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Arthur - video debut - May 2

 

 

Love, family, age – elemental themes bond with Arthurian legend in this song of life's mystery and magic - the second tune, and video, from "Heirs + Grievances", the debut album of Allison Crowe and Band.

 

http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heirs-grievances

 

 

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You All Haunt Me - debut video - April 25

 

 

 

"You All Haunt Me" opens the debut album from Allison Crowe and Band. And the first music video for the double-disc set is this song paired with scenes from Ménilmontant, the silent cinema classic from Dimitri Kirsanoff featuring partner Nadia Sibirskaďa and Yolande Beaulieu.

 

 

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Timeless + Transcendent: Allison Crowe and Band on Tour and Record - April 24

 

 

Like Bob Dylan at Newport, like Bruce Springsteen at The Bottom Line, Allison Crowe and Band electrified musically on tour in Europe this past month. Here’s the group’s final bow – on stage in Brussels after the second or third encore of the night: l – r - Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals); Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vocals); Dave Baird (bass); and Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran).

 

Allison Crowe and Band - final bow - Racines Bruxelles, April 19, 2016

 

This closing concert of the first leg of of the “Heirs + Grievances” tour happens in a place where love and life carry on following recent tragedy. Allison Crowe’s performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” blew past the soundboard’s limits, allowing artist and audience to continue a capella while the audio equipment was reset.

 

The power of music to transcend was evident throughout the group’s month-long tour of Germany, Slovenia, Italy, England and Belgium.

 

Waking now in Canada, the debut album of Allison Crowe and Band is named 'CD of the Week' by Tom Harrison, dean of western Canada’s rock music writers.

 

“In the past,” notes Harrison, “Crowe has devoted herself to trad folk, contemporary rock, Christmas songs and music of Leonard Cohen, all of which have merged into these two discs to create a portrait of an idealist — with the addition of her between-songs talk on the live recording revealing a bubbly personality.”

 

Full review @:

http://www.theprovince.com/entertainment/garage+spirit+west+leaves+high+note/11860460/story.html

 

 

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We have the music - April 21

 

 

One of the greatest rock and roll escapades since the ’60s ends a chapter today in Europe as Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals), und Dave Baird (bass), part ways after this first leg of their “Heirs + Grievances” tour. We say farewell for now to Milka Smid, Intl. Tour Liaison, and Axel Dollheiser, Driver & Road Manager.

 

Thank you for coming out and being part of it all – Frankfurt, Izola, Firenze, Berlin, Dennach, Vaihingen an der Enz, Neunkirchen, Grunbach / Engelsbrand, Hamburg, Hastings, Hoielaart and Brussels!! We hope to bring the music to the whole world.

 

Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances Tour wrap

 

“My heart is full but it's also breaking , if I'm being honest - this is exactly the same picture i posted last night from @racines_bruxelles but for some reason it took a series of 6? Anyways why not?? - I couldn't ask for a better band or more amazing friends from all over the world - from Frankfurt to Brussels - and last night's show was the most fun I've had in years - which just makes it harder to know the tour is over! If anyone knows me - I'm usually tired at the end of tours - and yes I'm tired now - but I feel I could keep going forever - can't wait til next time -candles wtf forever! Holy f×× and THEN SOME - remember to never owl alone. (Inside jokes sorry haha)”

 

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Allison Crowe and Band - Live on Tour - April 7

 

 

On Easter Sunday 2016 the “Heirs + Grievances” Tour of Allison Crowe and Band hopped into Radio Koper in Slovenia as part of a visit hatched by the country’s brilliant arts patron and cultural liaison Milka Smid-O’Reilly. The quartet chatted with radio host Drago Mislej aka Mef and musician/translator Matej Krajnc (of popular Maribo-based group Sužnji Sendvičev) and performed four songs live-on-air before RK’s in-studio audience.

 

Canada’s Allison Crowe uniquely inhabits the world of song – continually adding breadth and depth to a richly peerless repertoire for piano, vocals, guitar, fiddle and bodhran. Crowe’s “supernaturally agile and exquisite voice”, (as it's distilled by Muruch), is mated ideally with her sublime international touring band: Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vocals); Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals); and Dave Baird (bass). The group’s gorgeously thrilling hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock bridges vital originals with fresh interpretations of classics by such artists as Leonard Cohen and Annie Lennox.

 

The freshness and range of musical ideas and expression heard in each performance attests to the sagacity of Allan Showalter, eminence grise of “Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered” blog, in his observation: “Once you've heard one Allison Crowe song, You've heard one Allison Crowe song.”

 

 

 

Here's a traditional song, "Tarry Trousers", out of TNL's "Newfoundland Vinyl" hit show, with Allison, Sarah and Céline harmonizing Catch four songs from Allison Crowe and Band, (plus a preceding full set by Matej Krajnc & Sužnji Sendvičev), on the RK Easter show – “OKROG OSMIH z MEFOM - MATEJ KRAJNC in SUŽNJI SENDVIČEV ter ALLISON CROWE & BAND” @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BatEQS_t7lU : “V Studiu Hendrix Radia KOPER je Drago Mislej - MEF v njegovi nedeljski oddaji, 27. marca 2016, gostil Mateja KRAJNCA in Sužnje Sendvičev ter kanadsko pevko Allison CROWE z njeno skupino.” Hvala!!

 

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Introducing / Heirs + Grievances Release! - March 22

 

 

"Introducing / Heirs + Grievances" is released!: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heirs-grievances

 

When critics liken you to Edith Piaf, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Modest Mussorgsky, it’s a good sign you’re truly one-of-a-kind. So it is with musical explorer Allison Crowe who, since creating her own record label in 2001, uniquely inhabits the world of song – continually adding breadth and depth to a richly expressive repertoire for piano, vocals, guitar and bodhran.

 

Crowe’s “supernaturally agile and exquisite voice” is complemented ideally by her international touring band: Céline Greb (cello, vocal harmonies); Sarah White (mandolin, vocal harmonies); and Dave Baird (bass). Longtime friend, musician and photographer Billie Woods contributes guitar and vocal harmonies to the band’s recordings. The combo’s gorgeously thrilling hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock bridges vital originals with fresh interpretations of classics by Annie Lennox and Gary O'Driscoll.

 

 

Alongside multi-genre concert and recording projects over this past year the Nanaimo-born, Newfoundland-based artist’s active as music curator and arranger for acclaimed stage productions of: Atlantic Canada’s folk and popular song; the collaborative works of Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill; and choral renderings of traditional Christmas carols.

 

A singular artistry and virtuosity make Allison Crowe performances legendary - and fun. In the Scottish Highlands she brought down the house on a bill with Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen's Music. In Hollywood Superman movie director Zack Snyder is outspoken in his respect and admiration. Touring with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet audiences responded with spontaneous standing ovations.

 

"The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life,” says longtime American public broadcaster Ross Hocker. “Allison has a special gift that is so very rare in musicians today. She is true to her mind, heart and spirit. She also has a most wonderful humor which envelops her audience."

 

"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," sums up Allison Crowe.

 

"Heirs + Grievances" is the debut studio album of Allison Crowe and Band (and the 20th release on Crowe's label, Rubenesque Records Ltd.) The digital album contains 13 exciting tunes and honestly potent performances. It’s a magnificent set of songs from Allison Crowe and her extraordinary band of musicians. The physical CD comes with a bonus, live, set – “Introducing”. Enjoy!!

 

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Glasbena poslastica iz zasede - March 17

 

 

Mandrač - Allison Crowe and Band feature - 17.03.2016

 

Mandrač, Slovenian journal of news and culture, today features Allison Crowe and Band in advance of the group performing in concert at Palazzo Manzioli, Izola on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

 

This article tells the magic of how things comes together as a consequence of dedicated and wondrous global arts patron and presenter Milka Smid-O’Reilly reaching out to Crowe years ago – seeking her help in obtaining permission from Sony/ATV, publishers of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, to allow a translation of the song into Slovenian.

 

Through their contact the country’s renowned and much-loved musician, Enzo Hrovatin, was enabled to make a version of this universal song in his tongue. The friendship formed then between figures of the cultural community in this European nation and the Canadian team of Allison Crowe has flowered beautifully ever since.

 

This Easter weekend, the exciting and amazing quartet of Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vox), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vox) & Dave Baird (bass) will perform in the restored Venetian late-Gothic Manzioli Palace - built in 1470 and now the heart of Izola’s Italian centre. Special guest is the delightful recording artist and music producer Martin Štibernik aka Mistermarsh.

 

Fittingly, with all the Irish roots on both sides of the water, this news adds to Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte, everyone!

 

 

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You All Haunt Me - Allison Crowe and Band - March 15

 

 

 

"You All Haunt Me" opens the debut album from Allison Crowe and Band: "Introducing / Heirs + Grievances".

 

More on this new double-album of music - and the band's concert tour - coming soon.

 

 

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Heirs + Grievances Tournee - March 10

 

These are the concert dates for my 'Heirs and Grievances' tour with the band. Let me know if you can make it to any of these! :) can't wait to see you all!

