2016 saw Ashton Lane perform at the famous Country 2 Country festival in London, as well as receiving nominations in two categories at this year’s BCMAs (British Country Music Awards) for best duo and best song. They also played an impressive set at McEwan’s Party At The Palace in August, and toured extensively round Europe in October and November 2016. Their most recent album Nashville Heart received five star reviews.
Ashton Lane kick off 2017 with a string of UK dates and they are returning to Germany and Denmark by the spring for another tour.
The band has a romantic back-story and come from fine musical stock. Ashton Lane are husband and wife duo, Esther and Tim O’Connor and they are part of a new wave of homegrown modern country music originating in the UK.
Esther’s musical heritage however spans right back to her childhood. She remembers being out on tour at only five years of age with Elton John on his US tour accompanying her Dad’s band Wet Wet Wet. Graham Duffin often accompanies Ashton Lane as a guest band member and will be playing with Tim and Esther on this Millport date.
“The excitement of the live shows and a love of travelling got under my skin very early” says O’Connor. “I loved everything from the hotels, to turning up at the venues for sound checks …and the catering. It was all great fun from start to finish, and I definitely got bitten by the bug!” It’s so nice to have Dad join us at our gigs now. It really is a family affair and it’s a privilege to perform together, doing what we love… playing great music.”
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What others are saying about Ashton Lane
Maverick Magazine (5 Stars) *****
“Impressive album that showcases the duo at their strongest… A force to be reckoned with in the UK Country Scene”
Up Country Magazine
“This is an album of the very highest quality in writing, musicianship and production… To say this is an excellent album from Ashton Lane is an understatement”
The Sunday Express (5 Stars) *****
“It’s clear from the title track that you are listening to something special… This should launch a new Scottish star into the charts.”
The Herald (4 Stars) ****
“Esther has the best voice heard in Scotland in some time. And a fine set of songs to show it off.”
The List (4 Stars) ****
“She flits effortlessly between husky poppiness to soulful, stripped down and spine tingling”
Keith Greentree – BBC Radio Norfolk Country Show
“A great Country duo”
“Think Nashville, think clean, well produced, well written mainstream popular music in a modern country-style with a retro West Coast aftertaste.”