New England Celtic Arts will present acclaimed band of sisters, Ashelin, at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts in Unity, Maine on Thursday, August 9th at 7:30PM. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. For reservations, call (207) 948-7469. The UCCPA is located at 42 Depot Street in Unity.
Ashelin is a band of five sisters – Cassy, Joesie, Kaliyan, Shaelin, and Thea Plamer– from Newfoundland Canada. The sisters began singing and dancing to Newfoundland and Irish music while learning to play a stunning variety of instruments at a young age. Although they never expected this childhood passion for all things musical to be anything but family focused, the group was soon embarking on a musical journey that is now winning them attention and fans around the world.
Known for their sparkling vocals and intricate harmonies, Ashelin’s brand of folk roots and pop shines through their original songwriting and novel interpretations of traditional tunes. Since their first public performance in 1997, they have entertained thousands. Ashelin has showcased for Contact East, the JUNOs, the ECMAs, and has received numerous standing ovations at folk festivals across the Maritimes. Most recently they toured Ireland, followed by an extended stay at Dollywood in the spring of 2012.
Ashelin’s 2010 release “The Road Not Taken” was produced by Grammy Award winning producer/engineer George Massenburg and ECMA award winning producer/engineer Al Strickland. Ashelin’s original song “Song for Mariana” was a winner from over 600 contenders for David Suzuki’s “Playlist for the Planet,” a soon-to-be-released album that brings them together with some of Canada’s finest songwriters and performers. Other winners for this prestigious release include Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Broken Social Scene, k-os, Randy Bachman (with Sarah McLachlan and Nikki Yanofsky), Joel Plaskett, Great Big Sea, Johnny Reid, and RUSH.
Built from a one hundred year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, is a vibrant cultural and arts centre that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and other various events. For more information visit www.uccpa.unity.edu