 

Heirs + Grievances Tournee 2016 - Allison Crowe and Band

 

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Heirs + Grievances Tour - Europe dates Spring 2016

 

24 March – concert – Mampf – Frankfurt, Germany

26 March – concert – Palazzo Manzioli – Izola, Slovenia

29 March – concert – Teatro del Sale – Florence, Italy

01 April – concert – Grüner Salon – Berlin, Germany

06 April – concert – Peterskirche – Vaihingen an der Zen, Germany - w. special guests Maskenball

08 April – concert – Stummsche Reithalle – Neunkirchen, Germany

10 April – concert – Alte Turnhall Grünbach, Engelsbrand, Germany - w. special guests – Mr. Knebel’s musicians – Joint Venture

12 April – concert – Birdland – Hamburg, Germany

16 April – concert – St. Mary in the Castle – Hastings, England

19 April – concert – Racines – Brussels, Belgium

 

 

 #music #newalbum #tour #ontheroad #band #europeantour

 

 

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Ready to rock and roll - March 10

 

 

The albums are all finished and ready to go for the tour starting next week!! woot woot!

 

Heirs + Grievances preview - Allison Crowe - March 2016

 

Allison Crowe @ https://www.instagram.com/allison_crowe

 

#newmusic #tour #europeantour #music

 

 

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#fiddle #bodhran #guitar #piano - March 9

 

 

This is actually a more accurate representation of what my day looks like today Hahaha ;)

 

instrument collage - Allison Crowe - Instagram March 2016

 

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#fiddle #guitar #bodhrán #piano #music #tour #europeantour

 

 

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#piano - March 9

 

 

Allison Crowe - piano - Instagram - March 2016

 

My view for today.

 

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#piano #rehearsal #nofilterneeded #music #europeantour

 

 

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"Introducing" label proof - February 22

 

 

And a little preview of the CD label for 'Introducing' (the live companion to Heirs and Grievances) designed by Celine Greb (aka Lin Lin)! Sooon...

 

says Allison Crowe @ https://www.instagram.com/allison_crowe

 

Introducing - Allison Crowe and Band - label proof - design by Celine Greb

 

 

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Fun ahead - February 12

 

 

Excited - Allison Crowe - February 2016

 

 

This is me being excited about all the cool stuff going on - SEEMINGLY ALL THIS WEEK ALL AT ONCE - some of which is truly 15 years in the making... can't wait to share with you all as it happens! First up, a super fun show on Saturday the 13th with TNL at the Arts and Culture Centre in Corner Brook - come see us! We're a lot of fun.

 

 Allison Crowe @ https://www.instagram.com/p/BBoQ171tSTx

 

 

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Introducing / Heirs + Grievances sneak peek - February 9

 

 

Introducing / Heirs + Grievances - Allison Crowe and Band - sneak peek

 

 

So excited! My new full band album 'Heirs and Grievances' is off to the presses tomorrow! Here's a little sneak peak of what it's going to look like with the cover art proofs! Art by Lin Lin - cover photo by Billie Woods. Release date coming soon, as well as our European tour!

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18

 

 

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day – celebrating the birth of the civil rights leader and marking the struggle for equality, justice and peace that continues today – here’s Allison Crowe with her guitar take on Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain”:

 

 

 

Paying tribute with piano – Martin Luther King Jr. Day musical celebration by Allison Crowe w. Patty Griffin’s paen “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)”:

 

 

 

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2016 - January 1

 

 

“Allison Crowe is an indie darling,” says Kyle Northrop, “grizzled veteran of the radio broadcasting industry”, in “iAm Indie: 15 for ’15”. Northrop’s album round-up for “BackLog Adventures” blog finds Crowe’s super, solo, “Sylvan Hour” keeping time with releases from Mountain Goats, Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, Father John Misty and fellow Canadians Metric, & Ben Caplan among others. “With a voice on par with Sarah McLachlan or Joni Mitchell, Allison Crowe is a true hidden gem.”

 

http://backlogadventures.com/2015/12/31/iam-indie-15-for-15

 

thing of the year - iAmindie

 

A singular artist, touring and recording on her own for much of this century, in 2015 Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran) made the transition to fronting a freshly creative and exciting musical group featuring: cellist/vocalist Céline Greb, guitarist/vocalist Billie Woods, multi-instrumentalist Sarah Melanie White, and bassist Dave Baird.

 

This news lands Crowe in “Monday Magazine's Top 20 stories from 2015”: http://www.mondaymag.com/news/363877541.html Laura Lavin, Editor of Monday, arts and culture monthly of Victoria, (capital city of British Columbia, Canada) – traces Crowe’s path from school bands in her birthplace of Nanaimo, BC to current work with Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador in her home of Corner Brook, NL and Summertimes as part of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival for which she musically directs TNL’s hit show, “Newfoundland Vinyl”: http://www.mondaymag.com/news/328960261.html (“Allison Crowe says so long to solo”).

 

2016 promises, firstly, “Introducing” / “Heirs & Grievances” – a double album, (one live set plus one studio set), from Allison Crowe and band – and then the galactically great show goes on the road. Happy New Year!

 

 

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Happy New Year!! - December 30

 

 

“Everywhere I look, (I say this very generally and broadly, but not vaguely), I see a lot of incredibly good and kindhearted people be really REALLY hard on themselves, in both words and actions, for no good reason and it breaks my heart. You deserve better. If you're going to resolve something for the New Year - whatever works for you - maybe add to resolve to try and give yourself some slack, because you're incredible. (I am most definitely also guilty of same, btw - and I do know that it's much easier said than done, but a reminder can't hurt hahaha) :) Anyways, just thinking of all my friends, and friends I haven't yet met, at the end of this year and want you to know how great you are. Yes you! XOXO PS if you resolve something and it doesn't happen - meh! You're still amazing! (And now, back to my coffee. I resolve to drink another coffee today.),” Allison

 

New Year's Countdown / Auld Lang Syne from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

 

Join Allison Crowe, family and friends ring in a New Year. (As well, Condor's birthday is five minutes following the count-down - on January 1st.)

 

This is not a dramatic recreation. This is the actual sound of celebration. Try this at home.

 

Dave Baird on bass. Kevin Clevette on drums. Allison Crowe may be on piano. You never know. A cast of many on vocals, horns, blowouts and other noisemakers and party favours. Frank Capra’s 1941 film “Meet John Doe” also makes the scene.

 

Gelukkige nuwejaar! Ilufio čtussé! Gëzuar vitin e ri! E glëckliches nëies! عام سعيد aam saiid! Shnorhavor nor tari! Amokitanone! Yeni iliniz mübarək! Aw ni san'kura! Mbuee! Urte berri on! З новым годам Z novym hodam! Shuvo noboborsho! Asgwas amegas! Mbembe mbu! Nauka sal mubarak hoe! Bonne année! Sretna nova godina! Bloavezh mat! честита нова година Chestita nova godina! Hnit thit ku mingalar pa! Sun lin fi lok! Bon any nou! Malipayong bag-ong tuig! 新年快乐 Xin nian kuai le! Bledhen nowedh da! Pace č salute! Sretna nova godina! šťastný nový rok! Godt nytĺr! Sale naw tabrik! Mbu mwa bwam! Gelukkig nieuwjaar! Happy New Year! Feliĉan novan jaron! Head uut aastat! Eƒé bé dzogbenyui nami! Mbembe mbu! Bamba mbou! Gott nýggjár! Manigong bagong taon! Onnellista uutta vuotta! Mikudo xwe yoyo! Lokkich neijier! Bon an! Dioul mo wouri! Feliz ano novo! გილოცავთ ახალ წელს Gilocavt akhal tsels! Frohes neues Jahr! Καλή Χρονιά Kali xronia! Sal mubarak! Rogüerohory ańo nuévo-re! Bňnn ané! Barka da sabuwar shekara! Hauoli makahiki hou! שנה טובה Shana tova! Ombura ombe ombua! Nav varsh ki subhkamna! Nyob zoo xyoo tshiab! Boldog új évet! Gleđilegt nýtt ár! Obi anuri nke afor ohuru! Selamat tahun baru! ᐅᑭᐅᒥ ᓄᑖᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒋᑦᓯ Ukiumi nutaami quviasugitsi! Ath bhliain faoi mhaise! Buon anno! Sugeng Warsa enggal! あけまして おめでとう ございます Akemashite omedetô gozaimasu! Aseggas ameggaz! ಹೊಸ ವರ್ಷದ ಹಾರ್ಧಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು Hosa varshada hardika shubhashayagalu! Nav reh mubarakh! Zhana zhiliniz kutti bolsin! Sur sdei chhnam thmei! Ngethi cya mwaka mweru! umwaka mwiza! ЖАӉЫ ЖЫЛЫӉЫЗДАР МЕНЕН Zhany zhylynyzdar menen! 새해 복 많이 받으세요 Seh heh bok mani bat uh seyo! Sala we ya nű pîroz be! Mvhura zompe zongwa! Sabai di pi mai! Felix sit annus novus! Laimīgu Jauno gadu! Bón ŕnno nęuvo! Bonana! Laimingų Naujųjų Metų! Gelükkig nyjaar! Omwaka omulungi! E gudd neit Joër! Среќна Нова Година Srekna nova godina! Arahaba tratry ny taona! Selamat tahun baru! Nava varsha ashamshagal! Is-sena t-tajba! Kia porotu te ano ou! Kia hari te tau hou! Navin varshaachya hardik shubbheccha! Kaoha nui tenei ehua hou! Ose:rase! Шинэ жилийн баярын мэнд хvргэе Shine jiliin bayariin mend hurgeye! Węnd na kô-d yuum-songo! Umyaka omucha omuhle! Naya barsha ko subhakamana! Ngeu' shwi pong mbeo paghe! Jostouse anna! Godt nyttĺr! Bon annada! Subha nababarsa! naya sar Mubarak! Ungil beches er rak! Bon anja! Nawe kaalmo mobarak sha! Gelukkig Nieu jaar! سال نو مبارک Sâle no mobârak! Szczęśliwego nowego roku! ਨਵੇਂ ਸਾਲ ਦੀਆਂ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ Nave saal deeyan vadhaiyaan! Bun di bun onn! Baxtalo nevo bersh! Un an nou fericit! С Новым Годом (S novim godom)! Ia manuia le tausaga fou! Luholâš uđđâ ive! buorre ĺdĺ jagev! Lihkolaš ođđa jagi! Leklvaz ođđ eeˊjj! Buerie orre jaepie! Nzoni fini ngou! Bonu annu nou! Bliadhna mhath ur! Срећна Нова година Srećna Nova godina! Mwaha mwema! Goredzva rakanaka! Nain saal joon wadhayoon! ශුභ අළුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා Shubha aluth awuruddak weiwa! Omaka t'etcha kin washte kte ni! Srečno novo leto! Dobir leto! Sanad wanagsan! Feliz ańo Nuevo! Wan bun nyun yari! Mwaka mzuri! Gott nytt ĺr! Es guets Nöis! Manigong bagong taon! Ia orana i te matahiti api! соли нав муборак Soli nav muborak! Assugas amegaz! இனிய புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் Iniya puthandu nal Vazhthukkal! Yańa yıl belän! నూతన సంవత్శర శుభాకాంక్షలు Nuthana Samvathsara subhakankshalu! สวัสดีปีใหม่ Sawatdii pimaď! Tashi delek! Sanat farah wa khare! Tshidimu tshilenga! Itumelele ngwaga o mosha! Posa varshada shubashaya! Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun! Gluk in'n tuk! Vyľ Aren! Щасливого Нового Року / З Новим роком Z novym rokom! Naya sal mubarak! Yangi yilingiz qutlug' bo'lsin! Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới! Ene boune anéye! Bone annéye! Blwyddyn newydd dda! Bon lanné! Dewenati! Nyak'omtsha! אַ גוט יאָר A gut jor! Eku odun! Barka'n da djiri tagio! Unyaka omusha omuhle!

