Allison is a Storyteller, Singer-Songwriter, Writer and Educator. She believes in the power of story, song and the arts to build community, and teach us about ourselves. She loves to write and sing, tell stories, listen to stories, and help people tell their stories. Here you’ll find CD’s, podcasts, a blog, upcoming events and what Allison can do for you (in terms of performances and workshops, that is). Oh, and more about Allison than anyone could ever want to know. Thanks for visiting! Update:

You may perhaps notice that most of my entries, and videos… are, well… out of date, a couple years old…? What the heck? And why so much blah blah blah about cancer? Well, you see… I’ve had a bit of a rough road the past few years and have had the great miracle of coming out the other side. I’m here to tell this story. During my recovery I have tended really well to things of the soul and heart, but not so much things of the … website. So please bear with me as I catch this site up. I don’t so much look like the headshots and pics I have here anymore either, and will get some new ones soon. Ya know, just wanted a little time for my hair to grow back and all… I must say as I’m returning to the stage, and the classroom, and … I really come with a renewed strength of spirit and a deeper vision and voice. Come join me on this journey!

MFV2018NEWS: My Folky Valentine! concert at The Ark in Ann Arbor THIS Valentine’s Day! Featuring a trio of married musical duos: Annie & Rod Capps, Jan Krist & Alan Finkbeiner, and Allison & John! One of my favorite concerts each year! Come join us!





Love Music? Hate Cancer?

Listen to Allison’s song: “Can’t Take My Heart!”
(Pay what you want)

canttakemyheart_thb I started writing the song years ago when my friends were battling cancer and finished it days before I started my own chemotherapy. “Can’t Take My Heart” is an expression of empowerment over cancer – something I want to share with anyone else dealing with the devastating effects of this disease. If this message could give a lift (or even a laugh) to someone you know, buy this song for them or send them the link. Alternate versions are available for more sensitive ears.(Here’s the STORY behind the song.) 10% of proceeds go to mucosal melanoma research.

Check out the new Music Video of the Song “Can’t Take My Heart!”

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The making of “Can’t Take My Heart”

I’m a songwriter. And sometimes songs come out of me and it’s not quite what I intended, but what the song demanded. A few years ago a song came to me. One of my good friend’s battle with cancer took a turn … Continue reading

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