Singer, Songwriter, Teacher
Rachel Allen is a singer/songwriter and percussionist that has performed professionally at concerts, clubs, coffeehouses, universities, festivals, wineries and other events throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Past and present venues include: SomerFest, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, The BoilerHouse Music Sessions and Universe of Song Songwriter’s Showcase at St. Francis University, The DillWeed Bed and Breakfast, Calliope Folk Music Society’s of Pittsburgh’s Emerging Legends and Three Penny Opera, Johnstown Folk Fest 2006, and opening for internationally known folksinger David Mallet at Laurel Arts Soundstage Series and for internationally known labor singer Anne Feeney at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Rachel performs traditional, multi-cultural, contemporary folk music and original material. Rachel is well known for her strong vocal delivery, versatility and range. Rachel can easily go from a Yoruba women’s chant with djembe to an Irish ballad to a traditional folk blues song. She enjoys connecting with her audiences and engaging them in the context of the music, and when appropriate, the songs themselves.
Rachel has a deep commitment to integrating music into the community. She works and performs with children from pre-school to high school age, women’s groups, church groups, seniors and a variety of other organizations and civic groups.
Rachel is a rostered artist with the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown, Pa. working in conjunction with Greater Johnstown School District for the Trojan Learning Center and After School Live programs providing hands on multi-cultural music experiences for middle schoolers and high schoolers. Rachel also teaches, presents and performs at the Bottle Works and facilitates their monthly drum circle.
Rachel was accepted into a song leading fellowship with Alice Parker, a world renowned compose and arranger, at the Melodious Accord Institute in Massachusetts in November of 2004.
Rachel was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians and featured in Calliope Folk Music Society of Pittsburgh’s Emerging Legends Series in June of 2005. She has appeared live on The Saturday Light Brigade, hosted by Larry Berger and The Acoustic Hour Radio Show, hosted by Anthony Frazier. Rachel also performs folk blues, rockabilly, gospel and jazz standard tunes with the duo Rachel and Bo. She also performs with WorldSong, a vocal and drum based ensemble influenced by West African, Afro-Caribbean, Native American, African American, Americana, and Middle Eastern rhythm and melody.
Her first solo CD entitled Almost There was released in May of 2005. Rachel Allen lives in the Moxham section of Johnstown with her husband John, a photographic artist, and children Johnny and Riley Grace.