Ukulele Workshops and private lessons online for adults and youth.
To schedule a Uke workshop or lesson series, please contact Ash Devine at firstname.lastname@example.org