” Her lilting voice and heartfelt lyrics are eerily close to the work of the late British songstress Sandy Denny, the highest compliment I could hand down to this brilliant artist.”- Paste Magazine
Allysen Callery is a self taught singer songwriter from Bristol , Rhode Island , USA whose delicate, mesmerizing sound has been compared to classic British folk artists like Sandy Denny and Nick Drake . Billed in Europe as “ghost folk”, her haunting vocals and intricate fingerstyle guitar work is timeless and enchanting.
Winner of the Motif Music awards Best Female Vocalist (Americana) 2019.
Original Folk influenced by the British Isles folk revival played on a finger-picked guitar, billed in Europe as “Ghost Folk” , Allysen has twice been invited to play the SXSW Festival , and tours regularly in Europe. Her music has been on labels Woodland Recordings (DE) , the vinyl only labels Jellyfant Records & Cosirecords Schallplatten (DE), Reverbworship (UK) & 75 or Less Records & Mystra Records (USA).
Winner of The Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll -Best Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter Act . As a member of the folk group Haunt The House, Allysen sang at The Newport Folk Festival in 2015.
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 (DE), 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
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
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.
Early review from ShinDig/Happening Magazine writes
” This nice slice of vinyl collects the two EPs by Rhode Island folk artist Allysen Callery, Winter Island and The Summer Place. The pieces work seamlessly as a standalone album and should introduce Callery’s style to the wider audience it deserves.Graceful as gossamer, Callery weaves intricate folk webs with her intimate voice and understated, finger-picked guitar.
This is a lovely record from an extremely promising new artist”.
2012 Winner- Best Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter Act – Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll.
September 2013 marked Allysen’s 5th release, the full length “Mumblin’ Sue” on JellyFant Schallplatten (DE) & domestically on the eclectic 75 or Less label for CDs,
iconic artwork designed by the great William Schaff.
2014 saw the release of an EP Allysen Callery Folk Radio UK Session which marked the first official pairing of Allysen & musician/producer Bob Kendall, who provided a delicate psyche touch on 4 tracks, including a never before released track called “All in the Morning” & a cover of the Traditional “Blackwaterside”.
Two singles were later released that year a cover of Bonnie Prince Billy’s I Gave You for the music blog Slowcoustic
& on JellyFant Schallplatten a cover of Sybille Baier’s The End with sweeping production by Bob Kendall.
A new full length album of originals produced by Bob Kendall & Kraig Jordan at Plan of A Boy studios is due to be released March 2016 on Jellyfant Records.
Allysen tours in Germany and Switzerland, and domestically from Maine to NYC, playing such rooms as The Columbus Theatre , Club Passim, Pete’s Candy Store, The Me & Thee Coffeehouse, The Blackstone River Theatre, Stone Soup, As220,The Narrows Center for the Arts, The Milton Arts Center,The Red Room, Common Fence Music & Sandywoods Center for The Arts.
In 2014 she played multiple showcases at the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival, and was ranked highly by The Washington Post & out of 1500 acts made a list of 40 by NPR ‘s Bob Boilen for “Intriguing unknown artists”.
On July 30th, 2015, Allysen sang on the Harbour Stage with the folk group Haunt The House at The Newport Folk Festival.
March 2016 will saw the self- release of her 6th full length album, “The Song The Songbird Sings” Compact Disc, later released in July 2017 on the German Vinyl only label JellyFant.
“‘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.”- Providence Monthly
March 2017 Allysen returned to SXSW to play 2 showcases, and later that Summer released the EP “Prince’s Pine” on the UK Folk Label Reverb Worship, this exclusive release sold out in one week, but a second edition is available on Allysen’s bandcamp.
Winner of the Rhode Island Motif Music awards Best Female Vocalist (Americana) 2019