Mary Ashton is a
classically trained violinist residing in the London area and a
graduate of the University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Music and
Faculty of Education. As a performer, she has continued to explore
the various languages of music, discovering an innate love of
traditional music, be it Celtic, Greek, or Arabic, and a deep
passion for improvisation. Mary teaches private and group lessons at
the London Waldorf School.
At UWO, during her studies with Dr. Robert Skelton and Gwen Thompson
, she was a member of Orchestra London and various string ensembles.
Attending classes at the Goderich Celtic College opened a whole new
world of music for Mary, in which she has continued to immerse
herself, playing weekly at the local Morrissey House Session in
London. One snowy December evening, a loose collective of
like-minded tune fiends, dubbed Traddicted, arose from this tune
Currently, Mary can be seen performing a kaleidoscope of musical
genres as a soloist or member of a variety of musical groups ranging
from Classical, Folk, and Celtic, to Near and Middle Eastern
One of these groups, The Light of East Ensemble based in London,
Ontario, performs music of the Near and Middle East. With the Light
of East Ensemble, Mary has enjoyed playing a wide variety of venues
and events, as well as participating as a guest lecturer at the
University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor and
performing in numerous educational concerts at the elementary and
high school levels.
With the Light of East Ensemble, Mary has been able to combine her
two musical passions: improvisation and traditional music.