Ashley Theberge

Ashley Theberge

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Ashley Theberge is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose folksy pop music is influenced by Feist and Joni Mitchell and Regina Spector. Currently based in Liverpool and backed by accordion, guitar, bass and drums; her feel-good acoustic music is sure to please.

Biography

Ashley Theberge; a Canadian singer/songwriter.
She travelled to Liverpool, UK in the fall of 2008 to study music at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).
Since then, she and her band have performed all over Liverpool and at the Bedford in London to amazed crowds.
Her quirky, folksy pop music is influenced by her jazz and classical background, honed for years in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.
With her warm and witty banter on stage, she welcomes the audience in and makes them feel right at home amongst her eclectic collection of tunes.
Backed by bass, accordion, drums and guitar, songs like ‘Ba Doo Day’ and ‘Iron and Wine’ display thought provoking lyrics and delightful melodies reminiscent of Fiona Apple, Joni Mitchell and Regina Spector.

Ashley was selected to perform in the Bedford Showcase in London in the fall of 2008. She also performed in both the Liverpool Sound City Festival and The 3rd Degree Festival in the Paul McCartney Auditorium in May 2009.

She has attended both Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), in the UK. She has earned an Honors Degree in Performing Arts, with a double major of song writing and performance.

Ashley has been busy this year writing, creating and co-producing her debut C.D. entitled “Ba Do Day”.
A lot of people ask what exactly ‘Ba Doo Day’ means. Well, it’s actually a nonsense word that Ashley invented while writing the title track off the Ba Doo Day album. It describes that amazing feeling that can’t quite be put into words when you’ve come through a hard time - a word to describe the feeling of the first glimpse of sunshine after months and months of rain. It is a word for the euphoria, happiness and growth that comes from overcoming difficult situations in life.

The album will be released in Canada this summer, and in the UK in the fall. Ba Doo Day is the perfect word to describe Ashley’s excitement at the release of this work.

The title track from the album “Ba Do Day” is currently available on iTunes. This track was also selected to be on “The Best of the 3rd Degree” iTunes release.

“Tie Up Your Shoes” was chosen for the latest “Song Link” album in the UK. She finished her academic career at LIPA with a private songwriting lesson with the illustrious Sir Paul McCartney, which was an amazing and life-changing moment for her.

Ashley will be performing throughout the UK this coming fall, to follow up the release of her debut album, “Ba Do Day”. Performance dates and venues will be available on Ashley’s website (www.ashleytheberge.com), which will open early September 2009.

Check out her myspace at:
www.myspace.com/ashleytheberge

Lyrics

Ba Doo Day

Written By: Ashley Theberge

That year the spring came a little bit early
I set my clocks ahead, lost an hour and my head
Put my mitts away, my tuque, my scarves
Feeling as naked as the birds, walked into the world

Ba Doo Day

I still remember your banana-yellow bleach-blonde hair
Dark brown five o'clock shadow felt like steel cut oats
You liked to feel superior
Took all your insecurities, poured them out into me
So you could be free

Ba Doo Day

It took so long to stop thinking about you
You'll have to find a new head to make a bed in
I set that clock ahead, you were shot dead
You were shot dead

Ba Doo Day

This year I'm walking with brand new joy
No more room for loiterers anymore
Jumping in puddles I don't mind the dirty splash
Air is smelling sweet again

Ba Doo Day

Bicycles

Written By: Ashley Theberge

Verse 1:
You and I ride bicycles in the summertime
You were so surprised that I hadn't ridden since Junior High
First Ride kinda rough,
Black pavement steaming in the sun
I couldn't bear one more hill,
You smiled and said
We're almost there

Verse2:
Our love took off like a hot air balloon
In a clear blue sky
You'd bake me apple pie,
Forbidden Fruit swollen in the tree
in your parents' backyard
And we sit on the prickly grass in the park
Eating those sweet tarts

Pre-Chorus:
We've shared such good times, darlin'
And the bad times that come along with the ride

Chorus:
Still sit out in the sunshine
Drinking warm red wine
Singing please be mine
Always
Still sit out in the sunshine
Wasting time holding hands
While we sit making plans
Always

Verse:
You never laugh at the movies
You hardly laugh at all
Muffled chuckles
Still you had a ball
I laugh so loud it echoes
People stare wherever we go
You smile along taking it easy
Taking it slow

Pre-chorus
Chorus

Lover Stay

Written By: Ashley Theberge

Lover Stay
Verse 1 – A
Lover stay awhile with me
The world’s too busy for midnight dreamers with fantasies
Lover stay awhile with me
I’ll make you laugh, I’ll make you cry, I’ll make you smile
Verse 2 – A
Lover, morning comes too soon
Every night when I’m with you
Love, morning comes too soon
I’ll close my eyes just stay awhile
Chorus – B
Come back, Come back, Come back to me
Or at least stay a little longer while I sleep
Come back, Come back, Come back to me
Cause we were happy
Yes, we were happy
Verse 3 – A
Lover, come back to me
Cause that IV it didn’t look right
Love, come back to me
Open your eyes just one last time
Chorus – B
Verse 4 – A
Lover, come back to me
Cause this old house is just too empty
Love, come back to me
You made me laugh, you made me cry, you made me smile
Chorus – B
Come back, Come back, Come back to me
Or at least stay a little longer while I sleep
Come back, Come back, Come back to me
Cause we were happy
Yes, we were happy

©copyright.2008.AshleyTheberge

Tie Up Your Shoes

Written By: Ashley Theberge

Hey let me tie up your shoes
I'll make the prettiest little bows
on your toes
Cause I can't stand to see you looking so blue, darling
Let me see the sparkle in your eyes when you smile

I'll pick up all your sorrows in my bright red wheelbarrow
Roll them far away from here
So, don't you cry no more, love
I'm right here holding your hand
I'm not going anywhere

I'm always so easily distracted by shiny moving objects on the TV screen
Can't hold up conversation
Can't get myself in motion
Wasting away in the land of fantasy and make-believe

Let me stay awhile with you on the cold tile floor
Remind me what is true and what is make-believe

I'll pick up all your sorrows in my bright red wheelbarrow
Roll them far away from here
So, don't you cry no more, love
I'm right here holding your hand
I'm not going anywhere

Hey let me tie up your shoes
I'll make the prettiest little bows on your toes
Cause I can't stand to see you
Looking so blue, darling
Let me see the sparkle in your eyes
When you smile

Discography

Ba Doo Day:
Debut Album available August 2009

Ba Doo Day (song):
Best of 3rd Degree compilation CD available on iTunes

Tie Up Your Shoes: Songlink summer 2009 release - Gold Songs

Set List

Typical Set List:
Iron & Wine
Cherry Orchard
Lover Stay
Catch and Release
This Year
Tie Up Your Shoes
Ba Doo Day

List of songs:
Iron & Wine
Cherry Orchard
Lover Stay
Catch and Release
This Year
Tie Up Your Shoes
Ba Doo Day
Change the Weather
Smokey Breath
Balloon String
Bicycles

I can do two 45 minutes sets.

I am happy to take songs from my repertoire or learn new ones if required.
Typical Cover repertoire:
I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Bob Dylan
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mithcell
Help Me - Joni Mitchell
The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines - Joni Mitchell
Out in the Park - Sarah Slean
My Funny Valentine
Dindi - Jobim
The House that Jack Built - Aretha Franklin
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Hallelujah I Just Love Her So - Ray Charles
Mushaboom - Feist
Knockin on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Let it Be - The Beatles
1234 - Feist