Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia native Allie Bennett is in his 40th year in the Canadian Music Industry. He has toured Canada, the U.S., Britain, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As a studio musician, Allie has over 150 album projects to his credit, and his name appears on over 1,000,000 units sold in Canada. He has worked with John Allan Cameron, Rita MacNeil, Stan Rogers, Murray McLauchlan, The Rankin Family, The Barra MacNeils, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster, Ron Hynes, Bruce Guthro, Dave Gunning, Howie MacDonald, Ashley MacIsaac, Raylene Rankin, Jimmy Rankin and many more. Allie was Musical Director for the 1995 East Coast Music Awards. He was also band leader for the 1997 and 1998 editions of the Cape Breton Summertime Review and the 2000 and 2001 productions of Howie’s Celtic Brew. In 2003 he was Musical Director of The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton - The Second Coming. In 2004 Allie released a fiddle album, his first solo project aptly titled “It’s About Time”, and in 2005 he was presented with the East Coast Music Association's Musicians Achievement Award. He lives in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, where he operates a private music school teaching fiddle and guitar, as well as teaching at the Halifax and Bedford Long&McQuade Lesson Centres. Allie continues to work as a studio musician, and tours occasionally with Dave Gunning, as well as a solo performer. In the fall of 2013 he released a new recording called “Full Circle” which is mostly instrumental with some vocal tracks as well.

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+ Career Highlights

1975-1979
Bass Player - Road (featuring Fred Lavery)

1978-2003
Bass, Guitar, Fiddle - John Allan Cameron

1980-1984
Studio Musician - CBC, Sydney, N.S.

1980-1990
Bass and Guitar player - Rita MacNeil

1990-1992
Bass and Guitar player - The Rankins

1993
Bass and Guitar player - The Barra MacNeils

1994-1995
Bass player - Natalie MacMaster

1995
Musical Director - ECMA Television Show

1996
Guitar and Fiddle player - Bruce Guthro

1997-1998
Bass player, Guitar player and Band Leader - Cape Breton Summertime Revue

2000-2001
Bass player, Guitar player and Band Leader - Howie's Celtic Brew

2003
Bass player and Musical Director - The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton Island

2004
Bass player - Raylene Rankin
Fiddle and Bass Player - Bruce Guthro

2005
Bass and Fiddle Player - Bruce Guthro

1992-present
Owner and Operator of Private Music Instructional Practice, teaching fiddle, guitar and bass.

2005
Recipient of ECMA Musician's Achievement Award

2005 to present
Bass and Fiddle Player for Dave Gunning and Bruce Guthro


+ Production Credits

1991 - Marilyn MacDonald - "My Love, Cape Breton
           And Me" (Co-production with Chad Irschick)
1991 - Tom O'Keefe - "Beyond The Dawn"
1994 - Mary Jane Lamond - "From The Land of The Trees"
1995 - An Comhlan - "Tir Mo Ghraidh" (The Land I Love)
1995 - An Comhlan - "Nollaig Chridheil" (Gaelic Christmas Album)
1996 - Darrel Keigan - "First Flight"
1996 - Dave Gunning - "Lost Tracks"
1996 - Joanne Rolls - "This Fair Isle" (Co-production with Fred Lavery)
1997 - Jennifer Roland - "Dedication"
1998 - Margo Carruthers - "The Talent of The Bards"
1998 - Laurie Simm - "My Cape Breton Home"
2000 - Jennifer Roland - "Wings"
2004 - Allie Bennett - "It's About Time"
2005 - Jennifer Roland - "For Each New Day"
2013 - Allie Bennett - "Full Circle"


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