"There's an innocence and mysticism to the tune as well as how the artist delivers it. In her music, Ismay is intent on emanating the tale of her coming into her own as a singer-songwriter through her revitalized passion for the natural world. She does so with an accomplished poise and grace without losing a strand of sincerity."
- Pop Matters
"With an ear for an old-time aesthetic and artistry of indie folk, Ismay blends inventive songwriting, ethereal vocals, and dynamic fingerpicking on her new EP, 'Songs From A River'."
- No Depression
Songs of the Klamath was created by the artist Ismay, representing the work of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Avery Hellman. She has been performing throughout the country for the past five years and began integrating her love of traveling, as well as environmental and social justice, through Horseback Journeys.
As part of this project, she wrote and learned songs relevant to the Klamath River and her horseback trip along it. You can hear this music as part of Ismay's debut EP Songs from a River.
Ismay’s live performance video debut was filmed in an old barn at the ranch that has shaped Avery’s writing and playing. “River of Light (Through the Inland Empire)” features carefully constructed melodies and lyrics that dive into the intricacies of human relationships and how they connect to the natural world we see around us.
In May of 2016, We traveled to the lost cities of White Pine County Nevada, one of the most remote areas of the United States, on a Ghost Town Tour. While there, we recorded an original song in one of the old abandoned brick buildings, entitled "Babylon Has Fallen." The name of the song comes from the words local newspapers exclaimed when they knew the city of Hamilton was heading towards ruin.