Ashley began playing music at age 7 on the piano. It wasn't long before other instruments were explored - clarinet, saxophone, guitar, bass, ukulele and voice.
Ashley received a BMus from the Cork School of Music, beginning first on piano before making clarinet her principal instrument. With this she participated in the CSM Wind Ensemble, the CSM Jazz Big Band on baritone saxophone, and took part in the Fleischmann Choir. Ashley has participated in the Clonakilty Brass Championships for a number of years with Midleton Concert Band and Cork Philharmonic Winds.