Sean Ashy (pictured) and Justine Bennett are coming soon to the Silverton Gallery stage.

Sean Ashy (pictured) and Justine Bennett are coming soon to the Silverton Gallery stage.

Phenomenal musical line up at the Silverton Gallery

Two musicians bring two weekends of songs and enjoyment to Silverton.

Ashby comes back for more

Sean Ashby, lead guitarist with Canadian super star Sarah McLachlan for 12 years, is one of the Canadian music industry’s top guitarists. He has released three solo albums, the latest being Fantastico. Sean plays lead guitar in bands Jack Tripper and Delerium, and has backed well-known singers such as Rita Chiarelli, Mae Moore and Sue Medley.

If you love guitar and the blues and rock genres, Sean Ashby’s show is a must see. Sean uses six different guitars on stage, including his “lap steel,” similar to a dobro, which he plays with amazing skill.

He describes his performance as a “singer-songwriter, guitar-guy show” and his musical style as “twang and slide – heavy on the twang.” He plays his own material plus covers of Motown and Rockabilly tunes, some country classics, and even old surfer tunes using a hollowed out Gretsch guitar.

Originally from Ontario where he had his formal musical training, Sean was based in Vancouver for many years and now calls Winnipeg home. He spends half of the year touring solo throughout Canada and the U.S. playing large and small halls and clubs. He includes out of the way places such as the Slocan Valley on his tours. This will be Ashby’s third concert at the Silverton Gallery, Friday, August 23, 7:30 p.m. ($12.00 at the door). More at www.seanashby.com

Bennett returns to roots with music

Raised in Silverton, Justine Bennett was already impressing local audiences by the time she was five years old. Justine is a talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Los Angeles is now home for Justine and affords her the chance to pursue music full time. Justine’s songwriting is so outstanding that her original songs are now featured on many popular T.V. shows including the CW’s “One Tree Hill” and ABC’s “Pretty Little Liars.”

Justine is a mesmerizing performer: most recently, she starred as Joan Baez in the LA Times’ critically acclaimed folk musical “Lonesome Traveler.” Justine has released three original EPs and has a full-length album titled “Orchards” due out this fall.

Her accolades include working as a studio session singer on dozens of artists’ albums and for producers including the legendary Grammy award winning Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson, Alanis Morrisette), lending her vocals to the latest Cover Girl commercial.

Come share an intimate evening of music in her absolutely favourite venue, the Silverton Gallery! An intimate evening with singer, songwriter Justine Bennett at the Silverton Gallery on Friday, August 30 starts at 8 p.m., and will cost you $12 at the door. More at www.justinebennett.com