A native of Detroit, Michigan, Alison Perkins grew up in a household filled with music. The daughter of musicians, she attended her first concerts as a baby. Her parents regularly took her to musical events in the city's vibrant folk and Irish music scenes, and she routinely fell asleep inside of her dad's guitar case, lulled to slumber by live music.
As a child, she learned the fiddle from Mick Gavin, originally from Meelick, Co. Clare. During her teenage years, she had success in music competitions, winning in her age group at the Midwest Irish Fiddle championship 6 years in a row before "retiring" at the age of eighteen. She was also a member of many award winning groups, trios and duets. As she neared adulthood, Alison grew from precocious child to masterful young player--something that hasn't gone unrecognized by the community. At age nineteen, in 2007, she was invited by Irish singing legend Sean Keane to go on a Canadian and American tour. Her work with her much praised family band, Finvarra's Wren, has awarded her the honor of playing music all over North America, from Ontario, Canada to Austin, Texas.
In the fall of 2016, Alison released an album with uilleann piper Nicolas Brown, the critically acclaimed "All Covered With Moss". The album features unaccompanied traditional Irish music, played on flat pipes and fiddle in the key of B. The Irish Echo describes it as "...a truly lovely album of mostly duet music that gets at the music’s sweetness in the warmest of ways... Perkins and Brown are terrifically responsive to each other and together they make a grand duo and a lovely racket." Irish Music Magazine called it "One of the best fiddle and uilleann pipes albums of the past ten years."
Although a seasoned pro in the Irish music world, she is also gaining recognition for being a versatile folk musician. Her abilities to tastefully accompany American songs have been tapped by Michigan-based song writing duo Mustard's Retreat on their release "A Gathering of Moments" as well as Detroit's favorite Irish-Americana band, The Codgers, on their album "Litchfield". She's also a co-founder of the highly successful Strayaway Child Concert Series in Ann Arbor, MI.
When Alison isn't performing, she teaches music at her home in Ferndale, Michigan, as well as regular classes and workshops at the Detroit Irish Music Association. She is very high demand for her gentle, fun and helpful nature, and instructs students of all ages in fiddle and tin whistle.