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Passionately creative and creatively passionate, Alyssa Wright is a Canadian cellist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, educator, writer, activist, advocate, and occasional rant-er.  She is currently based in Barrie, Ontario.
 

"That sound just grabbed me…  She's a virtuoso!"

[Victor Wooten, bassist, composer, author and educator]

 

"That voice!  And soul."  

[Eric Bibb, acoustic blues singer-songwriter]


In addition to her solo performance, Alyssa is currently a member of folk-roots duo The Brights and classical ensemble Amity Trio, and is Ontario folk music's "go-to-it" girl for cello studio and session work.  She has played festivals and venues from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island, including Massey Hall, Hugh's Room, The Carleton, Harbourfront Centre and Molson Amphitheatre, and has appeared on well over fifty commercial recordings (she admits to having lost count some time ago).

Recent highlights include performing with Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten, and performing a co-written song with multi-award-winning acoustic blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb.  (Yes, she can die now – but hopefully she won't, and there will be many more highlights to come!)

 

"The best thing in a woman's voice since
Ruthie Foster or Serena Ryder"

[David Zub, concert presenter]

 

"An amazingly talented musician… sweet, sweet cello…
has brought a tear to my eye many times." 
 

[Mose Scarlett, musician and Juno nominee]

 

When not performing, Alyssa runs music publicity company Take Note! Promotion, and is in the process of bringing the Katie Project to life "giving a voice to the voiceless -- using music to promote awareness of and healing from childhood sexual abuse."  She also teaches cello, voice, ensemble work and improvisation, and gives music and creativity workshops throughout Ontario.

Occasionally, she has a nap.

But only occasionally...

Jan30

Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project

Orillia Folk Society @ Aladdin Banquet Hall, 1035 Mississaga Street West, Orillia, ON

 

FridayFolk presents Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project on Friday, January 30. The concert takes place at Aladdin Banquet Hall, 1035 Mississaga St. W., Orillia, with dinner available before the show. Doors open at 7:00 (or visit Aladdin Restaurant next door if you'd like an earlier meal), showtime is 7:30. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for youth ages 16 and under, available at the door.

The Donnelly Project started as Paul Court's response to the Steve Earle song "Justice In Ontario" -- he began to reflect on different perspectives on the story and events that took place in the 1800s in Ontario. Paul was considering a way to present the songs in performance when Susan Charters, a former band-mate of Paul's, and a storyteller, offered to collaborate on linking the songs with stories to present The Donnelly Project in a concert setting. Their efforts resulted in a variety of performances and the recordings in 2007 for the live CD - "Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project". Both the show and CD are intended to draw you into the story, let you hear the voices that are willing to speak, revealing or hiding what they wish, and letting you form you own opinion, as so many have, about the brutal events of February 1880 in that small Ontario Township.

Paul and Susan will be joined by the musicians from the "original cast" of the recording: Don Bray (mandolin, guitar, lap slide, vocals), Alyssa Wright (cello, vocals), Jennifer Ives (vocals) and Carol Teal (vocals).

$15 Adults, $7 Youth aged 16 and under Age limit: All ages

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