 

 

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Merry Christmas!!! - December 25

 

 

In My Life” - those with us, those absent or departed. Sharing love, joy, and peace:

 

 

Allison Crowe takes us on a magical musical tour with The Beatles and more on “Tidings”: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/tidings

 

Salt Water Music’ has crested the air-waves on CFRC 101.9 FM sailing out of Kingston, Ontario since May 2007. Rob Carnell, the show’s captain and DJ embarks on Fridays, 6 – 8pm EST with a vessel full of the finest music from Canada’s East Coast.

 

Sharing barrels of fun and life’s true tales, today’s Christmas episode carries sounds of Dawn Chubai, Ian Sherwood, Coco Love Alcorn, Stephanie Beaumont’s Sea and Be Scene, Sleepy Driver (we’ve all been there post-meal!), and, says the good ship’s manifest, a full cargo of tunes from Allison Crowe’s “Souling” album – which serves up a cappella such traditional favourites as “The Wexford Carol” (from the full menu @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling-bonus-tracks-edition ) - and, for dessert, a treat from Crowe’s “Tidings Concert http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/tidings-concert

 

 

This evening, park your sleigh, join Santa, the reindeer and us all for a joyous ride with Rob Carnell on Canada’s “Salt Water Music”. Climb aboard from anywhere in the world - listen online @ http://www.cfrc.ca from 6 to 8pm EST tonight (check your local clock and compass for coordinates).

 

 

"Silent Night" - Allison Crowe from "Tidings".

 

 

Christmas Carols By & Memories From Allison Crowe

 

he jolly elves at “Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered” are well into the spirit of the season. And they have on their juke-box music from a certain bi-coastal Canuck, as the blog notes: “Allison Crowe’s resonant, rich, gorgeous voice seems as much a manifestation of Christmas as an instrument for singing holiday songs.” We join now Santa’s helper at the blog, Allan Showalter, and sing in Christmas!

 

 

ho, ho, ho... and mistletoe

 

 

The Christmas Song - December 20

 

 

The Christmas Song” brings us together ’round the musical hearth. Yule know this tune penned by Mel Torme and Robert Wells. It’s paired here with the Fleischer Studios 1936 Color Classics animated short “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”.

 

The Christmas Song from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

 

This a cappella performance is on Allison Crowe’s just-released “Souling (Bonus Tracks Edition)” – an album which expands upon a cherished release of last Christmas. To “Souling” Crowe’s added one more traditional carol plus characteristically distinct colourings of secular songs popularized by Elvis, Eartha Kitt, Louis & Ella, Nat King Cole and Stevie Wonder among others: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling-bonus-tracks-edition

 

 

 

 

Allison Crowe is on Muruch.com's Top 10 albums of 2015 - twice! - December 17

 

 

Murúch, the pioneering blog that’s been sharing music and culture notes with the world since 1999, has been making a list – and checking it twice for releases from Allison Crowe.

 

Muruch.com’s Top Albums of 2015” is coming to town – online you can enjoy all twenty discerning picks via playlists and widgets from Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud @ http://www.muruch.com/2015/12/2015albums.html

 

Sylvan Hour - Allison Crowe album cover (400px)

 

"Allison’s supernaturally agile and exquisite voice is especially stunning" on Sylvan Hour

 

Clocking the top ten albums of the year, Murúch’s fine hand points to “Sylvan Hour” at #10. “Recorded live in a log-cabin in the Canadian wilderness during a cross-country journey, Allison Crowe’s new album, Sylvan Hour, may be her best yet… Allison’s extraordinary voice is in its purest state accompanied only by guitar and piano,” says the site’s original review. “The music seems to rise from deep with her chest, sometimes ripping out of her throat in full roar, other times being restrained and shaped with the skill of a master sculptor. Sylvan Hour is truly a masterpiece.” http://www.muruch.com/2015/05/allisoncrowe-sylvanhour.html

 

2015 is the year that Murúch branched out into music supervision – curating, assembling and releasing a collection of visual art, music and spoken word poetry to benefit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network organization and helpline originally created by Tori Amos. “Muruch.com for RAINN” features contributions from two dozen artists including: Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, My Brightest Diamond, Pamela Means, Jen Hopper, Poe, Johnette Napolitano and Allison @ http://www.muruch.com/2015/11/rainnbenefit.html

 

Murúch has long been a champion of independent creators and, in a range of music genres, has an history of supporting new and left-of-centre artists who’ve gone on to broader public appreciation - acts such as Gaba Kulka, Amanda Palmer, She & Him, Lorde and Soak.

 

The blog’s profound understanding, and sharing, of music by Allison Crowe is so constant and resonant that Murúch, launched 15 years ago in West Virginia, sails o’er the bounding cultural main with a bi-coastal Canuck at the bow as musical mascot.

 

Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe (album cover 400px)

 

Curated collection of Allison Crowe's Greatest Makes Muruch's Top Albums of 2015

 

Capping more than a decade’s worth of releases by Crowe as a, primarily, solo artist, #3 on the Top Albums of the year list is a joint expedition across frontiers, the blog’s newest curation: “Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe”: “this spectacular, career-spanning collection features Allison Crowe’s most magnificent original songs as well as her mesmeric interpretation of ‘Hallelujah’ and other classic covers. Muruch.com also created the album’s cover art from photographs taken by our Editor in Newgrange, Ireland.” http://www.muruch.com/2015/10/allisoncrowealbum.html

 

Tune in, turn on and voyage this holiday season and beyond with the year’s finest albums – from Allison Crowe, Beth May, Alessia Cara, Rhiannen Giddens, Brandi Carlile and more - as chosen by Murúch.

 

 

 

ho, ho, ho... and mistletoe

 

 

The First Noel - December 15 

 

 

The First Noel” - a favourite from the traditional Christmas canon.

 

 

Late one afternoon, Allison Crowe took her place at the piano and performed the songs of “Tidings” live-off-the-floor – captured on film in real-time by director/producer Alex Postowoi and his crew: camera-persons Karen Duthie, Randy Rotheisler, editor Shirley Claydon and interviewer Steven Rosenberg. The audio’s recorded by Larry Anschell at his Turtle Recording studios in White Rock, BC, Canada.

 

Crowe's much-loved versions of carols alongside tunes from the popular songbook, by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and more, have been viewed and heard by millions of people around the globe - every sex, race, religion and creed+ without boundaries or divisions.

It’s an historic session that nearly didn’t happen.

