Born and raised on a second generation dairy farm in rural Ontario, Allison Lupton has always been immersed in Canadian folk life, but it took a love and intense study of Irish and Celtic music for her to find her way to the Canadian folk music tradition that she’s grown up around. Her newest album, “Words of Love” showcases her original material, songs which fit so perfectly into the cannon of Canadian folk music that they could easily be mistaken for traditional numbers. Along with her all-star band mates Andrew Collins, Shane Cook, Tony McManus, Joseph Phillips and Ivan Rosenberg, Lupton brings to life the best of the contemporary folk music scene in Ontario, while incorporating the Celtic influences that have been such an important part of the Canadian immigrant story as well as her own musical path.
After working with various bands and groups including Killiecrankie, which was regularly heard on CBC Radio’s legendary Max Ferguson Show, Lupton starting putting out music under her own name in 2001 with her debut album “My True Love”. The album launched her solo career, performing across Canada, the United States, and the UK. Allison has since recorded 3 solo CDs and been featured on CBC Radio’s Vinyl Café and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. She recently toured the UK performing at the Hebridean Celtic and the Warwick Folk Festivals. In 2015, she teamed up with Tannis Slimmon and Rosemary Phelan to record as The Lucky Sisters. She has been nominated for “Traditional Singer of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” by the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2015 Lupton won Folk Music Ontario’s “Songs From the Heart” grand prize for her song “One More Day”. With her new album, “Words of Love”, Lupton can count herself securely among Canadian folk music’s finest contributors.
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