Up-and-coming songwriter, Ashley Storrow’s radiant voice and thoughtfully crafted songs have quickly grabbed listeners’ attention. She began writing as a child on a farm in Western Massachusetts with a hay wagon as the stage and sheep for an audience. She has since expanded her following, ranking #2 on Reverbnation’s folk music chart in Maine, and she has shared the stage with Putnam Smith at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and One Longfellow Square (2016). Ashley released her debut CD the “Bear and the Bird” in July 2016. According to the Portland Press Herald, “The Bear and the Bird” is full of tender, poetic songs that will provoke thought, optimistic smiles and even a misty eye.” Ashley’s warmth and honesty draw you in and invite you to feel the same.
“The Bear and The Bird,” Ashley’s debut record, is a distillation of 20 years of ideas scrapped on the back of journals, textbooks, and phone recordings. The 12 songs explore tensions between living a life of responsibility vs. freedom and simplicity vs. impact as well as age old stories of love and death. “Sweet Matilda” tells the story of 1950’s housewife that breaks through the chains of social graces to explore her personal freedom. “Wild Wind” captures the moment one has to choose between escaping a crumbling society and going back to try to fix it. The title track, “The Bear and The Bird” is metaphor for the tension in human relationships. The song depicts two animals from distinct worlds- one built to fly and the other to stay grounded- who have tragically fallen in love and are trying to find a meeting place to coexist. The songs range from bold and rich, catchy and upbeat, to soft and contemplative.
Ashley is joined by many celebrated musicians on this record including April Reed-Cox on cello, Nate Martin on upright bass, Emma Stanley on trumpet, Putnam Smith on guitar and vocal harmonies, Jud Caswell on 12 string guitar, and Charles Lester on percussion. The disc was produced by Jud Caswell and Ashley Storrow and recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jud Caswell at Froghollow Studios in Brunswick, ME. Original artwork was designed by Jamie Andrew and photos were taken by Brenden Bullock.
My mission is to write songs that respond to life emotionally as a young woman, a public servant, a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a human being with a voice.
“We all have a voice. We have the responsibility to exercise it, to use it.”