Kansas native Ashley Davis musical career started with her playing live at the age of fourteen at venues across the midwest and then moved south to Nashville for her undergraduate studies in Irish, British and Latin literary studies encased in music electives, her love and understanding of Celtic music and culture blossomed and she continued to perform solo in Nashville including gigs at the legendary Bluebird Café. Moving to Limerick to study at the University (where her father was a guest lecturer) she was introduced to the Irish World Music Centre and went on to to earn her Masters – graduating with an MA in Traditional Irish Singing she was then selected to be the soloist for the Las Vegas premier of Michael Flatley’s famed Lord of the Dance where she spent a year with the show before moving on to develop her solo career from her home bases in New York City and Lawrence, Kansas, performing locally and creating original music for a number of films. Then in 2006 the well-travelled artist relocated to the Isle of Man as an Artist in Residence – capturing and recording the native Manx language and later sharing the knowledge gained during this period presenting lectures on Manx language, music and history at colleges and universities back in her native country.
On this album Ashley Davis has crafted a beautiful album of celtic-folk music, sung primarily in English and though my understanding of Gaelic is non-existence the shear beauty of the vocal and flawless instrumentation more than compensates my knowledge gap on one of the albums highlights I Follow You (Leanaim Thú), the album is a collaborative one with a number of notable guest performances from both Irish and American artists coming together including the “first lady of Celtic music,” Moya Brennan, who sings on Beside You Near, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek on the albums opening track His Bride I’ll Be, John Doyle plays guitar on an interpretation of traditional folk song Barbara Allen there are also contributions from US celtic fiddle player Eileen Ivers and Cormac De Barra on harp,
I Follow You (Leanaim-Thú) – Featuring Cormac De Barra