Jim and Ashley Cash, a musical duo and founders of the local band, Woven Green, speak softly and kindly. They don’t raise voices or get overly excited. As a clearly happy married couple, they’re quick to laugh, complement each others thoughts and carefully weigh their words before speaking.
As one might expect, this is reflected in their musical partnership, which is a thoughtful, eclectic blend of folk, world music, rock and funk. And while they have a dedicated, multi-generational following for their rock music, which leans classic, they’re unplugging their amps and electric guitars for one night to let their music and lyrics seep through.
“We have a lot of fans who enjoy our rock music, but we want to give people a chance to listen to our music in a different way. Being unplugged gives a different context,” says Jim Cash.
Jim and Ashley Cash will appear with area songwriters Bob Sima, Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers at Leesburg’s Tally Ho Theater on Saturday, April 26.
The couple believes people are hungering for a positive message these days. They envisioned a show that’s pared back so fans can enjoy the performers’ lyrics and music at a lowered volume. Their hope is this will allow the positive messages and spirituality of the bands’ songs to edge forward.
“We want this show to provide some calmness in what feels like a dark time,” says Jim Cash. “We think there’s a spiritual message in our songs and we’d like to bring that element of being reflective out a little more.”
Jim and Ashley Cash met while students at George Mason University. Although both were musicians, and anthropology majors, they somehow managed to not meet until their senior year. Once they did, they felt an immediate connection. They shared a mutual love of nature and the outdoors, both of which inform their music.
Ashley Cash has been around music her entire life. By the age of 14 she was playing guitar and singing in coffee shops. Jim Cash was a late bloomer and didn’t pick up a guitar until he was 18. By the time they met, though, both were confident in their abilities and discovered their musical personalities complemented one another.
They’ve been together ever since.
In addition to being full-time musicians, they also own Potomac Falls Music, a production company which doubles as a studio providing musical instruction. They launched Woven Green in 2009 and released an album that drew the attention of the D.C. music scene, as well as a positive review in the music magazine, Relix. They began touring the mid-Atlantic region building a devoted following and connecting with other independent musicians.They began to cross paths with fellow singer songwriters Bob Sima, and Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers.
Sima, a singer-songwriter from Annapolis, Md., is known for his thoughtful lyrics. He tours nationally, regularly playing coffee houses, house concerts and musical festivals. The positive nature of his songs have led some to call him “Eckhart Tolle with a guitar.” Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers, also a musical duo with a folk music sound and a story-telling, lyrical bent, are recognized for their onstage warmth and humor.
“We like networking with like-minded musicians. The message in our music is positive and progressive thinking and we're all trying to emerge as a beacon of light,” says Jim Cash. “This will be a unique, first-time show about expanding the heart. We’re excited.”
While Jim and Ashley Cash stress they want people to come out to enjoy the positive, life-affirming night of acoustic music, they intend to show everyone a great time, too.
“Our goal is to get a grandma and a little kid dancing together,” they say, laughing.
If you go:
Acoustic Night with Woven Green, Bob Sima, Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers
Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
Tally Ho Theatre, Leesburg
For tickets, visit http://www.tallyholeesburg.com