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Biography

  • Born

    25 September 1967 (age 50)

"It was said that a bard could cast a spell with just his harp playing and his voice, and the spell would transport the listeners to another world while the song played. Most but not all of the listeners would make it back when the song ended. Callery displays that kind of otherworldly ability”
~Oliver di Place

Allysen Callery is an alternative folk artist from Rhode Island, USA , with an intricate & unique finger style, & a voice that has been called mesmerizing & angelic.
Growing up in New England, she was heavily influenced by her parent’s British Isles Folk Revival records of the late 60′s early 70′s .

Her first two albums Hopey (2007) & Hobgoblin’s Hat (2010) were self released, but reached an international audience, thanks to radio stations such as Folk Radio UK, Sideways Through Sound (Australia) & favorable reviews from Terrascope.

In 2011 her EP Winter Island was released by Woodland Recordings (Berlin), with
Allysen touring Germany & Switzerland in it’s support.
The rare first edition of this EP sold out in it’s first month of release.

She has been called “The Tim Burton of Folk Music” , her quiet & dark style has made her a favorite of artists & critics alike,
including Marissa Nadler who listed Winter Island in her Best Albums of 2011.

“Winter Island is a record that could proudly sit tall next to Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green and Leonard Cohen’s Songs From A Room. It’s impossibly delicate, gorgeously written, and emanates a timeless quality.” ~Marissa Nadler for We Listen For You

In Oct 2012 her second EP ” The Summer Place” was released by Berlin based indie label Woodland Recordings, with Allysen again returning to Germany & Switzerland.

In addition, the vinyl only record label JellyFant pressed Winter Island &
The Summer Place into one beautiful limited edition record, cover art by Detlef Kelbasses.

2012 Winner- Best Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter Act – Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll

In 2013 Allysen released her 5th release, the full length album "Mumblin' Sue", on 75 or Less Records on CD, with JellyFant Schallplatten releasing the vinyl.

Sessions from Folkadelphia and Folk Radio UK also found their way out into the world.

In 2016, Allysen's 6th release "The Song the Songbird Sings" was released to further acclaim.

Allysen tours from Maine to NYC, & has played such rooms as Club Passim, The Knitting Factory, The Oak & The Ax, Stone Soup, As220, Local 121, The Narrows Center for the Arts, The Middle East, & Common Fence Music, & the Blackstone River Theatre.

Allysen lives in the small seaside town of Bristol, Rhode Island (USA) with her husband , daughter, & cats.

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