Allison Lupton

The Leith Historical Church is a fitting venue for a concert this Friday evening with Allison Lupton, Ian Bell and Shane Cook.  All three are renowned practitioners of traditional folk music.  Allison is admired for her sensitive vocals as well as her songwriting.  She won the English grand prize for her song “One More Day” in the Songs From The Heart competition of 2015.

Shane Cook, Allison Lupton and Ian Bell

Shane Cook, Allison Lupton and Ian Bell

She started her career as a traditional folk singer in the band Killiecrankie which was regularly featured on CBC Radio’s legendary Max Ferguson Show and she has performed at various festivals and venues including Mariposa and Lunenburg.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Ian Bell

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Ian Bell

Ian Bell is a multi-instrumentalist with a stellar reputation among folk aficionados as a songwriter and composer as well as sideman.  He has released several CDs, the most recent of which is a collection of traditional songs and chanteys from the age of commercial sail on the Great Lakes, called “Forget Me Not”.  His compositions are part of many CBC radio and TV broadcasts and he even played a small role in “Road To Avonlea”

Award winning fiddler Shane Cook

Award winning fiddler Shane Cook

Shane Cook’s fiddle playing crosses cultural boundaries representing Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, Texan and Bluegrass styles in the old time fiddle tradition.  As a Canadian he is the only foreigner ever to win the U.S. Grand National Fiddle Championship.  He has release six solo recordings and toured extensively not only in Canada and the U.S. but in the U.K. Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan.

Allison’s song “Bonnie and May” was included in the repertoire for the 2016 Kodaly Choral Festival, which included approximately 1000 children from the Waterloo Region District School Board with 500 students performing each night.  Allison’s band was given a guest spot to lead the choir for “Bonnie and May.”

The concert, Fri., Sept. 30th starts at 7:30 p.m., general seating $20.  Tickets are available at the Roxy Theatre box office or the door.

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