Allison was born in Brandon, MB and is the daughter of Brian Granger, a renowned MB fiddle player, and Dorothy Granger, an accomplished keyboardist, both of whom are members of the Manitoba Fiddle Association Wall of Fame in the builder category.
Allison is a world class fiddler who got an early start with the violin at the age of four with most of her classical training at Brandon University. As a 13 year old, she was a member/teacher/leader of the Fantasy Fiddlers. She then moved to Calgary at 16 and joined the group Barrage, which she travelled the world. Celebrated as a soloist, she excelled in the theatrical production with tours throughout 3 continents. This included national television and film production, live/studio recording and commercial/radio broadcasts. She shared the stage with many acts including Moby, Alanis Morrisette, Bare Naked Ladies, Great Big Sea, Blue Rodeo, Tammy Wynette, Patricia Conroy, Jann Arden, Michelle Wright, Wild Strawberries, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, and Ashley MacIssac, to name a few. As part of a two hour documentary centered on a tour throughout Europe, she was part of a BBC broadcast for over 10 million viewers live. Nominated for a Gemini Award for Canada’s 2002 Canada Day performance on Parliament Hill, Allison as a part of Barrage then filmed a two hour performance special, which was broadcast on PBS, BBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, CBC, and affiliates, She has performed live on the Blue Peter Show, Barrymore Show in the UK, the German Television Awards, and at numerous corporate events for giants of industry. She has performed live for HRH Prince Charles, Prince Albert of Monaco, the Saudi Royal Family and numerous dignitaries and leaders of state, and has even shared a court with the NBA Phoenix Suns! Performing live for millions of people regularly, she has toured the globe for 15 years to date. After being dedicated to Barrage without a single missed performance, she resigned at the age of 22. Since, Allison has performed with numerous Musical Acts, and Country artists (Gord Bamford, Jake Matthews, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Lisa Brokop, Tebey, Tim Hicks, Small Town Pistols, Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett, etc.)! She was nominated for “Fiddler of the Year”, in both 2004 + 2005 Canadian Country Music Awards! She recorded an album with George Canyon as well. She has also supported our troupes by bringing them the joy of music, not only in Afghanistan, but also in Bosnia, Dubai (2008) and Alert(The North Pole). She then was nominated for “Soundtrack of the Year” at the Canadian Film Awards; a project entitled “Shredded”, a National Film Board Documentary. Since, she has dedicated herself to Music of all genres and even toured nationally with a few groups of her own creation. She is honored to receive this years CCMA "Fiddler of The Year" Award for her work with Gord Bamford, who picked up 5 CCMA awards himself.
With Bamford, she will be touring Canada as part of the Reba McEntire Canadian Tour.
Congratulations, Allison! We are proud of your accomplishments.