With only her guitar Ashleigh creates a unique blend of music that is attracting both local and global attention.
Ashleigh is a completely independent artist . It was her strength as a live performer which caught the attention of the music industry. Consequently, she was invited to perform at the relaunch, in Australia, of The Rolling Stone Magazine where she was introduced as “unknown and unsigned” performing alongside Neil Finn, Powder finger and The Living End, to a packed Horden Pavillion.
Ashleigh has supported both national and international acts, including Toni Childs, Ron Sexsmith, Teitur, Luka Bloom, Robert Wells, Citizen Cope and Michael Franti. In 2009 she was showcased in Toronto, Canada and Ann Arbour US, supporting Fred Eaglesmith. Ashleigh has also recently showcased at the 2011 International Folk Alliance in Memphis.
Ashleigh has performed at many local festivals including Woodford, Peats Ridge, Festival of the Sun, The Rising Tide Festival, Uni of Canberra Stonefest, the Narooma Blues and Roots Festival , The Port Fairy Folk Festival and most recently The Queenscliff Music Festival, where Ashleigh was the highest seller of cds .
She has also performed extensively overseas including performances in the UK, France, Spain, Hawaii, and opening for MGMT at the Spider Club in LA and was invited to play at the prestigious Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, the direct result of a demo cd that made it’s way to Japan.
Magazine editor and columnist Mia Freedman’s article “The most exciting artist I’ve heard in forever……” best summarises the experience of witnessing Ashleigh play live:
There was one other performer. A girl I’d never heard of. I think she was about 20, she looked 15 and she didn’t even have a record label. Her name was Ashleigh Mannix and she blew everyone away. When she got up on the tiny, makeshift stage in bare feet, long blonde hair everywhere, a guitar strapped over one shoulder and long, hippi-ish clothes, I worried for her. …….people are rude and they talk instead of listening……. But when Ashleigh began to sing – just her and her acoustic guitar – the entire room stopped. It was electrifying and she captured everyone’s attention in a way even the other infinitely more experienced artists couldn’t quite do. She was delightful…..”