12 days of Christmas: Check out Allison Lupton’s new Christmas single!
Cambridge, Ont., musician Allison Lupton, has a new single, “The Eve of Christmas Day,” out just in time for the holiday season. She is joined on the recording by BBC Radio 2 Folk Music award-winning trio The Young’uns and guitar master Craig Werth. Also featured on the song is a gorgeous silver brass quintet arrangement by accomplished multi-instrumentalist and composer Tom Leighton. The single – available now on the website and soon-to-be available on CD Baby, Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and wherever music is streamed or downloaded – marks Allison’s preparations for a new, fourth, full-length album, Words of Love, to be released in the spring of 2019. For more information please visit the website.
Allison Lupton is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with a voice as fresh as a dewdrop and clear as a sparkling 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.
Although there is no flute on “The Eve of Christmas Day,” Allison is joined by top notch musicians to create a joyous and delightful recording, complete with majestic piano and a silver brass quintet, setting a noble backdrop to the sweet vocal harmonies and melody sung by Allison and the UK group, The Young’uns. Recorded by Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music and mixed by David Travers-Smith at Found Sound in Toronto, the seasonal zeal shines through on this fine production and enhances the outstanding arrangement by Tom Leighton.
Allison grew up in Zorra Township, Ont., where she learned to sing harmony in the Knox Harrington Church choir. She began playing flute in high school, studying with Earl Reiner (Stratford Festival Orchestra),Thomas Kay (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) and Douglas Stewart (Canadian Opera Company Orchestra). Allison completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto and a Master of Music at the University of Calgary. In 1990, Allison joined the band Killiecrankie, which was regularly heard on CBC Radio’s legendary Max Ferguson Show. Allison has since recorded three solo CDs and was 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. Allison was 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 (Lupton, with Tannis Slimmon and the late Rosemary Phelan). Her song-writing talents were also acknowledged when, in 2015, she won Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From the Heart Grand Prize.
Allison’s next full-length recording, Words of Love, is set for release in the spring of 2019.