 

On the way from Vancouver to the studio near the Canada/US border, the large industrial van carrying the musician, film crew, and the lighting and camera gear broke down and had to be abandoned on the median.

 

Once bodies and equipment had been transferred into friends’ passenger vehicles, including a Volvo sedan so weighted down its undercarriage sparked as it grazed the tarmac, all arrived at Turtle late in the day for what had been booked for a morning call.

 

Engineer Anschell said had it been any artist other than Allison Crowe he’d have cancelled the session and looked to reschedule, as there was not the time available to set-up and film/record an album of song material. Knowing Allison, though, “Turtle” let things proceed – and, between sips of water and tea, she performed each song in a single, first, take. The full recording happened in the window it takes to enjoy these videos.

 

 

 

 

Soul Cake - December 13 

 

 

An earlier form of carolling – and trick or treating, to boot - is the tradition of “souling” or “soul-caking”.

 

Soul Cake from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

 

As singers make the rounds, door-to-door, chanting ancient rhymes a welcome reward is a soul cake – for which there are a range of recipes.

 

Here’s one from Shropshire, a county in the West Midlands of England, that’s collected by Dorothy Gladys Spicer for publication in her 1960 book “Feast-Day Cakes from Many Lands”.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

6 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Cream shortening and sugar. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water to which a teaspoon of sugar has been added. Set aside. Scald milk and add to the creamed mixture. When cooled add yeast mixture and stir until thoroughly blended. Sift together flour, salt, and spices, and add gradually to other ingredients, kneading into a soft dough. Set sponge to rise in warm place in greased covered bowl. When doubled in bulk, shape into small round or oval buns. Brush tops with slightly beaten egg white. Bake in moderately hot oven (400° F.) for 15 minutes. Drop temperature to 350 ° F. and bake until delicately browned and thoroughly done.”

 

To join in the musical feasting, here’s Allison Crowe, with the first song track served up by her a cappella album "Souling": http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling-bonus-tracks-edition

 

 

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Santa Baby - December 7 

 

 

Allison Crowe hurries down the chimney for a special a cappella delivery of “Santa Baby” – penned by Joan Javits, Philip Springer, & Tony Springer.

 

 

This track is on Allison's just-released “Souling (Bonus Tracks Edition)” – an all-a cappella collection which expands upon a cherished album of last Christmas. To the original “Souling” collection, Crowe’s added one more traditional carol plus her take on secular songs popularized by Elvis, Eartha Kitt, Louis & Ella, Nat King Cole and Stevie Wonder. Happy holidays!

 

http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling-bonus-tracks-edition

 

 

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Introducing / Heirs & Grievances - December 5 

 

 

Allison Crowe & Band have just recorded a new album. Collectively, 27 song tracks (representing 20 unique song titles) will be released in the New Year from recent sessions at White Rock, BC’s storied Turtle Recording Studios and from a live concert in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Introducing / Heirs & Grievances - Allison Crowe & Band - album - ruff mix

 

Allison’s titled the studio set “Heirs & Grievances” and the live set “Introducing”.

 

Growing up on rock and popular music – before its mass corporatization – it was thrilling to experience the creative vitality, the ideas and sounds of such bands as The Beatles, The Kinks, Mott the Hoople, The (Small) Faces, Pink Floyd… and original voices on the radio and turn-table – Van Morrison, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Luke Kelly, Otis Redding, David Bowie, Elton John, Patti Smith and so many, many, more singular talents.

 

My rock/pop roots are seeded in a time before Allison and her fellow musicians are born. Thankfully, these new tracks deliver the same, genuine, feelings as did those recordings from such artists emerging in previous generations.

 

"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," says Allison Crowe. And she does - with bandmates Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Lin Lin (cello, vox), Sarah White (multi-instrumentalist), and Dave Baird (bass).

 

Melting down some lines lacquered on the body of an earlier water-shed recording of lore, “Introducing / Heirs & Grievances”, today, “is a magnificent album that pays off on every bet ever placed…”

 

Sláinte! Adrian (du Plessis)

 

Image: Allison Crowe & Band concert poster – photo by Billie Woods, art design - Lin Lin / Contour Grafix. Audio discs – studio session engineered by Larry “Turtle" Anschell, live recordings engineered by Brad Graham. Coming together in 2016 for release.

 

 

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Blue Christmas - November 29 

 

 

Composed by Jay W. Johnson & Billy Hayes, “Blue Christmas” was first recorded in 1948 by Texan Doye O’Dell - “All America’s Cowboy”. Several popular renditions followed – and, in 1957, another singer/actor, this time from Tupelo, Mississippi, stamped the song indelibly as an holiday classic.

 

Rocking and rolling into this season of joy and reflection is Canada’s Allison Crowe whose 2015 recording here gifts us one of the freshest takes on the song since Elvis Presley - “The King”.

 

 

This a cappella track is on Crowe’s just-released “Souling (Bonus Tracks Edition)” – an album which expands upon a cherished release of last Christmas. To “Souling” Crowe’s added one more traditional carol plus characteristically distinct colourings of secular songs popularized by Elvis, Eartha Kitt, Louis & Ella, Nat King Cole and Stevie Wonder among others: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling-bonus-tracks-edition

 

 

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Baby, It's Cold Outside - November 20 

 

 

Indoors, music-makers and music-lovers are radiating joy and excitement – but, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.

 

Here’s Allison Crowe with her a cappella icing of the Frank Loesser Wintertime classic. The musical stocking warms with glowing tunes from the popular songbook on Crowe’s just-released album - “Souling (Bonus Tracks Edition)”.

 

 

 

The genesis of “Souling” is found within the creative family of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, an Atlantic Canadian professional theatre company founded in 1979. Each Summer from 2012 through 2015 Allison Crowe's served as Musical Director of "Newfoundland Vinyl" – an hit stage show produced by TNL for the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Alongside this ongoing success, in 2014, TNL Artistic Associate SaraH McDonald invited the Corner Brook, NL-based musician to also be MD for a vibrant production of “A Christmas Carol”.

 

The Adaptation of this classic Charles Dickens story by playwright Jeff Pitcher, TNL’s Artistic Director, excited Crowe’s musical imagination – as did the desire of McDonald, the play’s Director, to incorporate songs in the style of Victorian Era carolers.

 

So inspired, Allison Crowe immersed herself in curating and arranging music for choral presentation – a process which gave an unique breath of life to these solo performance recordings. “Her arrangements are undeniably exquisite,” notes Celtic Music Fan.

 

In 2015, Crowe musically directs a new TNL show for the holiday season – “The Gift of the Magi”. O. Henry’s short-story is adapted for the stage by Jon Jory and directed by TNL’s AD Jeff Pitcher. Carollers in this show will perform favourite Christmas carols, and also modern, secular, tunes. And from these latter songs, popularized by Elvis, Eartha Kitt, Louis & Ella, Nat King Cole and Stevie Wonder among others, Allison Crowe’s selected the newest tracks for “Souling”.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Happy Birthday!! - November 16 

 

 

Happy birthday to one of music's immortals - Allison Louise Crowe - born November 16, 1981.

 

 

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Kidney Foundation original paintings auction full of art and heart - November 12 

 

 

A Brush of Hope”, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch’s artful campaign to help raise funds for people living with kidney disease has concluded with colourful flourish. Thousands of dollars have been raised for research and more – the final tally from paintings auctioned off on eBay is still a few strokes from completion.

 

Allison Crowe - A Brush of Hope - Kidney Foundation of Canada - 2015 painting

 

Allison Crowe’s painting – a scene of Newfoundland, which she loves – will soon be hanging in the home of successful bidder “o***o” who won the auction and this unique work of Canadiana folk art, nosing ahead of some fierce competition, with a closing price of US $102.50 = CDN $136.08 to go to the Kidney Foundation.

 

Congratulations and hearty thanks to “o***o” for your generosity! May Allison’s painting brighten your home and long bring you joy. Thanks, as well, merci beaucoup to bidders “3***I” and “j***a” who clearly wanted this painting, and came oh-so-close in the end. Cheers to all who’ve participated – for your support of this worthy cause and sharing in this fun way to fundraise

 

 

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Coming Ashore: Allison Crowe and Band with Recordings and Concert Joy - November 5 

 

 

Bi-coastal musician, who’s cameoed in the latest Superman movie and toured with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, brings her band to Canada's mainland for the first time

 

Islander Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran) and bandmates Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Lin Lin (cello, vox), and Dave Baird (bass) bring their singular hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock to mainland Canada with a concert at Vancouver’s St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.) on Friday, November 13 at 8pm.

 

This weekend the group is in recording sessions at White Rock’s storied Turtle studios with Engineer/Producer Larry Anschell (Pearl Jam, Bif Naked, Sarah McLachlan) – capturing what will be, either, Crowe’s fifth album of 2015 (including a 21-song curated collection), or her, first release of 2016.

 

Sylvan Hour is truly a masterpiece”, says pioneering culture blog Muruch of Crowe’s Springtime offering. “The music seems to rise from deep with her chest, sometimes ripping out of her throat in full roar, other times being restrained and shaped with the skill of a master sculptor.”

