Ashelin are bringing it all back home

THE CELTIC-influenced sound of Newfoundland folk music finds its way back across the Atlantic next week as Flowerfield welcomes the multi-talented Canadian family band Ashelin.

Ashelin is a band of five sisters - Cassy, Joesie, Kaliyan, Shaelin, and Thea – from Newfoundland, Canada. The sisters began singing and dancing to Newfoundland and Irish music as far back as they can remember, while learning to play a stunning variety of instruments.

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.

The band have been brought to Northern Ireland by Frontier Promotions, and are playing at Flowerfield as part of the Cultural Crossings Festival, celebrating Ulster Scots and Celtic traditions across the continents. The festival is being promoted by the Provost of the Coleraine campus, University of Ulster, in partnership with Causeway Coast Arts.

Since their first public performance in 1997, they have entertained thousands at a variety of high profile events. They have also showcased for Contact East, the Junos, and the ECMAs, and received numerous standing ovations at folk festivals across the Maritimes, including the Stan Rogers Folk Festival.

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, and features performances by the crème de la crème of East Coast talent. These five fresh talents, who can cast a spell over their audiences, are ready to take their place among the greatest talent Canada has produced.

Tickets for the show, on Wednesday, March 7, cost £10, which includes complimentary interval refreshments, and they’re available from reception at Flowerfield Arts Centre – call (028) 7083 1400 for details and bookings.