sean ashby

sean ashby

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

If you've had a radio on today, you've heard Sean Ashby's guitar playing. He's been Sarah Mclachlan's guitarist since 1996, playing on many of her hits. As a solo artist, Ashby is an evocative, melodic songwriter, emotional singer, charismatic performer, and , of course, a monster guitar player!!

Biography

Chances are, if you’ve had a radio on today you’ve heard his guitar playing. As one of North America’s go-to guitarists, Sean Ashby has played and recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, Ginger (former Grapes Of Wrath),and many more. Ashby, formerly of Vancouver and now based in Toronto is a singer /songwriter/guitarist/producer who released his debut album “Brass and Gold” on Black Sparrow/Universal in April of 2008. Brass and Gold , Sean’s first solo outing after 10 years as leader of the award winning band Jack Tripper, was an eclectic record which showcased an impressive musical palette. The album received favorable reviews in important Canadian publications such as Exclaim magazine and the Vancouver Province, and received airplay on college radio and across the country on CBC radio.
McLachlan’s guitarist since 1996, Ashby has appeared with her on“Just Like You (Cats In The Cradle)” for D from Run DMC’s solo CD. Also with Sarah, he received two 4 x platinum US discs and one diamond Canadian disc for studio and live CD’s. He has appeared on the Grammy Awards twice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno five times, SNL and David Letterman three times, as well as other major TV shows. Sean’s guitar playing has appeared on CD’s with sales in excess of 10 million copies worldwide... so far.
When asked about his hopes for his solo future Sean says “ I am working at building an audience for my music, playing shows and improving as a songwriter and performer.” Since Brass and Gold’s release last year, Sean has been touring relentlessly, performing over 200 shows across Canada, and somehow squeezing in two tours with Delirium as well. He’s making new fans , and being asked to return everywhere he goes.
His new album "24 Hours of Daylight" , showcases Sean's guitar skills and earthy vocals on a new set of strong tunes with a rootsy bent. This record also features his amazing technique on lap steel guitar, a highlight of his live shows.
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Lyrics

Miss It Every Time

Written By: Sean Ashby


miss it every time

drivin' by the headlight beams
relentless rain
relentless memories

and the doors a jar
and my brains a vase
filled with the dried roses of yesterday

on and on and on it rolls
there's a message I cant find

you know i miss it every time

you said love was holy and
in your arms I am
just smart enough to stay

well love can make you whole
but if it leaves it shows
was it is loss , what is pain ,
what all those mirrors mean

love can tolerate the mass
of all your emptyness

but still I miss it every time

you know I miss it every time , every time , every time(repeat)

Brass And Gold

Written By: Sean Ashby

brass and gold

sometimes brass and sometimes gold
sometimes brass and sometimes gold

in 48 hours there will be no change
I settle for nothing or lose myself
and so it goes
and know one knows
and so it goes and know one knows

i listened to the radio
some love song

some times brass and sometimes gold
some times brass and sometimes gold

nothing could stop it nothing could
not right or wrong , blinded
it cast a spell , I feel it still
it cast a spell , the fever still

I listened to the stereo
some rock song

some times brass and sometimes gold
some times brass and sometimes gold

Nova Girl

Written By: Sean Ashby

nova girl

ooh ooh ooh (repeat)

hey nova girl do you see me
watchin' you pass from the street
cruisin down the west beach strip
never seen anyone ride in your passenger seat

how would I know
if your alone
all that you show
reflects of of mirrors and chrome

ooh ooh ooh
hey nova girl
ooh ooh ooh
hey nova girl
hey nova girl

hey nova girl i see you
pass thru my window frame
sun bleached green , muscle machine
roll down your window and
play us your summer suite

how would I know
if your alone
all that you show
reflects of of mirrors and chrome

how would I know
if your alone
all that you show
reflects of of mirrors and chrome

ooh ooh ooh
hey nova girl
ooh ooh ooh
hey nova girl
hey nova girl

ooh ooh ooh

Discography

Sean Ashby - Brass And Gold Jack Tripper - Jack TripperJack Tripper - Nine Easy PiecesSean Ashby- 24 Hours of Daylight(release Feb 2010)The jack tripper cd's have songs placed in about 20 north american tv shows and movies . as well as radio  and video playMiss it Everytime from Brass and Gold received extensive airplay on CBC and elsewhereall cd's are available on Itunes -CDBaby - Various music web sitesand www.seanashby.commyspace.com/seanashbymusic

Set List

mostly original material from his current and upcoming albums.  The show can vary in format : solo acoustic, solo with backing tracks, duo with upright bass., or trio.