 

And, her newest song collection to reach ears carries forward with winning praise:

 

Newfoundland Vinyl 3 by Allison Crowe brings the beautiful winter breeze early,” says The Celtic Music Fan. “Allison’s music offers an “unique listening experience as I don’t think I have met a kind of style or recording like hers. The styles vary from traditional to modern… Fiddlers Green, The Irish Rover will appeal to lovers of Irish music. While the rest are infused in folk, pop and blues style… Allison Crowe’s arrangements are simple and they exude an intimate air which is rare these days, in a world where music is overblown or over-produced. You get the sense of organic simplicity in each track. It’s the feeling of coming home after a long hard day from work.”

 

“Further jaunts and ‘me boys’ abound with Crowe bringing a joyous appreciation to the traditional folk roots of the songwriting and authentic presentations… This is definitely traditional fare delivered with genuine, folk-honest class” notes Some Diurnal Aural Awe. “A fine guitarist and an absolutely stunning pianist, Ms Crowe plays and sings with a genuine passion that is completely void of vacuous histrionics. She skates the edges of soulful folk and folky soul with a commanding ease… With this release she accomplishes what few artists even attempt” is the comment @ “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll”.

 

Out now is "Souling (Bonus Tracks Edition)” – an album which expands upon Allison Crowe’s popular acapella release of last Christmas season. This year she’s added one traditional carol plus fresh takes on the secular holiday songbook. With characteristic distinction, Crowe’s crystalline pure approach brings new emotional colour to “Blue Christmas” and other classics.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

Allison Crowe Hits Home with "Newfoundland Vinyl 3" - November 4 

 

 

Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran) and bandmates Billie Woods (cello, vox), Celine Greb (cello, vox), and Dave Baird bring their singular sound and spirit in concert to Vancouver’s St. James Hall (3214 West  10th Ave.), Friday November 13 at 8pm.


Right now, “The Celtic Music Fan” adds warmth of home and hearth with the latest glowing response to Crowe’s newest album in the blog’s just-published review of NV3 – saying:


Newfoundland Vinyl 3 by Allison Crowe brings the beautiful winter breeze early”


Allison’s music offers an “unique listening experience as I don’t think I have met a kind of style or recording like her’s. The styles vary from traditional to modern… Fiddlers Green, The Irish Rover will appeal to lovers of Irish music. While the rest are infused in folk, pop and blues style… Allison Crowe’s arrangements are simple and they exude an intimate air which is rare these days, in a world where music is overblown or over produced. You get the sense of organic simplicity in each track. It’s the feeling of coming home after a long hard day from work.”

 

https://celticmusicfan.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/newfoundland-vinyl-3-by-allison-crowe-brings-the-beautiful-winter-breeze-early/

 

And here’s more warm words for “Newfoundland Vinyl 3”:


“Further jaunts and ‘me boys’ abound with Crowe bringing a joyous appreciation to the traditional folk roots of the songwriting and authentic presentations, storytelling to the fore… This is definitely traditional fare delivered with genuine, folk-honest class” says “Some Diurnal Aural Awe”.

 

http://somediurnalauralawe.blogspot.ca/2015/10/allison-crowe-newfoundland-vinyl-3.html

 

“A fine guitarist and an absolutely stunning pianist, Ms Crowe plays and sings with a genuine passion that is completely void of vacuous histrionics. She skates the edges of soulful folk and folky soul with a commanding ease… With this release she accomplishes what few artists even attempt; she makes a very personal statement using the thoughts and words of others,” is commented @ “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll”

 

Newfoundland Vinyl 3 - Allison Crowe - album cover

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

"A Brush of Hope" Celebrity Painting Auction Opens - October 31

 

 

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch, today launches its “Brush of Hope” Celebrity Paintings Auction on ebay. Musician Allison Crowe is delighted again by the opportunity to contribute to this great cause and campaign. Nowhere else can you see such a collection of works from a range of Canadians that also includes Leonard Cohen, Elizabeth May, Don Cherry and more.

 

The gallery is open! The Foundation tells us what it’s about:

 

“This is a rare opportunity to own an ORIGINAL, one of a kind piece of artwork by ALLISON CROWE. All proceeds from the sale of this artwork will go to support the valuable work of The Kidney Foundation of Canada by allowing us to continue our patient services programs, education and awareness initiatives and life saving research. These programs and services enable us to improve the lives of the 1 in 10 Canadians who are living with or affected by kidney disease.

 

Item Details: 8 x 10 canvas board, acrylic, signed on back”

 

Bidding runs from October 31st to November 9th!

 

Allison Crowe - Kidney Foundation - A Brush of Hope - 2015 painting

 

click on image of painting above - to go to eBay auction!

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Happy Hallowe'en 2015 - October 31 

 

 

I'm in your garden, sleeping in your flowers! Happy Halloween!

 

Allison Crowe - Hallowe'en 2015

 

Allison Crowe foto

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

(Through These) Heavy Graces - October 29 

 

 

Allison Crowe and bandmates Billie Woods, Celine Greb and Dave Baird rip it up at home – rehearsing a rollicking new classic, “(Through These) Heavy Graces”.

 

(Through These) Heavy Graces from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Allison Crowe Band backstage - October 24 

 

 

Last night's pre-show selfie! Thanks so much Sidney!

 

Allison Crowe Band backstage - l-r: Billie Woods, Allison Crowe, Dave Baird & Celine Greb


l-r: Billie Woods, Allison Crowe, Dave Baird & Celine Greb

 

Allison Crowe foto

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

This Ship Sails On - October 23 

 

 

When Allison Crowe first appeared on national television in her home country of Canada (some 14 years ago), television host Vicki Gabereau, “Canada’s Queen of Chat” observed: “You don't sound like anybody else, honey. Nobody sounds like you."

 

This holds true today for the musician (vocals, piano, guitar, bodhran, fiddle) and her bandmates: Billie Woods (guitar, vocals); Celine Greb (cello, vocals); Sarah White (multi-instrumentalist); & Dave Baird (bass, vocals).

 

The group group’s hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock delivers on Allison Crowe’s mission to make "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music”.

 

 

The band is soon to share its sound world-wide via concerts and recordings. Here’s a sample of what’s cooking as we join Allison, Billie, Celine and Dave at home with “You All Haunt Me”.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Newfoundland Vinyl 3 - October 22 

 

 

Raising a 'netful of music from Allison Crowe, here's "The Irish Rover", a traditional song popularized by Ryan's Fancy and others much-loved in Newfoundland and Labrador and well beyond.

 

 

This week brings the release of “Newfoundland Vinyl 3” - newest in the acclaimed series of albums refreshing folk, traditional, and popular music of Canada’s Atlantic coast. Waltzes, parlour songs, rousing tunes of land and sea emerge from Allison Crowe’s role as Musical Director with Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s hit show, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, at the annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

 

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Allison Crowe with Band: Revolution on its Way - October 22 

 

 

Allison Crowe, the amazing Nanaimo, Vancouver Island-born musician, home in Newfoundland for a decade now, is here in British Columbia this month to resume the launch of a new band and creative phase.

 

In the record-melting heat of this Summer, Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, bodhran, fiddle) and bandmates Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Celine Greb (cello, vox) and Dave Baird (bass) performed their first shows. The group’s hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock is next on-stage: October 23 in Sidney’s Charlie White Theatre; October 30 at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre; and November 13 at Vancouver’s St. James Hall. (NB “Tidings”, Allison Crowe’s Christmastime concert series, resumes next year in BC.)

 

Allison Crowe - rehearsal October 14, 2015

 

Rehearsal today! Woot!               Allison Crowe foto

 

Between concert dates the band is in sessions at Turtle studios in White Rock, BC with engineer/producer Larry Anschell (Pearl Jam, Bif Naked, Sarah McLachlan). Several of Allison Crowe’s 15 album releases, including the classics “Tidings” and “Live at Wood Hall”, have been captured by Anschell and his audio team.

 

Capping more than a decade of primarily solo touring and recording, Crowe has three releases coming this season.

 

"Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe”, out this week via Bandcamp, is a 21-song anthology and playlist curated by one of the first, and now longest-running, legal-mp3 music websites. The West Virginia-based culture blog gathers its personal favourites from her recorded repertoire explaining: “Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe has long been Muruch’s musical mascot, so it seemed fitting to celebrate her music along with Muruch.com’s 15th anniversary.”

 

 October 20, 2015 brings the release of “Newfoundland Vinyl 3” (on Bandcamp, iTunes et al), newest in the acclaimed series of albums refreshing folk, traditional, and popular music of Canada’s Atlantic coast. Waltzes, parlour songs, rousing tunes of land and sea emerge from Crowe’s role as Musical Director with Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s hit show, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, at the annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

 

Allison Crowe’s bond with the TNL family, and the region’s wonderful musicians and actors, provides inspiration as well for “Souling (Bonus Tracks Edition)” out this October 27 (worldwide through all major digital outlets). Expanding upon 2014’s singular all-acappella collection of sacred and traditional Christmas carols she performs – acappella and with choral-focus – select songs of heart and hearth from the popular songbook.

