Ashelin will perform Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Ashelin is a band of five sisters — Cassy, Joesie, Kaliyan, Shaelin and Thea — from Newfoundland. The sisters began singing and dancing to Newfoundland and Irish music as far back as they can remember while learning to play a stunning variety of instruments. Although they never expected this childhood passion for all things musical to be anything but family focused, they soon embarked on a musical journey that is winning them attention and fans around the world.

Known for sparkling vocals and intricate harmonies, Ashelin’s brand of folk roots and pop shines through their original songwriting and novel interpretations of traditional tunes. The band’s original song “Song for Mariana” was a winner from more than 600 contenders for David Suzuki’s “Playlist for the Planet,” a soon-to-be-released CD that brings them together with some of Canada’s finest songwriters and performers.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at unitymaine.org. Next up a Midcoast visitation of JJ Chaisson’s PEI Kitchen Party Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. ($15). For more information call 948-7469 or visit the website.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.