The Music of Allison Shapira

Allison has performed around the world with “a voice that’s simultaneously rich, honeyed, dense, and altogether quite beautiful…heartfelt and sincere”. Her honest lyrics and haunting melodies have inspired audiences from Buenos Aires to Johannesburg and from Israel to Belfast.

Allison spent years studying classical voice at Boston University, Tanglewood, and in Italy, but at home she listened to the folk revival music of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Judy Collins. She eventually left the field of opera to pursue more global issues, but even after pursuing an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, folk music remained in Allison’s heart.

From opera singer to folk singer/songwriter

The year that would change her future was 2011 when Allison picked up a guitar for the first time. One year later, she was writing her own music.

Allison left her job at Harvard, moved out of her apartment, and with a small suitcase and travel guitar she began her journey across Europe. She performed in France, Austria, Italy, and Croatia, earning fans from around the world who knew her as “Allison from Boston.” She returned to Boston to record her first original album, Coming Home. Her CD release was at the very same Club Passim (formerly Club 47) where Joan Baez got her start in 1958.

After launching her first album, Allison moved to Washington, DC to continue building Global Public Speaking, LLC. Allison performs throughout the country and around the world.

Joan & Joni: A Tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell

Together with award-winning singer/songwriter Kipyn Martin, Allison recently launched Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell

Together with award-winning singer/songwriter Kipyn Martin, Allison recently launched Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.

Joan & Joni debuted in January 2015 to a sold-out Washington DC audience, released an EP, and continues to tour around the United States.

Allison and Kipyn’s power comes from their authenticity as performers. They touch people not just through their music but through their passion to inspire and connect with their audience. They perform a collection of timeless songs by Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell and reveal a few hidden gems from Joan and Joni’s respective albums. They also perform their own music to demonstrate how Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell have inspired their musical development. For more information, visit http://www.joanandjoni.com


Watch Allison in Action

Watch Allison in Action

Watch Allison’s performances and hear her original music.


Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Shows

Experience Allison’s music live at one of her upcoming performances!


Book Allison

Book Allison

Allison would be delighted to perform at your next event or for your group. Contact her for availability.

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One Sentence Bio

Allison Shapira is a recovering opera singer inspired by Joan Baez and Judy Collins.

Short Bio

With “a voice that’s simultaneously rich, honeyed, dense, and altogether quite beautiful,” Allison Shapira is a recovering opera singer inspired by Joan Baez and Judy Collins. In the summer of 2012, she left her job in Boston and went to Europe with a travel guitar; she performed in four countries and returned to the US to release her first original album, Coming Home. She lives and performs in Washington, DC, though she’s known around the world as “Allison from Boston.” Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin recently formed the acclaimed duo Joan & Joni, a musical tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. They premiered a sold-out show in DC and continue to perform around the United States.

Album Review

“A voice that’s simultaneously rich, honeyed, dense, and altogether quite beautiful…heartfelt and sincere…it’s the groundbreaking early works of Joan Baez that come most readily to mind.” Leicester Bangs, July 31, 2013

Spec Request

Allison sings and plays an electric acoustic guitar. For performances, she requests a microphone, mic stand, amplification, and a small table.

Original Music: Man Walks By and All Along

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Purchase Music from Allison

Allison Shapira & Kipyn Martin “All Along”

Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin
Original Music

Acoustic Opera “O Mio Babbino Caro”

Acoustic Opera
Acoustic Opera

Allison would love to
perform at your next event. Contact her at 202.495.1557 for availability.