 

Concert, recording, and other Allison Crowe news is found on the artist’s original website @ http://allisoncrowe.com soon to merge with a band site currently @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/wordpress

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

"Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe" Now Out! - October 14

 

 

Muruch's bundle of favourite songs from Allison Crowe's recordings - beginning with "Lisa's Song + 6 Songs" (2003) up to this year's "Sylvan Hour" is now open for enjoyment!

 

 

"Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe” is now out via Bandcamp! This 21-song anthology and playlist is curated by one of the first, and now longest-running, legal-mp3 music websites. The West Virginia-based culture blog gathers its personal favourites from her recorded repertoire explaining: “Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe has long been Muruch’s musical mascot, so it seemed fitting to celebrate her music along with Muruch.com’s 15th anniversary.”

 

Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe - album back cover

 

Curated and Cover Art by Muruch.com

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

"Imagine" + "In My Life" - October 9

 

 

Remembering and celebrating John Lennon on this, the 75th, anniversary of his birth in Liverpool, England. Here’s Allison Crowe performing the peace anthem “Imagine”:

 

 

Here’s a “John” song from his time with the Fabs – “In My Life”.

 

 

Both, this Beatles’ classic, and the iconic “Imagine”, created during John’s solo years, appear in interpretations on the album playlist “Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe” coming this Monday, October 12 – Thanksgiving in Canada!

 

 

 

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"Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe" - October 7

 

 

In 1999 a teen-aged Allison Crowe was already building her legend as a musician – radiating from her birthplace of Nanaimo, BC to perform in nightclubs and bars up and down Vancouver Island on Canada’s Pacific coast.

 

That same year, across the continent in the USA, a West Virginia-based poet and cultural commentator was launching one of the first, and now longest-running, legal-mp3 music websites. Under the banner of “Murúch”, the Irish word for “mermaid”, pioneering Editor/Head Writer Vic and her team of writers and photographers still plumb the currents of music, books, film and other arts.

 

Murúch’s RSS feed is syndicated on Hype Machine, Elbo.ws, Livejournal, Facebook and Twitter… The site has been featured on VH1’s Best Week Ever Blog, The Woodstock Film Festival website, MSN’s Money Central Blog, Technorati’s Top 100 Music Blogs and The Guardian’s website.” Rolling Stone has reposted the site’s content, and its reviews are quoted “in countless press releases, Amazon and Wikipedia pages and even album liner notes”. Cited, as well, by the University of Maryland as an example of excellent critical writing – the fuller story of Murúch can be found @ http://www.muruch.com/about and http://www.muruch.com/2000/07/muruchhistory.html

 

Along their courses, sometime before Allison Crowe migrated to Canada’s Atlantic shores, making her home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland a decade ago, “Murúch” discovered Allison and has been a steadfast champion of her music ever since.

 

Mutual admiration and respect has grown through the years such that Allison’s honoured to be described these days as Murúch’s “musical mascot”.

 

Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe - album cover 600px

 

Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe” is a digital album, coming very soon, comprising the blog’s personal favourites from Allison’s recorded repertoire. Curated by Murúch, it’s a 21-song playlist that’s, both, passionately individual and universal.

 

Cover art is also by Muruch.com – pictured here on the album’s front is the entrance to Newgrange, the great national monument of Ireland that predates Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt. Photographed this Summer in County Meath, the triskele symbols on the giant stone carry forward from pre-Celtic and Celtic times to our age (even giving design to the centre-piece adapters for vinyl “45” RPM recordings).

 

It’s apt entry point for the intersection of 15+ years rocking and rolling by Allison Crowe and Muruch.com.

 

 

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"Allison Crowe says so long to solo" + hello to pink hair - September 23

 

 

“Allison Crowe says so long to solo”: Laura Lavin, Editor of Monday magazine, in Victoria, BC, Canada, puts a fine focus on the musical family formed around Allison Crowe – a group ready for artistic revolution and fun: http://www.mondaymag.com/news/328960261.html

 

Starting next month – Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Celine Greb (cello, vox), and Dave Baird (bass) join Allison (vocals, piano, guitar, bodhran+) on stage and in the recording studio. Early in the New Year, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sarah White unites with the band.

 

Long a supreme solo artist, Allison Crowe and bandmates are set to share with the whole world, via concerts, recordings, videos and more, "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music."

 

Allison Crowe - pink hair - September 23, 2015

 

"Decided to go back to my natural bubblegum pink hair... ;)" tweets @Allison_Crowe

 

 

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A Brush of Hope 2015 - September 14

 

In 2006, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, through Tim Fox and the team then at the Western Ontario Chapter, launched “A Brush of Hope” – a creative fundraiser with all proceeds going toward kidney research in Canada.

 

Each Summer, compact painting kits and canvases are distributed across the land to a range of community figures – musicians, athletes, tv personalities, politicians and more. The resulting gallery of paintings are then auctioned on eBay come the Fall. The auction runs October 31 – November 9, 2015.

 

A Brush of Hope 2015 - Kidney Foundation of Canada - Allison Crowe painting readied

 

Allison Crowe’s participated from the start of this artful campaign – and her paintings are now in several private collections. The paint has yet to dry on her pictorial representation of Summer in Cow Head, Newfoundland (above) – which is off now to the Kidney Foundation.

 

We’ll post word on this year’s auction and others involved – once the event organizers are ready to hang “A Brush of Hope” 2015!

 

 

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Takin' it to the street - September 7

 

 

The rock and roll circus comes to town - Allison Crowe with bandmates Billie Woods Music, Celine Greb aka Lin Lin and Dave Baird resume their musical flight!

 

Allison Crowe Band concert poster - Vancouver street 2015

 

Details of upcoming concert locations, ticket outlets and all, can be found on the Tour page.

 

 

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Some Diurnal Aural Awe on Spiral - September 4

 

 

It feels entirely fitting, as Allison Crowe and bandmates ready for recording sessions, the first non-solo tracks for Crowe since her album “Spiral”, a lovely review of that 2010 song collection appears now in “Some Diurnal Aural Awe”: http://somediurnalauralawe.blogspot.ca/2015/09/allison-crowe-spiral-album-review.html

 

 

Honest and Heartfelt, Both of Them” subtitles Some Awe - a writer, poet, and retired English teacher whose deep love and appreciation of music is woven into blog form.

 

And here’s the music from “Spiral” – produced wonderfully by Kayla Schmah: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/spiral-2

 

 

 

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Allison Crowe Band Rolls Ahead - August 30

 

 

Multi-instrumentalist Allison Crowe’s “supernaturally agile and exquisite voice” is complemented ideally by the sublime harmonies and stellar musicianship of her international touring band: Billie Woods (guitar, vox); Celine Greb (cello, vox); and Dave Baird (bass).

 

Allison Crowe Band - banner - 500 x 200

 

Bringing beauty and joy to the live stage as well as the recording studio this Fall – a trio of concerts are now set for Canada’s Pacific coast:

 

Friday, October 23, 2015 - Charlie White Theatre, Sidney/Victoria – Concert tickets go on sale this week in the Mary Winspear Centre Box Office – Telephone 250-656-0275 - http://marywinspear.ca

 

Friday, October 30, 2015 - The Port Theatre, Nanaimo – Concert tickets on sale starting this Wednesday, September 2 in the Port Theatre Box Office – Telephone 250-754-8850 - http://www.porttheatre.com

 

Friday, November 13, 2015 - St. James Hall, Vancouver - Tickets now available at BrownPaperTickets, the fair-trade ticketing company – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2237633 – and in Allison Crowe’s Box Office online - http://www.allisoncrowe.com/shoptickets.html  Concert tickets coming this week to: Highlife Records (1317 Commercial Drive), Red Cat Records (4332 Main Street), & Zulu Records (1972 West 4th).

 

Fuller details of all concerts and recording activities will be posted here on Allison's home website.

 

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"The Pardon" Digital and DVD release - August 26

 

 

monterey media, an uniquely independent film studio since 1979, announces the release of “The Pardon” in Digital (incl. iTunes). and DVD formats. The movie is now available for rent and purchase at Vimeo on Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thepardon

 

 

“A very thought provoking,true crime drama that examines the muddy-grey areas where victims, justice and love reside” says Amy Handler, Film International. “Jaime King lights up the screen… compelling,” – Kam Williams, Baret News Syndicate. “Oscar nominee John Hawkes is riveting” – The Hollywood Reporter.

 

The Pardon” trailer makes wonderful use of Allison Crowe’s version of “Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen masterwork. The film’s creators and distributors also have a presence on facebook - @ https://www.facebook.com/thepardonmovie and https://www.facebook.com/montereymedia

 

 

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Come Fly With Me Behind-the-Scene - August 13

 

 

In Hollywood, not too long ago, movie director Zack Snyder was putting together the soundtrack for his cinematic take on the Alan Moore-penned comic series “Watchmen”.

 

One particularly noteworthy scene played out to the sound of Allison Crowe’s much-loved recording of Hallelujah – the Leonard Cohen classic that’s been expressed in most ways imaginable. (This artistic association ultimately led to the director flying Crowe across the continent to cameo in his reboot of the Superman movie series, "Man of Steel".)

 

Considering the "Watchmen" scene was meant to be awkward and ironic, Snyder drew another breath and concluded Crowe’s performance was “too beautiful”, “too romantic” and “too sexy” for the film – replacing her version with Cohen’s original.

