Ashby Run is a Northern Virginia bluegrass band with driving rhythm. Located in Winchester VA, the band and its members have performed at a variety of venues including company picnics, pig roasts, anniversary - birthday - graduation parties, wedding receptions, public concerts, and wine and Bluegrass festivals. We know the importance of reliability and professionalism and strive for that with each gig. The extensive repertoire of music can be easily adapted to accommodate the clients' needs. Their repertoire spans traditional and progressive bluegrass to classic country. As well as vocal selections the band has a substantial set of instrumentals that are fast-paced and foot-tapping, resulting in audience participation and interaction. The charismatic makeup of the band's members brings a friendly and enjoyable relationship not only with the client but with audience. Want a band that can accommodate your demanding requirements? Please contact us for a quote or your questions and begin an enjoyable experience.
Bill Johnson --
Bill has been performing and enjoying bluegrass music for nearly 30 years. He has played with several local bands and has extensive experience in entertaining the public. Bill sings lead and harmony on many of the bluegrass favorites and plays mandolin on instrumentals including "fiddle tunes" and numerous banjo selections. Some of the "crossover" tunes that Bill performs are: "Riding My Thumb To Mexico", "I've Got Stripes" and "Friday Night Blues" to mention a few. He has performed at many of the local wineries, community festivals, Bluemont Concert Series, Marriott Ranch and Arlie Conference Center events. Bill also donates a lot of his time entertaining residents of local nursing homes, assisted living centers, Ruritan Clubs and participating in annual Fire Department fund raisers.
Carol Manuel --
Carol started playing bass in 1998 and has not put it down since. The Bluegrass community showed her the heart and soul of the Bluegrass/Gospel bass. Carol has played Upright Bass for a variety of bands including the Gospel Keys, Narrow Passage and Doug Jimmerson (Tenor, Civil War Music). Carol derives great joy from playing the bass.
Wade Manuel --
Wade comes from a background of Country and Bluegrass music as his father (Bill) has been performed Country and Bluegrass music for over 50 years. Wade first picked up a guitar in Vietnam (1972) and detoured for a while playing "Rock n Roll" rhythm guitar. In 1997, Wade bought his first mandolin and returned to his "roots" and has been playing Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel ever since. Wade is a former member of the Bluegrass Gospel band "Narrow Passage" and is one of the founding members of The Gospel Keys, which formed in 1999 to perform Good Old-Time Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Music. Bluegrass Rules!
Bill Johnson (Mandolin and Vocals),
Carol Manuel (Upright Bass),
Wade Manuel (Guitar and Vocals)