Published on October 24, 2013
Prince Albert raised singer/songwriter Allyson Reigh is seen in a promotional shot.
Published on October 24, 2013
Prince Albert raised singer/songwriter Allyson Reigh’s debut solo album, Letters, will be released at a launch part at the Mann Art Gallery on Nov. 1 during a show that will begin at 8 p.m.
Proud enough of her new album to launch it twice, Allyson Reigh is stopping by her hometown of Prince Albert for a performance on Nov. 1.
The first album launch for her debut solo album, Letters, was a well-received laid-back performance in Saskatoon on Oct. 18 -- an atmosphere she hopes to repeat in Prince Albert.
“It felt like a really great house concert to sit back and relax,” Reigh – whose full name is Allyson James-Loth, said.
“I think every live show is sort of a different animal on its own,” she added.
“What we try to create is a really -- kind of a house concert style, so people who come to the shows are coming for the show, as opposed to a bar where all sorts of things are going on.”
Reigh said that the laid-back atmosphere walks hand in hand with her introspective songwriting – something she’s been able to fully delve into with her debut solo album.
“When I write songs you write something sincere and honest to you and … you sort of send it out for other people to interpret on their own,” she said.
The album’s name, “Letters,” is reflective of the lyrics, in that each song is a letter to either herself or to other people.
“It’s a very personal album, so it’s scary to release it into the world,” she said.
“But it’s good and exciting, and personally it was necessary for me to do this as an artist, as a singer/songwriter, as well as to get my own material out there.”
Reigh said that Letters is reflective of her life right now, in her mid-20s.
“For me and my friends who are in the same boat, there’s a lot of uncertainty as to what path we’re going to choose, because we have so many options -- things we can’t do, things we shouldn’t do, things we are advised to do,” she said.
“Sometimes you doubt those choices, but you know what’s right for yourself.”
On top of that, Reigh said that the album draws from the classic go-to when it comes to musical inspiration -- heartbreak.
“What I tried to do with this album is be upfront with things and say things directly, but it’s more a reflective album -- it’s not a cruel album in any sense,” she said. “It’s really reflective on my feelings that did happen or didn’t happen.”
Born and raised in Prince Albert, Reigh took an early interest in music by taking piano lessons, voice lessons, musical theatre and singing in choirs.
What we try to create is a really -- kind of a house concert style, so people who come to the shows are coming for the show, as opposed to a bar where all sorts of things are going on. Allyson Reigh
Relocating to Saskatoon in order to study international relations, she came to share her time between Montreal and Saskatoon, recently settling in Saskatoon.
Although she’s released an album with her previous musical outfit, Mike & Ally, a group she formed with friend Mike Bauche, Reigh’s recent solo career has found her experimenting more in musical styles.
Last summer, Reigh toured the West Coast -- a jaunt that included a performance at the ArtsWells Festival, where in addition to a performance on her own sang backup for children’s performer Fred Penner.
In September, Reigh opened for Canadian folk musician Matt Epp in Saskatoon – a musician whose fame is on the rise, having recently released a duet with Serena Ryder that is currently doing well on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20.
Although she considers the musical style as alt-folk, her latest songs incorporate jazz, pop music and “a bit of a rock flavour to it,” she said.
Her Nov. 1 performance will take place at the Mann Art Gallery at 8 p.m., during which she’ll be joined by a three-person band, including Gent Laird on bass, Kyle Krysa on drums and Burke Barlow on guitar – a man with “serious guitar chops,” Reigh said.
Tickets to the all-ages show are $10, and will include a cash bar. A box will be set up for food donations to the Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank
Fresh from a performance at Prince Albert’s Tapestrama multicultural event a few weeks ago, Reigh said that it’s always refreshing to perform in her home city.
“It’s a really supportive environment,” she said. “That’s why we wanted to do another CD release in Prince Albert -- as a thank you to the people who have been so supportive of me so far, and to just connect with the community in Prince Albert.”
For more on Reigh, she has a Facebook page set up at www.facebook.com/allysonreighmusic.
From Prince Albert, Reigh will kick off a western Canadian tour, with plans of continuing the tour across the balance of Canada in the spring.