Denman Island singer/songwriter, Ashlea Jonesmith and her bass-wielding companion, Oliver Wives will be making their way to John Ward Fine Coffee on Wednesday, June 6. Having released a new EP this past December, and now in the midst of a fit of song ideas, the duo is looking forward to taking their new material on the road.
Originally from rural Ontario, the pair met and began playing music together in Nelson. After a move back east followed by a tour out west, they ended up settling on Denman Island where Wives’ parents live. From there Jonesmith and Wives have taken off on several mini-tours; this has proven to be an excellent way of exploring their new home province while getting the music out to its listeners. From major music festivals to fundraiser-talent-shows on their home island, their live performances reach the senses of anyone wanting to sit, stand or dance for a while and listen to their original blend of Folk, Americana, County and Blues.
Together Jonesmith and Wives perform a collection of original tunes that range from feisty, attitude-rich folk-blues songs to heart-wrenching ballads full of haunting harmonies and meaningful themes.