Allison de Groot combines love for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality. Her collaborations with Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Bruce Molsky’s trio Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Goodbye Girls and Nic Gariess provide spaces to explore the role and depth of clawhammer banjo.
Allison has toured all over the world with various groups, performing at events such as Newport Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Rockygrass, Hardly Strictly, Winnipeg Folk Festival & Tønder Festival. The music scene in her hometown of Winnipeg, Canada, immersion in Appalachian old-time communities, a performance degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and touring extensively throughout North America and Europe have all shaped her playing.
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"Allison has it all.....great clawhammer technique, exquisite tone, timing, taste. She has deep roots in the old time tradition and yet she's fearless when it comes to breaking new ground. It's a thrill whenever I get a chance to play with her. As Twyla Tharp once said, “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box” . -Tony Trishka
"Allison de Groot is the kind of artist who's virtuosity is built on her strength as a player, performer, composer, and on her appetite for new (and old) ideas. She's transforming the banjo in a beautiful way, both for herself and for others who enter her musical space." -Bruce Molsky
“Allison is musically intuitive and technically brilliant and she is in touch and in love with the old time music genre. Some people are just born to their instrument and she is one of those people. We banjoists are grateful that this is true.”