The brainchild of Scottish-Canadian visionary Jason Wilson (Wilson & Swarbrick), Ashara presents a joyful blend of Scottish folk, global roots and reggae – it’s where Scotland meets Jamaica in Canada! Wilson, who provides vocals, acoustic guitar and piano, is joined by legendary Jamaican-Canadian guitarist Carl Harvey (Toots & The Maytals), and Wilson band members, saxophonist Marcus Ali, vocalist Laurel Tubman, drummer Vince Reel and bassist Michael Shapinko.
Ashara comes with a rotating cast of award-winning Scottish trad musicians, including: noted fiddler Jack Smedley (Rura), the great Highland piper Ali Hutton (Old Blind Dogs) and feted accordionist John Somerville (Treacherous Orchestra). The featured special guest is the fabulous Scottish-based Jamaican songstress Subrina (Ibrina) Ward who has herself brought together the musical worlds of Scotland and Jamaica.
Scotland January 2023