 

Allan Showalter, the ever-mysterious-and-curious eminence grise behind Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered" revisits that movie moment as only he can:

 

http://cohencentric.com/2015/08/13/leonard-cohens-hallelujah-mood-music-for-watchmen-superheroic-sex-scene

 

Night-owl-Spectre - Watchmen - Hallelujah - Allison Crowe Leonard Cohen

 

 

 

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Allison Crowe Band On-Stage - August 8

 

 

Canada’s Allison Crowe has emerged this century as one of the great popular songwriters and performers of the recording era. Amazing, fun, and exciting – her peerless catalogue and live shows are the stuff of legend.

 

"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make”, she explains.

 

Now, the Allison Crowe Band create joy and beauty anew each time they perform. Allison (vocals, piano, guitar, bodhran+) is joined by: Billie Woods (guitar, vocals); Celine Greb (cello, vocals); and Dave Baird (acoustic & electric bass).

 

For some upcoming European concert dates the quartet will include multi-instrumentalist Sarah White (in place of Billie Woods, who is oft-traveling on photographic assignments). There’ll be times, too, when the group performs as a trio and a quintet!

 

It’s early days, with band fotos and recordings still to come. To introduce the line-up readying for shows and sessions at present, here’s a composite image of Allison, Billie, Celine and Dave in their respective positions on-stage.

 

Allison Crowe Band - Celine Greb, Allison Crowe, Billie Woods, Dave Baird

 

Click on the foto above to view the band image in full-size

 

 

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"Muruch.com for RAINN" Benefit Album Features Three Allison Crowe Songs - July 30

 

 

Culture site Muruch, one of the web’s longest-serving supporters of music, this month launched its dream-project into the world – a benefit album for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network organization and helpline (originally created by Tori Amos):

 

Muruch.com for RAINN moves from the horror of sexual trauma to the incredible courage of survival, benefits the most worthy cause and is a magnificent, genre-crossing collection of music, poetry and art.”

 

Muruch’s musical mascot Allison Crowe (she sang ‘Ring of Fire’ in Man of Steel) donated not 1 but 3 songs to our Muruch.com for RAINN benefit album. You can hear the first, ‘Words,’ below and get it along with 24 other mp3s by donating $10 (or more) directly to RAINN through Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page.

 

“The album also features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, American Gods/Coraline author Neil Gaiman, My Brightest Diamond, Amanda Palmer, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, The Mynabirds, Allison Crowe, Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor and many more.”

 

The first song from Allison featured is “Words” - http://www.muruch.com/2015/07/wordsrainn.html – described this way by Muruch when it capped the blog’s list of Top 50 Songs of 2013:

 

 

“Though Allison apparently only took up the fiddle for the recording of this album, she already sounds like a folk fiddle pro in the standout track ‘Words’. What a lush piece of work that song is! There’s a touch of Celtic folk in the instrumentation, haunting backing vocals and a slow building, seething tension until Allison unleashes her wail toward the end of the song.”

 

Scared”, is second in the trilogy of songs Muruch presents on its benefit album http://www.muruch.com/2015/07/scaredrainn.html  Of this track, released on Allison’s debut disc, “Six Songs”, the musician says:

 

This song is about not being afraid to stand up for yourself and what you believe in, to speak out even in the most adverse of circumstances.”

 

 

Phoenix” is the third song Muruch includes from Allison’s on the benefit album - a song recording from “Sylvan Hour - Allison Crowe’s album released this Spring - http://www.muruch.com/2015/07/phoenixrainn.html

 

 

Enjoy the music – in audio and video – and, please, support the Muruch.com for RAINN project and cause :) Thank you!

 

 

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Between Two Trees - Allison Crowe Band - 30.06.2015 bootleg #2 - July 22

 

 

Bootleg video of the Allison Crowe Band captured recently on Salt Spring Island, Canada by Leslie Colley - “Between Two Trees” flows three-part harmonies of Allison Crowe accompanied by Celine Greb (cellist) and Billie Woods (guitarist). The band’s Dave Baird lays down the bass for this song penned by Charlie McKinnon of New Brunswick, Canada.

 

 

The tune was a hit for one of Newfoundland’s favourite music-makers, Harry Hibbs, in the 1970s. As Musical Director of “Newfoundland Vinyl”, a perennial favourite at Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Allison Crowe curates and arranges songs for TNL's wonderfully talented and spirited cast and crew.

 

The melodies are so rich and universal they’re loved across Canada and internationally – where e’er Allison and, now, her band tour. “She has renewed with stylish vigor traditional songs that deserve new life and interpretations,” says East Coast Kitchen Party.

 

 

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Muruch's RAINN benefit album launch! - July 14

 

 

While Allison Crowe’s been on the road this past month, debuting an amazing band (about and from which much, much more is coming), there’s been a truly marvellous creation released by the blog Muruch – among the web’s longest-running supporters of independent music and music, overall, and, of Allison’s music, particularly.

 

http://www.muruch.com/2015/07/rainnlaunch.html

 

We’ll have more word soon on this project and Allison’s musical contribution thereto – right now, here’s the big announcement from Muruch itself:

 

Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album & fundraising campaign officially launches this month! Donate $10 (or more) at Muruch.com’s RAINN.org fundraising page to receive your free digital album of Muruch.com for RAINN. This magnificent 25-mp3 album features:

 

Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, My Brightest Diamond, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Meursault, Elysian Fields, Pamela Means, Fisher, Catie Curtis, Anielle Reid, Heidi Saperstein, Hannah Fury and poets Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor, V. C. McCabe and Clementine von Radics.

 

The album also includes a beautifully illustrated 40-page PDF liner notes booklet featuring the striking visual art of Sandman illustrator Dave McKean, Kate Zambrano, Mandy Tsung, Amber Ortalano, Mark Demsteader and Anna Dittman.

 

Great music and art for the greatest cause! You can read more about the songs and poems in the Press Release and Muruch.com’s RAINN fundraising page.”

 

 

 

 

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Set Sail with Rob Carnell's "Salt Water Music" on CFRC+ - July 12

 

 

Rob Carnell - https://twitter.com/robertcarnell - is behind the mic each week since May 2007 for “Salt Water Music” – broadcasting on air and online on CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston, Ontario. Born in Placentia, Newfoundland – Rob’s an enthusiastic and enduring champion of East Coast Canadian music. He’s a wonderful supporter and friend to Allison Crowe and the diverse community of musicians in our Atlantic region. Worthy of weekly salute from us all!!

 

Rob’s show airs on Fridays – indeed, that includes tonight - from 6 - 8pm EST. Music-lovers around the world can listen live @ http://www.cfrc.ca/saltwatermusic_20150529 “Salt Water Music” is also heard aboard East Coast Kitchen Party - Thursdays at 6m AST – visit http://www.eastcoastkitchenparty.net

 

Salt Water Music - Rob Carnell - CFRC + East Coast Kitchen Party

 

Sea and be Scene” producer Stephanie Beaumont chatted with Rob for a profile feature @ http://seaandbescene.com/2012/06/salt-water-music-with-robert-carnell And, for a rare glimpse of the radio studio – from the Producer/Host’s side of the mic – check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9aSuUuQj8A 

 

And, be sure to set sail with Rob Carnell on “Salt Water Music” expeditions – and savour the riches of Canada’s east coast song-makers!

 

 

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 Allison Crowe's Diamond Jubilation at GMTF ~ July 8

 

 

Her eyes they shine like a diamond and her voice, piano and guitar-playing be just as crystalline pure in beauty. Musician Allison Crowe is a colleen welcoming all to delight, (not to beware), when she takes the stage this Monday, July 13 as part of this Summer’s “Who’s Darkening Our Door” concert series at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

 

Allison’s back home in Newfoundland following a triumphal concert series on Canada’s Pacific coast. Her performances – online and onstage - bring joy to millions of people. From her Corner Brook nest on this lovely isle she’s toured with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, appears in the newest Hollywood Superman movie blockbuster, and, each Summer, she returns to GMTF as Musical Director of “Newfoundland Vinyl” - the hit show conceived by Jeff Pitcher, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s Artistic Director.

 

Join Allison for a rousing concert of favourites from Joan Morrissey, Ryan’s Fancy, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, alongside modern classics by troubadours Gary O’Driscoll and Ron Hynes, her own internationally-acclaimed original songs and covers of the Beatles, Leonard Cohen and more.

 

Allison Crowe taps a vein of song that’s deep and wide as it is rich. Here’s one of the near 200 recordings she’s made – her take on the traditional “Black Velvet Band”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2C9qFAEHWI It’s a lively song popularly recorded on both sides of the Atlantic, including a version by the legendary 'His Nibs' Harry Hibbs - born on Bell Island.

 

 

This recording is from Allison's "Newfoundland Vinyl" LP, the 11th release (of 17 albums now) on Rubenesque Records Ltd. - http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/black-velvet-band 

 

West Virginia-based folk+ music afficionado, Muruch, comments on an ever-present facet - whether it's rock, jazz, classical, Celtic, blues, folk or other genres Allison’s soul-mining: "What a voice, what a voice, what a voice!"

