But Ash, just twenty and from Elk Rapids, is here now. And we get to watch and listen as she makes these first forays into performing, sometimes with an able band of cohorts. She's no amateur and seems quite confident in this cool, avian niche of hers. She sang and sang that night two good sets of interesting material, a mix of standards and her own interesting, clever songs. Everyone laughed when she broke into a "mouth trumpet" solo.
I bought two copies of her homespun four-song demo CD. The packaging is just brown paper sewed with green thread and adorned with a picture of cranes sunning themselves on a dock. It was recorded in a house on Catherine Street last May, and you can hear the creaking of the floors and the roomness of the room. I like it a lot and wish it were longer.
And Anna Ash, says the tiny slip of paper that serves as the liner notes, is responsible for the "banjo, vocals, mouth trumpet, and bird thoughts."
Anna Ash is at the Crazy Wisdom Tea Room on Saturday, February 2.
[Review published February 2008]