Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie – sweet and nutty – Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. Growing up on everything from old-time country to folk, blues and southern rock, her music resonates. Her folk-country sound has been likened to artists Anne Murray and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
The success of her 2007 EP I’ve Got This Feeling garnered the attention of Ontario native and ECMA-nominated producer and musician Joel Hunt (Teresa Ennis, Old Man Leudecke). The two joined creative forces for Ashley’s debut, full-length album Come In From The Cold, released on June 15, 2010. The record features award-winning instrumentalist Dale Murray (Cuff The Duke) on pedal steel and electric guitar and Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) on mandolin, bass and harmonica. Since its release in 2010, Come In From The Cold has been nominated for a 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award, a 2011 East Coast Music Award and has earned the rising star two 2012 Music PEI Awards for “New Artist Of The Year” and the “Lynn Grishko Memorial Bursary”.
With over fifteen years of stage experience, and a degree in Theatre Studies from the joint Theatre Studies program at U of T and Sheridan College, she has honed her natural ability to take a piece of music and bring it alive. Her songs and humorous stories make for a live show that appeals to all. It’s not uncommon for her to have a whole room full of people singing and laughing along with her performance; a testament to her strength as both a songwriter and entertainer.
CITY: Murray Harbour North