About

photo by jake cunningham

reltoneAlison is proud to be an official artist for this series!

Alison is proud to be an official artist for this series!

 

Reltone Records artist Alison Self plays country, blues and folk music of different varieties on the ukulele and these days, is mostly seen with a guitar. Sassy, sweet and self-assured, she has been described as Richmond’s chanteuse “with a huge voice unlike any other female singer in Richmond.” Alison has been performing since 2006 when she started learning to play as a way to make money and pass the time while hoboing around the country. It soon developed into a number one priority that hasn’t seemed to let up. From DIY events to late night bar gigs to farmers markets to street corners, Alison has become a well known musician in the Richmond roots circuit. Alison performs mostly solo but also in several duet projects.

photo by Beth Brown

Sweet Fern

Carter family inspired old time country outfit, with Josh Bearman (of The Hot Seats)


Gail Ruby & The Sheik 

“Hokum Jump” ragtime blues powerhouse duo with Brownbird Rudy Relic

image by Ian Graham

image by Ian Graham

and stripped down acoustic blues with harmonica player Andrew Alli, (of Andrew Alli and Last Night’s Blues Band & who has toured internationally with Tim Barry )

In addition to performing Alison also works on other music related projects.

photo by Matt Morton

photo by Matt Morton

RVA Squares

Alison Self partners with caller Grant Hunnicut to help organize semi-regular square dances around town. Voted ‘Best Way To Cure Nostalgia for Grade School Dances’ by Style Weekly.

Twangtown Thursday @ Balliceaux with Anna Roberts-gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle

Twangtown Thursday @ Balliceaux with Anna Roberts-gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle

Twangtown Thursday

Alison Self and Josh Bearman handle the details for this free 4th Thursday showcase that happens monthly at Balliceaux since Jan 2012. Sweet Fern opens the night and then the featured band takes the stage.

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Festivals played: MacRock (2012), Fall Line Festival (2013), RVA UkeFest (2013)

Alison has shared the stage with notable acts such as: The Two Man Gentleman Band, Curtis Eller, J.P Harris & The Tough Choices, Jason Webley, The Hot Seats, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Blackbird Raum, Larry and His Flask, Paul Baribeau, Spoonboy and more, and loves them all very much <3