All about Jane
~ Welsh singer songwriter Jane Allison ~
Born Jane Alison Sherman in the Welsh seaside town of Aberystwyth her performing career spans the creative landscapes of both music, theatre, TV & film with notable roles and appearances under her belt she is an accomplished musician, actress and writer in equal measure.
In her youth she trained as a dancer at Trinity Laban and was married to her childhood sweetheart Pete Harker, drummer to John Peel favourites, underground cult band The Lines. During this time she was fully immersed in the London punk scene with bands like The Only Ones and Stiff Little Fingers & dance companies such as DV8, Diversions & Transitions, and it was amongst this explosion of innovative creativity she began to realize a lifelong passion and diverse artistic career.
Jane's musical path began in the early 90's as the singer with psychedelic folk band Childe Roland and back up singer with X- Machina . She then went on to form the new wave post punk band KarmaDeva and began an 8 year long tour across the UK and Europe, sharing the stage with bands like Boxer Rebellion, The Holloways, The Zutons, Super Furry Animals, The Avengers and supporting legendary acts such as Caravan, The Damned, Ten Years After, Lene Lovich and Arthur Lee and Love among others.
She has now come home to roost with her gorgeous sonic blends of 70’s English folk revival and lush Laurel Canyon haze, rustic, acoustic charm and Celtic cool ~ Upbeat bars of lightweight ditties, with biting eloquent lyrics revealing withering accounts of doomed romance, faded dreams and dark obsessions.
Capturing the spirit & vibe of a late 60's Laurel Canyon electric folk record, laced with motifs of providence, mercy and reprieve, it moves deftly from pastoral lilts and upbeat Americana to charming and chiming, gossamer-light ambient folk. Like Magdalene is the sound of traditional folk sonics being coaxed into new shapes, of rock and indie and blues, and even pop sensibilities added into the mix. A generic enterprise that may have started in the hippy hangouts of the Americana West Coast or the folk clubs above London pubs in the ’60s but it is a process that is still going strong today, a creative, alchemic process that turns those base musical elements into sonic gold.
As an actress Jane is best known for her comedy character roles, the most recent being GCHQ's geeky cryptanalyst Mary Needham in the TV comedy Intelligence written by Nick Mohammed & starring David Schwimmer. Season 2 of Intelligence will be aired on Sky TV and Now TV on June 8th. Jane also stars as Deborah in the Julia Davis Bafta award winning comedy series Sally4Ever. Other TV & film acting credits include Slaughter House Rulez, a comedy horror movie directed by Crispian Mills starring Michael Sheen & Simon Pegg, award winning TV series Hunderby, Nighty Night, Morning Has Broken, Human Remains and the movie A Fantastic Fear Of Everything.
Her continued comedy writing partnership with dark star Julia Davis traverses subjects of death, illness and the wincing, pathetic absurdity of human relationships with surreal imagination and gallows humor. Her writing credits include both the 1st & 2nd series of the award winning series Nighty Night & script development for such TV shows as Camping, Hunderby, Sally4Ever , Morning Has Broken
In 2016 Jane released Methylene Blue her second album with Alonza Bevan. "A mercurial and brooding record, laced at times with shades of early Velvet Underground, then conforming to Nashville expectations in lilting cowboy balladry, but as often as not mining a darker musical and lyrical theme."
In 2014 her debut album Just Another Girl was welcomed with open arms and rave reviews in the Americana, Country and folk music scene in Europe, UK and the USA.
Written in Berlin & recorded in Belgium at Kula Shakers studio's The Tea Rooms and produced by Alonza Bevan it began her solo venture into the world of folky Americana
"Thankfully Jane manages to avoid the obvious clichés that often go hand in hand with folk and country and through sheer force of songwriting, not to mention a compelling voice, weaves a path through much more interesting territory – a pathway that links Leonard Cohen to Kate Bush bisected by one that links The Indigo Girls to Gretchen Peters. In fact it is in Peters haunting textures and resonant beauty that many comparisons can be found, a similarly timeless sound that has abandoned the rules and traditions of the genre it is associated with in favour of just being great and slightly otherworldly music."Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture Mag"