Sam ‘n Ash
Sam 'n Ash are an innovative duo in the world of folk music. Each well-versed in their instrument, the combination of accordion and mandolin is unique and beautiful. The duo performs mostly original material, blurring lines between multiple genres. Together they create an inventive blend of harmony, rhythm, and energy.
Samantha Harvey is an award-winning step dancer, pianist and accordionist. She has performed throughout the world including gigs in the US, Canada, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia with groups Téada, IRELAND - the show, Irish Christmas in America, Atlantic Steps, Cosa, and Tomáseen Foley's Irish Times. Samantha also enjoys the more intimate performance setting with her accordion and mandolin duo - Sam 'n Ash.
Composer-instrumentalist Ashley Broder is fluent on mandolin, violin, and cello. Described as a "mandolin phenomenon" by the San Diego Tribune and highly sought after by a wide range of musicians needing to round out their sound, Broder has performed in folk clubs, festivals, bars, dance halls, orchestras, and recording studios. Her duo with accordionist Samantha Harvey, Sam ‘n Ash, was featured on the wildly popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,” and Hearth Music raved that The Syncopaths, an in-demand, nationally touring, folk quartet with whom she plays regularly, are "a helluva a band to imitate, and I doubt anyone could do justice to their virtuosic tunes." Most recently, she's been collaborating with violinist, Edwin Huizinga, and guitarist, William Coulter, fusing Bach with traditional and contemporary folk tunes. The trio premiered their "Partita Americana" at the 2018 Carmel Bach Festival.