The brainchild of Scottish-Canadian reggae artist Jason Wilson, Ashara (meaning: Good Fortune) presents a joyful blend of Scottish folk, global roots, funk and reggae which surveys those rebel musics that have traversed the Black Atlantic over the past 400 years. Wilson, who provides vocals and piano, is joined by legendary Jamaican-Canadian guitarist Carl Harvey (Toots & The Maytals) plus regular Wilson band members Trinidadian-Canadian saxophonist Marcus Ali, Ghanaian-Canadian vocalist Laurel Tubman, Vince Reel (drums/guitar) and Michael Shapinko (bass). Representing the Scottish contingent are fiddle player Jack Smedley, piper Ali Hutton and accordionist John Somerville.
Unhinged and musically extravagant, The Langan Band have become famous for performing an invigorating yet tight and precisely executed show. With a sense of abandonment for spontaneity and surprise, they always keep their audience on their toes. Their material draws from all that they've been exposed to and enjoyed, from a whole range of music and live experiences. Progressive folk, jazz influences and world music combine to create a modern and exhilarating sound very much rooted in modern traditions. It's hard to pigeonhole but is for certain brilliant musicianship, with catchy tunes and beautiful lyrics.