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Fermilab Art Series presents:
Ashley Lewis & Ashton Gap

July 11, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Tickets - $16/$8 for ages 18 and under
www.ashtongap.com

"Young protégé, mandolinist Ashley Lewis, shares the passion for Appalachia. Though she hails from Sandwich, Lewis holds close her family's Kentucky roots. Adding a modern zest to a traditional sound whenever she plays with her band, Ashton Gap, she's comfortable crooning the bluegrass standards as well as penning powerful original songs." - ArtsStage, WTTW, Channel 11

Ashton Gap, fronted by Ashley Lewis, is an energetic and riveting band with an innovating approach to all facets of bluegrass music. The group, founded in 2002, provides the combined effects of pure vocals, smooth harmonies and acoustic instruments, including mandolin, fiddle, guitar bass and banjo, blend to create that inspiring bluegrass sound. Don’t miss this rising star with her outstanding ensemble when they perform at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium on Saturday, July 11, 2009.

Ashley is a seven-time recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Award for bluegrass mandolin, and has been recognized by the council as an accomplished music who is preserving the heritage and art of bluegrass mandolin. Received worldwide recognition, she has performed locally on the WTTW/PBS program Arts Across Illinois on CenterStage Chicago.

Ashley is featured singing sweet, clear leads, and smooth harmonies on her original songs as well as on many bluegrass standards. Her dynamic mandolin playing delivers a powerful bluegrass sound. By blending a variety of styles & techniques along with her own innovative zest, Ashley has developed her unique sound that is true to the traditional roots of bluegrass with a fresh original flair. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Andy Hatfield adds his many talents to the band creating a beautiful blend of unsurpassed leads, tight harmonies, and fiery guitar solos. Teresa Fry adds a vivacious spice to the group with her multi-talented upright bass, rhythm guitar and spirited vocals. She has many years of solid touring experience in a variety of different genres including blues and jazz influences. Doug Knecht, renowned musician, has toured worldwide with bluegrass bands and now adds his own creative style to Ashton Gap.

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http://www.ashtongap.com includes audio samples.

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