By Corey Charlton
A former wartime entertainer is set to perform a show celebrating her incredible life in music. The 89-year-old inspirational British singer and musician Ruth Allen will perform her “You’re Never Too Old” show at the Canyon Theatre on Sunday, January 13 at 5 pm.
Allen originally began her career during the Blitz when she performed sold-out shows in spite of the air raid warnings echoing through London. Following the war, she continued performing under the stage name Ronnie Graham, most famously at the Astor Club in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. She also spent time in Paris, performing at the Mars Club where she once met and dined with Billie Holiday. She toured Europe before falling in love with an American GI and relocating to the U.S., where she continued her musical career while raising her children.
After impressing legendary American jazz composer Duke Ellington, she was offered a contract with Columbia Records and later in life was the resident entertainer at the American bar of the Savoy in London and in a Michael Feinstein show at Carnegie Hall in New York.
In later years, she and her family settled down in Santa Clarita, California, where she still performs regular shows at a retirement home, piano bar and other venues.
The singer-songwriter is now set for a one-off show at the Canyon Theatre Guild alongside her brother, London jazz pianist Alan Berry. The charity show has been billed as a ‘“celebration of life” and comes just a few days ahead of her 90th birthday.
Ms. Allen will perform around 30 of her own original songs while a narrator reads excerpts from her autobiography “I’ll Still Be Me.”
Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. The ticket price includes complementary wine and champagne, with a reception to beginning at 4 p.m.
Reservations can be made by calling the box office at (661) 799-2702. Net proceeds benefit the Canyon Theatre Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization.