A native of Detroit, Michigan, Alison Perkins grew up in a household filled with music. The daughter of musicians, she attended her first concerts before she took her first steps. 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 Irishman Mick Gavin, whose lovely Clare fiddling is imprinted on Alison's musical style. 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 old age of 18. 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 19, 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.
Alison's musical philosophy is very much rooted in the Irish tradition. She is deeply interested in the older generation of Irish musicians, counting luminaries such as Tommy Potts, Seamus Ennis, Paddy Carty and Bobby Casey as influences. She has found staying within the perceived confines of the traditional style to be both rewarding and challenging, which has resulted in a musical style that is rich in subtle creativity.
In addition to performing, Alison is a highly sought out music instructor who has been teaching for over a decade. She frequently teaches workshops at festivals around the country. In 2016, she was invited to teach fiddle at the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in Midlothian, TX. She teaches private lessons at her home in Ferndale, MI, and at the Detroit Irish Music Association in Ann Arbor.