Allison Lupton, Craig Werth & Shane Cook

Take Note! Music House, address given upon reservation, Barrie, ON

The Take Note! Music House presents the powerhouse trio of Allison Lupton, Craig Werth & Shane Cook in an intimate house concert setting on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30). Requested donation is $25, with all proceeds going directly to the performers. You may reserve your seat by calling (705) 305-1687 or emailing (address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse).

Cook - Lupton - Werth

Superb singer, CFMA nominee and FMO's “Songs From the Heart” 2015 Grand Prize winner, Allison Lupton performs with Canadian and U.S. Fiddle Champion Shane Cook and the multi-instrumentalist/ singer-songwriter Craig Werth.

The trio features exquisite singing and captivating arrangements highlighting flute, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo. Together Cook, Lupton and Werth delight listeners with traditional and contemporary folk songs and fiddle tunes that take you away to another time and place and then dance you home again.

Shane Cook is a three-time Canadian Open National Fiddle Champion and is the only foreigner to win the US Grand National Fiddle Championship.  Shane has distinguished himself as a leading exponent of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and enjoys playing an array of fiddle styles ranging from Irish and Scottish to French-Canadian, Texan, and Bluegrass. Shane has six solo recordings and leads his own group. Shane also performs regularly with several ensembles including the PBS hit, Bowfire, and has toured extensively in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan. He is a graduate of UWO and resides in London, Ontario.

Allison Lupton began playing traditional folk music in 1990 with the band Killiecrankie which was regularly heard on CBC Radio’s legendary Max Ferguson Show. Allison has since recorded 3 solo CDs and been featured on CBC’s Radio's Vinyl Café.  Most recently Allison toured the UK performing at the Hebridean Celtic and the Warwick Folk Festivals. In 2008, Allison was honoured with a nomination in the “Traditional Singer of the Year” category by the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  Allison’s song-writing talents have also been acknowledged: “One More Day” was awarded the grand prize in the 2015 Folk Music Ontario’s ”Songs From the Heart” competition. Acclaimed Scottish musician Archie Fisher shared that “Allison Lupton’s balance of strong composition and sensitive musicality makes her a fine contemporary songwriter and interpreter of the tradition and the works of her fellow songsmiths.”

Craig Werth is a U.S. based multi-instrumentalist songwriter who has captured hearts and minds across North America for his uncommon blend of musicianship, humour, wordcraft and insight into the human condition.  He has a talent for creating new songs that honour tradition and he delivers them with honesty and passion, most often accompanying his baritone voice with guitar, ukulele, octave mandolin, and banjo.  Craig’s solo CD, "The Spokes Man”, received high praise in Sing Out and Canada’s Penguin Eggs magazines, and he has achieved high honours on the Folk-DJ charts with several “best album of the year” nods.  Craig toured internationally for several years as co-arranger/accompanist for Canada’s David Francey, and has a Juno Award as co-producer and every-track-artist for Francey’s Best Album of the Year — “Right of Passage”. Several of Craig’s Newfoundland-heritage-inspired songs have been appreciated widely across Canada.