Allison Barkley grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, just a few doors from the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, where she spent many imaginative days. In her early twenties she migrated west to Victoria, British Columbia, where she resided for a few years before packing and moving up north to the Yukon. She lived there as a pioneer woman and taught art classes at an elementary school, on reserve, in Lower Post, BC. After a few years in the Yukon, she travelled Canada for about a year, before slowly making her way back west.
Allison has been a figure painter for over ten years and has shown her work in galleries in Victoria and Vancouver. She is strongly influenced by the expressionists of the second world war. Allison is also a short film-maker and has done several small projects, mainly in the north. Now residing on the Sunshine Coast, she has started recording the music she's written over the past eight years with an amazing producer/musician/engineer, and now good friend, Andy Amanovich at Oceanview Studios and will soon be releasing her demo CD.
Allison has numerous musical influences, some of which are, Bob Dylan, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Memphis Minnie, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Nick Cave, Traveling Wilburys, The Clash, The Dead Kennedys, The Grateful Dead, The Smiths, Portishead, Bjork, the Pixies, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Leonard Cohen, The Pogues, Radiohead, Ricky Lee Jones, The Pretenders, the great Gillian Welch and many musicians from the deep south.
Allison has been writing poetry her entire life and is inspired by anyone doing anything creative. Allison is also co-owner of Raindogmedia.com....a web design business.
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