Acclaimed Scottish musician Archie Fisher shared that “Allison Lupton’s balance of strong composition and sensitive musicality makes her a fine contemporary songwriter and interpreter of the tradition and the works of her fellow songsmiths.”
Allison Lupton is an acclaimed singer-songwriter “…with a voice as clear as a country stream.” She performs self-penned and traditional songs with sensitivity and grace while adding an extra dimension to her stage presence through her virtuoso flute playing. Allison grew up south of Stratford in Zorra Township, where she learned to sing harmony in the Knox Harrington Church choir. She began playing flute in high school at Stratford Central S.S., studying with Earl Reiner (Stratford Festival Orchestra) and later Thomas Kay (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony). Allison completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto and a Masters of Music from the University of Calgary. In 1990 Allison began performing with the band Killiecrankie which was regularly heard on CBC Radio’s legendary Max Ferguson Show. Allison has since recorded 3 solo CDs and been featured on CBC’s Radio’s Vinyl Café and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. She recently toured the UK performing at the Hebridean Celtic and the Warwick Folk Festivals. Allison has been honoured with nominations by the Canadian Folk Music Awards for “Traditional Singer of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” for her recording with The Lucky Sisters. Her song-writing talents have also been acknowledged in 2015, winning Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From Heart.
Allison’s band is composed of a stellar group of musicians, including Tony McManus, Andrew Collins, Ivan Rosenberg, Joe Phillips and Shane Cook. 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, dobro, mandolin and acoustic bass.