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Ashley Maher, from LA, shows in Boston, New Haven, New York

Years ago, geoffroi played some music by Ashley Maher for me, and I immediately wrote her to ask that she send a CD to WBRS. She did that, and I played it on several shows and pointed it out to other DJs. Now's my chance to finally see her live!

Part folk singer-songwriter, part world music, she studied African drumming with Ghanaian master drummer C.K. Ladzekpo, lived in London for a while seeking out African musicians, and has appeared as a backing vocalist on albums by Youssou N'Dour and Afro Celt Sound System. Her own most recent album, The Blessed Rain, features some west African musicians. She has combined African music into a singer-songwriter core in a way that feels, to me, similar what what Liza of Zuba did with funk, or the way Kris Delmhorst is working with oldtime. In Ahsley Maher's case, the result has a rhythmic and sometimes newagey feel as well. I saw a review of her mention Peter Gabriel and the parallel clicked, though her music is very different from his. I would also have invoked Joni Mitchell as an analogy for another side of Ashley Maher's music.

Ashley is flying out from her home in Los Angeles, to do a few shows around here. Jeff tells me she's going to be accompanied by her guitar player on this little tour. This Friday evening she's playing at geoffroi's Yale House Concert series. Then on Sunday afternoon she's playing another house concert, smoemeth and wojsvenwoj's House O'Muzak in New Haven, CT. That evening, she's got a show at CB's Gallery in New York.
    Friday, April 23
    Yale House Concerts, Wakefield, MA
    Join us at 8pm for snacks and drinks
    Mail yhc@smoe.org for reservations and directions
    The suggested donation is $10, which all goes to the performer.

    Sunday, April 25th
    Live at The House O'Muzak Concert Series, New Haven, CT
    2pm, all ages, $10, which all goes to the performer
    RSVP for reservations and directions: 203-776-9325 or meth@smoe.org
    capacity: 25
    http://muzak.smoe.org/

    Sunday, April 25th
    CB's Gallery, 313 Bowery, New York
    8pm, $5
    212-677-0455
    http://www.cbgb.com/
You can hear some sound samples of Ashley Maher's music at her web site, and there are also some sound samples on the CD Baby page for The Blessed Rain.

[ Edit: Jeff adds that Ashley is also playing a 1/2 hour set at an open mic tomorrow: Thursday, April 22, 7pm, Mulligan's Taverne, 121 W. Main St.(Route 30), Westborough MA 01581, 508-366-0207 ]
Tags: african, ashley maher, cbgb, house concert, new haven, nyc, yhc
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