FOTO: Marc Baptiste

Allison Russell (CAN)

It is not without a certain pride that Tønder Festival presents Allison Russell. In 2021, this Canadian songwriter and musician drew a deal of attention with her solo album Outside Child. Allison Russell was nominated for no fewer than three Grammy Awards in 2021, and she has won two UK Americana Music Awards, besides a series of other nominations, among them for the Polaris Music Prize and a Canadian Folk Music Awards. Outside Child, which has been seriously well reviewed, contains no-holds-barred songs detailing Allison Russell’s own experience of abuse as a child growing up in Montreal. Prior to releasing songs in her own name, Allison Russell, who sings, plays banjo and clarinet, has worked in several bands, such as Po’ Girls, formed in 2003, and the duo Birds of Chicago with her partner, JT Nero. Birds of Chicago appeared at Tønder Festival in 2019. Worth a mention, too, is the significant project Songs of Our Native Daughters, where Allison Russell played with Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah and Leyla McCalla. Her only Danish festival appearance in 2022.