Vinyl Café Host, Stuart McLean once described Allison as having “... a beautiful, clear singing voice,… and the ability to tell a story with her flute.” Her interest in music began in the rural Ontario community of West Zorra Township where she learned to sing harmony in the church choir. She got her start playing folk music with the band Killiecrankie which was regularly featured on CBC Radio’s legendary Max Ferguson Show. Allison’s musical travels have taken her to perform at such venues as Cecil Sharpe House in London, England, CBC Radio’s Vinyl Café and The Palace Theatre, opening for Fairport Convention. In 2008, Allison was honoured with a nomination in the “Traditional Singer of the Year” category by the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Allison’s band — which has never yet submitted to being named — is composed of a stellar group of musicians, including renowned veteran of the Canadian folk scene Ian Bell, Ontario’s busiest bass player Denis Rondeau, Juno award-winner Geoff Somers, and acclaimed Ontario fiddler Jay Weiler. Delighting listeners with their beautiful renditions of traditional and original songs and tunes, the group features exquisite, three-part vocal harmonies and captivating arrangements highlighting flute, fiddle, guitar, accordion, mandolin banjo and acoustic bass.
Denis Rondeau Acoustic bass, vocals Denis Rondeau has been involved with music ever since his childhood days of jamming around the kitchen with his family. Since then he has freelanced as a bassist performing with many rhythm and blues bands, bluegrass bands, symphony and chamber orchestras, and theatre shows such as Five Guys Named Moe. When Denis isn't busy playing bass, he continues to share his talents as a music teacher at the Brantford School For The Blind.
Ian Bell Guitar, mandolin, button accordion, vocals. Always a part-time musician, Ian Bell has performed professionally across Canada and in the United States for over a quarter century. On his own, and with groups like Muddy York he has appeared at folk festivals across Canada, and accompanied legendary songwriter Wade Hemsworth in a stint at the Folklife Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver, BC. Ian’s repertoire has always focused on Ontario traditional songs and dance music but in recent years has expanded to include original material as well. As well as performing solo, Ian is also a member of the venerable Friends of Fiddlers Green. Ian appears on dozens of recordings as sideman as well as several under his own name. Ian's most recent CD is Shallow Water which was released in November 2006.
Jay Weiler Fiddle, vocals Jay Weiler is an impressive performer and an amazing talent for traditional Irish and Scottish music. He completed his music degree and moved into performing professionally thereafter. His most recent musical travels have taken him through Australia, Singapore, India and all across North America with world beat musicians of the group Rivertribe. His time spent in Ireland and Scotland exploring his roots, enhanced his personal style with a blend of cultural influences. Seasoned in small sessions and intimate venues, it’s on the large stage that he truly shines with fiery, energetic sets.
Geoff Somers Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals Geoff Somers holds an honours degree in music, played as a first violinist with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the bluegrasss band Blue Mule for 18 years. Geoff's work on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin has been described as "technically polished, rhythmically sharp, and oozing creativity." Geoff is also well known as a perennial sideman, and co-producer for Juno award winner, David Francey.
Band members (opposite page from left to right): Denis Rondeau, Ian Bell, Allison Lupton, Geoff Somers and Jay Weiler