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Ashley & Simpson, Emily Ann Peterson - 7PM | $15

  • Uncommon Ground - Edgwater 1401 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)


Ashley & Simpson are quickly becoming folk scene favorites. This folk duo blends traditional songs and instrumentation along with beautiful vocal harmonies, filtering their modern songcraft through a classic folk lens. Their February 2019 sophomore release “Off To Here Land” debuted as the #7 album on the Folk Radio Charts.

In 2013, Emily Ann Peterson was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological hand tremor, which forever altered her two-decade livelihood as a cellist, string-arranger, and cello teacher. Refusing to lose her life's love of musical expression, in an act of neurological defiance she accepted an award of a 6-week artist residency to write new music in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. "My grief broke through a creative glass ceiling I never knew existed." says Peterson. She returned from the mountains with an armful of songs, some of which fans can now find on her self-titled EP release from 2014. While touring the US, her interactions with new audiences prompted a question, "If they say I'm brave, then why does this still feel like fear?"