How Dorothy Ashby inspired me to find my own voice

I was asked to write some words about Dorothy Ashby, and her influence on me, re our forthcoming gig this Sunday 4th June @ Total Refreshment Centre “For me, there has been no other harp player like Dorothy Ashby who has shown the versatility and potential of the harp, and turned heads! I still find it interesting however when you mention her name, how many people holler a resounding YES!, whilst many others look blankly who's Dorothy?! In my opinion, Dorothy plays the harp like nobody else. She plays with a totally different feel and attack: it's not the notes she plays necessarily, but the way she plays. “Despite the harp being strongly perceived as a background or classical instrument whi

Special Show 4th June @Total Refreshment Centre, London We will be doing a very special TORI HANDSLEY TRIO gig on the 4th June at the Total Refreshment Centre. The 1st Set will pay tribute to the great DOROTHY ASHBY - RENOWNED HARPIST of the 60s and 70s - and my core inspiration for what I do. The 2nd Set will feature original compositions, as a taster before our release of our album. Featuring: Tori Handsley -harp Ruth Goller - bass Moses Boyd - drums Special guest Sahra Gure - vocals

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