Alison Hogan is a veteran west coast singer/songwriter returning to performance after a long hiatus.
Starting out in Vancouver clubs and coffeehouses in the 1970s, over the course of her career she has opened for Phil Ochs, Peter Yarrow, Jose Feliciano, and Stephane Grappelli. As part of the seminal gypsy-jazz quartet The Kitsilano Kat Kickers, she played the first years of the Vancouver Folk Festival before going on to record her original material, releasing two indie cassette albums and a synth-pop single in English and Japanese for MCA/Universal. Her songs have charted with covers by indie country artists Lynne Taylor Donovan, Nikki Cousins, Anna Beaumont, and BC bluegrassers Tumbleweed.
Her discography also makes a foray into the jazz realm with a CD of Billie Holiday covers, First Takes, with Hogan Sings Holiday, featuring Tom Keenlyside (sax + clarinet), Miles Black (piano), Brent Gubbels (bass), Ron Thompson (guitar) and Craig Scott (drums). The ensemble will hit the bandstand for a reunion in Vancouver in 2019.
In 2016 Alison began work on her first full-length album in many years. Songs From the Third Act was recorded with drummer/producer Shawn Soucy (One Horse Blue, Alibi) at Spirit Studio in Surrey, BC, and engineer Brian Campbell (Powder Blues, Ferron) at Wizard Sound Services in Vancouver.
The collection showcases the varied genres of Alison’s writing, encompassing country, blues, and acoustic roots and features a stellar lineup of Soucy (drums and percussion), Brent Gubbels (bass), Darryl Havers (piano/accordion), Nolan Murray (fiddle) and pedal steel master Charlie Hase.
Described by one reviewer as “a stunning, sad, funny, sexy and lovely collection of songs” evoking such legendary songwriters as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Garnet Rogers, the album is enjoying airplay on Canadian campus stations and folk/roots radio in the USA.
Alison is looking forward to participating in a three-week Singer Songwriter residency at the Banff Centre in 2019. She performs live solo, or as a duo or trio with Charlie Hase and Brent Gubbels.