All about Jane

~ Welsh singer songwriter Jane Allison ~

Born Jane Alison Sherman in the Welsh seaside town of Aberystwyth, Jane has traveled many a different highway, in many a guise and under many different names as an artist. 
Her performing career has spanned the creative landscapes of dance & physical theatre (as Jane Roth), singing & songwriting with post punk, psychedelic folk & country bands ( under the pseudonyms Ariel Waif & JJ Stanness), writing TV scripts as well as acting on TV, film and stage (as Jane Stanness) working alongside the likes of Simon Pegg, Reece Shearsmith, Rob Brydon & Julia Davis. 
Known for her character acting Jane will soon be embarking on a new TV comedy series with Nick Mohammed and David Schwimmer called Intelligence and her most recently TV role was playing Deborah in the HBO/Sky Julia Davis comedy series Sally4Ever. You can also catch her in "Slaughter House Rulez", a Simon Pegg/Nick Frost comedy horror movie, directed by Crispian Mills starring Michael Sheen, Simon Pegg & Asa Butterfield playing the truly monstrous Matron. Other TV & film credits include Biddy Ritherfoot in the award winning TV series "Hunderby", Sheena in "A Fantastic Fear Of Everything", Karen Pole in "Nighty Night", and the hard done by Susan in “Morning Has Broken”. Jane also has writing credits for both award winning series of “Nighty Night”, creating one of the lead characters, the long suffering Cath Cole. 
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 80's 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.

Musically Jane has now come home to roost with her own folky blend of Americana with well crafted and catchy songs. 

She has just finished recording her 3rd third self penned album and 3rd collaboration with musician and producer Alonza Bevan (Kula Shaker) "Like Magdalene". Capturing the spirit, vibe & cool of a late 60's electric folk record this collection of songs are infectious and seductive with plaintive motifs of Providence, death and displacement that runs through like an idee fixe.

As always the Tea Rooms studios in the heart of the Ardennes,where Jane & Alonza work becomes a creative haven, fortified with esprit de corps and great quantities of tea.

"Like Magdalene" is due for release in Summer 2019 

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 "Americana".

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" 

 

 

"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"