Ashby Run is a Northern Virginia bluegrass band with driving rhythm. Located in Winchester VA, the band and its members have performed at a variety of venues including company picnics, pig roasts, anniversary - birthday - graduation parties, wedding receptions, public concerts, and wine and Bluegrass festivals. We know the importance of reliability and professionalism and strive for that with each gig. The extensive repertoire of music can be easily adapted to accommodate the clients' needs. Their repertoire spans traditional and progressive bluegrass to classic country.
We absolutely couldn't have asked for better performers for the party. We so hope to have Ashby Run perform for another event for us in the future. Our guests told us over and over how much they enjoyed the music.
We had a 40-person family birthday party and Ashby Run provided the feel-good toe-tapping energy we were looking for at a reasonable price. They were on time, flexible, easy to work with, and did everything they said they would do.
To get a little more analytical (for anyone who wants another layer of info to consider), we had them perform without a sound system, as the event was indoors and we didn't want to overwhelm the space with sound. With that setup, the sound was still substantial, but it also allowed for conversation. Musically, they seem to be at their best when playing up-tempo instrumental numbers. They sing on key and with good harmony as well, but it doesn't seem like singing isn't as much of a focal point of what they do, and without amplification, it's simply harder for vocals to carry and penetrate through the instrumental sound. Overall, the group gave us just what we had hoped for and we would highly recommend using them.
Response from Ashby Run:
Thank so much for taking the time to post a review. You nailed it with the details of what we try to provide. It means all that much more knowing you and your family have such a musical background.
It was an honor to play for your mother's birthday.
We had Ashby Run perform twice at our resort during the week of 4th of July and were so happy with them, that we've already booked them for another performance in 2017! Their performance was wonderful. The adults could relax and enjoy the music while the children had a blast dancing around. I would highly recommend them for any event!
I hired Ashby Run as a surprise activity for a joint bachelor/bachelorette party in WV. It was the absolute highlight of the weekend and I would highly recommend them! Lovely folks, great music, and everyone was dancing by the end.
Response from Ashby Run:
Thank you for booking Ashby Run. It was great fun pickin with everyone dancing and having fun.
It means a lot to us when a someone takes the time to post a review.
Wishing the bride and groom the best.
Until next time.
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Gig Length: 60 - 190 minutes
What to Expect
Ashby Run is a Northern Virginia bluegrass band with driving rhythm. Located in Winchester VA, the band and its members have performed at a variety of venues including company picnics, pig roasts, anniversary - birthday - graduation parties, wedding receptions, public concerts, and wine and Bluegrass festivals. We know the importance of reliability and professionalism and strive for that with each gig. The extensive repertoire of music can be easily adapted to accommodate the clients' needs. Their repertoire spans traditional and progressive bluegrass to classic country. As well as vocal selections the band has a substantial set of instrumentals that are fast-paced and foot-tapping, resulting in audience participation and interaction. The charismatic makeup of the band's members brings a friendly and enjoyable relationship not only with the client but with audience. Want a band that can accommodate your demanding requirements? Please contact us for a quote or your questions and begin an enjoyable experience.
Bill Johnson --
Bill has been performing and enjoying bluegrass music for nearly 30 years. He has played with several local bands and has extensive experience in entertaining the public. Bill sings lead and harmony on many of the bluegrass favorites and plays mandolin on instrumentals including "fiddle tunes" and numerous banjo selections. Some of the "crossover" tunes that Bill performs are: "Riding My Thumb To Mexico", "I've Got Stripes" and "Friday Night Blues" to mention a few. He has performed at many of the local wineries, community festivals, Bluemont Concert Series, Marriott Ranch and Arlie Conference Center events. Bill also donates a lot of his time entertaining residents of local nursing homes, assisted living centers, Ruritan Clubs and participating in annual Fire Department fund raisers.
Carol Manuel --
Carol started playing bass in 1998 and has not put it down since. The Bluegrass community showed her the heart and soul of the Bluegrass/Gospel bass. Carol has played Upright Bass for a variety of bands including the Gospel Keys, Narrow Passage and Doug Jimmerson (Tenor, Civil War Music). Carol derives great joy from playing the bass.
Wade Manuel --
Wade comes from a background of Country and Bluegrass music as his father (Bill) has been performed Country and Bluegrass music for over 50 years. Wade first picked up a guitar in Vietnam (1972) and detoured for a while playing "Rock n Roll" rhythm guitar. In 1997, Wade bought his first mandolin and returned to his "roots" and has been playing Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel ever since. Wade is a former member of the Bluegrass Gospel band "Narrow Passage" and is one of the founding members of The Gospel Keys, which formed in 1999 to perform Good Old-Time Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Music. Bluegrass Rules!
Additional Booking Notes
We provide our own sound equipment for most events.
Of course we love just playing acoustically in the Bluegrass too.
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 26, 2018 • 4:30pm - 7:30pm||House Party|
Past Booked Events
|November 12, 2016 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Product Promotion|
|November 05, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 25, 2016 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Bachelorette Party|
Sunny Side of the Mountain - Jimmy Martin
Head Over Heels - Flatts and Scruggs
Coal Tattoo - Johnny Staats
Friday Night Blues - Merle Haggard
Riding My Thumb to Mexico - Johnny Rodriguez
Little Maggie - Ralph Stanley
I Know You Rider - Seldom Seen
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