Magic Is Just Around The Corner

Feet UpHello Friends! I can’t even believe we are half way through summer already. A good cue for me to send out a note to let you know what I’ve been up to for the past little while and the exciting things ahead. It’s been a busy few months fromThe Small Halls Festival on PEI to The Acoustic Maritime Music Festival in Kempt Shore, NS where I shared stages with people like David Myles, Murray McLaughlan and Maritime legends Matt Minglewood & Sam Moon. I was all nervous about sitting next to Matt and was trying to compliment him but ended up putting my foot in my mouth when I said: “Yah, my MOM really loved your music” haha!  I am now thoroughly enjoying a little time at home for the month of August. It’s a rare and delicious treat to get to put my feet up and take in a beautiful PEI summer in the slow kinda way (in my new screened in porch of course). The soft summer breezes have been inspiring lots of new songs which is wonderful as I prepare to record my third album (details TBA).  Beach WritingI’ve been learning to play the mandolin also which has been really fun and a great way to stretch out of my comfort zone and inspire new styles of writing (move over Bill Munroe). The best part of playing the mandolin is that I can carry it right ON the air plane with no questions asked. I’m contemplating giving up the guitar to make my travel life a bit easier 😉 Check it out below.

Here I’m playing at The Ontario Celebration Zone/Harbourfront Center representing PEI at The Pan Am Games in July with fellow Islanders Meaghan Blanchard & Catherine MacLelland (a.k.a The Eastern Belles). Meaghan, Catherine and I have been doing some writing together and have been really enjoying the power of three females voices coming together in song (check out our video for “Bend A Little” in my news feed).

Mando Ash

The past year has been all about collaborations, co-writes and stepping outside of my own musical box. It’s important for me to do this every once and awhile to keep growing as an artist (and human being). Every year of my thirties I have been making a commitment to one specific  goal. Last year it was to learn french (didn’t QUITE get there yet), the year before was to spend more time listening to my body’s needs and being easier on myself. This year was about creating and nurturing something in my community. The older I get the more I realize how important it is to reach out to support and be supported by those around you.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love EVERYDAY! It truly is a beautiful life full of magic that’s always just around the corner.  Campfire