It’s been three years since Mumblin’ Sue, the last full-length album from folk singer-songwriter Allysen Callery – not that she hasn’t been busy. In 2014 she released her Folk Radio UK EP and played Austin, Texas’ South By Southwest festival, earning her praise from The Washington Post and NPR, and last year she joined local folk act Haunt the House at the Newport Folk Festival. On top of all that Allysen has been a mainstay of the local scene. In May she released her latest record, The Song the Songbird Sings.
Songbird… continues in the ethereal tradition of Allysen’s previous records. With fingers dancing across acoustic strings and that voice, lovely and straight-out-of-Lothlorien otherworldly, Allysen stands out from the area’s predominantly roots and Americana styled folk scene. Tracks like “Bluest Bird” and “Snow Fox” harken back to traditional British folk, though “Shoot Me” has her putting a bluesy-twist on her ghost whisper vocals.
On June 18, Allysen will have a Rhode Island release show for The Song the Songbird Sings at Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton. Joining her will be Providence’s Vudu Sister – a kindred, if spookier spirit – and her daughter, Ava Callery. In the fall, she’ll be heading to Europe for an Italian and UK tour.
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