Originally from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, Devine is based in the Western North Carolina region near Asheville, NC. Ashâ€™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 and the Gesundheit! Institute, 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 â€œEsley: The Life and Music of Leslie Riddleâ€. 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 received a graduate certificate in Gerontology from Appalachian state University, with aim to deepen her ability to provide meaningful music programming for older adults, and inter-generational groups. The â€œadult day community folk choirâ€ 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.
Ashâ€™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.