 

Hear Allison Crowe in full glory – 8:30 pm, Monday, July 13 - The Ethie Room, Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins, 193 Main Street, Cow Head, NL. For concert tickets please visit http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/whos-darkening-our-door-tonight-2015 or phone GMTF/TNL toll-free 1-877-243-2899.

 

 

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Voyaging a Musical Galaxy ~ July 3

 

 

This inaugural music expedition is on the move! Allison Crowe and bandmates sail now from stellar concerts on Salt Spring Island and Pender Islands to slide gracefully into dock this evening in lovely Ladysmith, BC – “No Matter the Battle”:

 

 

Ryan McMahon, celebrating with his newest album, “Put Me Back Together”, is aboard for this 8pm show at Ladysmith First United Church – full details @ https://www.facebook.com/events/679018428893180  

 

 

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Bringing it to the Stage! ~ July 2

 

 

New band's hatched this week! Here's a pic from soundcheck:

 

Allison Crowe, Billie Woods, Celine Greb, Dave Baird - Summer 2015 soundcheck

 

l - r Celine Greb (cello, harmonies); Allison Crowe (vox, piano, guitar, bodhran+); Billie Woods (guitar, harmonies); and Dave Baird (bass - acoustic and electric).

 

 

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Rockin' the House ~ June 24

 

 

"Band practice!! Dave spinning his bass mid solo. Yup this is going to be an epic set of shows. So excited!!" says musician/photographer Billie Woods in posting this pic.

 

Allison Crowe Quartet - rehearsing, Salt Spring Island, Canada 2015 - Billie Woods photo

 

Billie Woods (guitar, harmonies) captures the band in mid-flight of rocking rehearsals on Salt Spring Island, Canada. l-r: Celine Greb (cello, harmonies); Allison Crowe (vox, piano, guitar, bodhran+); & Dave Baird (bass).

 

Concerts with the combo are upcoming on Salt Spring (June 30), Pender Island (July 1) and in Ladysmith (July 3). Visit the Tour section for details.

 

 

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Going Home These Nights ~ June 23

 

 

Allison Crowe and band create beautiful music anew when they launch a coastal concert celebration here next week in BC. The amazing vocalist/pianist/guitarist+ is joined on-stage by stellar company: Billie Woods (guitar, harmonies); Celine Greb (cello, harmonies); & Dave Baird (bass).

 

In tune with an artist discovered widely by audiences via the internet, Crowe’s box office online is abuzz – islanders will welcome music-lovers from Calgary, California, and as far afield as New Zealand to share  this special time together.

 

Opening night, Tuesday, June 30 in Ganges on Salt Spring Island, is on steady course to be a sold-out show at All Saints by-the-Sea.

 

On Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, Allison and her musical mates sail into Otter Bay on Pender Island - for a show in the Pender Islands Community Hall.

 

Canada Day week festivities dock Friday, July 3 on the big island as Allison and crew join true-grit troubador Ryan McMahon in performance at Ladysmith First United Church.

 

 

Here’s video of folks preparing for exciting musical discovery ahead!

 

"Wow! Just Beautiful!! Shoot for the Moon and you'll land among the Stars!" recommend those aboard the good ship Salt Spring Mercantile (harboured in SSI's Fulford village).

 

To plot the way with Allison Crowe and friends - visit  http://allisoncrowe.com/tour.html  and  https://www.facebook.com/AllisonCroweMusic/events

 

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Summer, swims and friends ~ June 22

 

 

Summer, swims, and friends - Allison Crowe photo

 

Summer, swims, and friends - Allison Crowe photo

 

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"Circular Reasoning" Comes 'round Again ~ June 21

 

 

Circular Reasoning” spins here with a 1933 and 1/3 Betty Boop classic from Fleischer Studios.

 

Musical time starts counting again with Allison Crowe’s “Sylvan Hour” wonderland: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/circular-reasoning-sh

 

 

Sylvan Hour is truly a masterpiece” says pioneering culture blog Muruch. (http://www.muruch.com/2015/05/allisoncrowe-sylvanhour.html)

 

 

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 "Now" ~ June 20

 

 

"Now": http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/now-sh

 

Allison Crowe from "Sylvan Hour" + the closing scene from "A Farewell to Arms" (1932).

 

 

Dedicated to the brave, amazing, inspiring Sara...h McDonald – with love, in peace.

 

 

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 "Silence" + “Ménilmontant” ~ June 18

 

 

Silence”- Allison Crowe from the sylvan castle on Salt Spring Island, Canada:
http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/silence-sh

 

Crowe’s musical performance is paired with an excerpt from “Ménilmontant”, the 1925 silent film from auteur, director, Dimitri Kirsanoff and starring his collaborator Nadia Sibirskaia and Yolande Beaulieu as sisters.

 

 

A treasure of cinema’s avant-garde, you can find the full (38 minute) movie in the Internet Archive @ https://archive.org/details/menilmontant1924-25 with commentary by David Badagnani, who notes:

 

“Its story is told entirely in images, without the use of explanatory intertitles; Kirsanoff was among the very rare filmmakers of the silent era to attempt this. The film makes use of techniques such as montage, hand-held camera, ultra-rapid montage, and superposition to achieve the elusive, transcendent quality of ‘photogenie’ so sought after by the French impressionist film directors of the era. Ménilmontant, thus, comes closer to poetry than to narrative prose.”

 

Sylvan Hour is truly a masterpiece” says pioneering culture blog Muruch. (http://www.muruch.com/2015/05/allisoncrowe-sylvanhour.html)

 

 

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 "Newfoundland Vinyl" Opens! ~ June 13

 

 

The curtain rises tonight for the opening of “Newfoundland Vinyl”. The show’s sold-out and there’s a waiting list for folks to enjoy this pressing of a perennial favourite at Newfoundland’s fabulous Gros Morne Theatre Festival!

 

The GMTF’s 20th anniversary season is underway – and it’s real celebration of the creative family that is Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (the Atlantic Canadian professional theatre company founded in 1979).

 

Conceived by TNL’s Artistic Director, Jeff Pitcher, the hit-stage show “Newfoundland Vinyl” is under the Musical Direction of Allison Crowe who’s been with the production from its launch in 2012.

 

Newfoundland Vinyl - logo by Ed Hollet

 

TNL describes the show opening tonight: “Hits of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s by Newfoundland’s biggest recording stars come to life! For your toe-tapping, tear-jerking enjoyment the music and songs of Ryan’s Fancy, Harry Hibbs, Gary O’Driscoll, Dick Nolan, Joan Morrissey, Bob Porter and more! A magical evening of music and madness with the hilarious Ed and Edna (Ed’s long-lost 3rd cousin twice removed) as show hosts!”

 

The wonderfully-talented cast bringing music and vitality to stage for Summer 2015 are:

Adam Brake, Craig Haley, Claire Hewlett, Stephanie Payne, Keelan Purchase, and Marquita Walsh. The production team is: Musical Director, Allison Crowe; Stage Manager, Stefanie Power; Sound Design, Max Simms; Set Design, Derek Butt; Set Coordination, Lisa Lahue; Costume Coordination, Lindsay Code; Original Lighting Design, Johnny Cann; and Lighting Coordination, Andrew Scriver.

 

“I have had such a wonderful time learning this year's crop of songs for Newfoundland Vinyl - from waltzes and parlour songs, to torch songs, to songs with the same spirit as 1960s protest anthems and beyond - simply great music from throughout the decades,” notes Allison. “The silly, the sentimental, the sad, and serene all converge in this GMTF show. I'm so happy that you're here to experience our talented cast performing for you with their hearts and souls. And what a gorgeous location for it! So, please, enjoy and do sing along!”

 

Newfoundland Vinyl” runs June 13 - August 28, 2015 – with performances each Tuesday and Friday in the Ethie Room, Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins. For complete schedule and show-times visit http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/newfoundland-vinyl-2015 and take in the full program of shows GMTF presents in Cow Head, NL – set in gorgeous Gros Morne National Park. Ticket details are @ http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/tickets/?p=newfoundland-vinyl-2015 and by phone (709) 639-7238 or toll-free 1-877-243-2899

 

Newfoundland Vinyl” logo design by Ed Hollet.

 

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 I Never Loved a Man... ~ June 7

 

 

Tides of relationships toss things adrift in this Fleischer Studios 1933 animated short, “Is My Palm Read”, starring Betty Boop and pals, Bimbo the Dog and Koko the Clown.

 

The song “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” was composed by Ronnie Shannon - specifically for Aretha Franklin for whom it became a breakout hit in 1967. He also wrote “Baby I Love You”, Aretha’s second gold song – released later in ’67 – as well as penning “Do Your Duty” for Bettye LaVette and other classics.

 

 

Allison’s Crowe's recording of “I Never Loved a Man” – now on "Sylvan Hour" - is captured live-off-the-floor, by engineer/producer Ryan Adams, in the log-home, “sylvan castle”, of friends on Salt Spring Island, Canada.

 

 “Hello all, the young lady did a jam up job on the song, Ronnie Shannon would have loved it," says the songwriter's friend, LaJay Alexander, with respect to Allison's performance.

 

Alexander and Shannon performed together in the Detroit soul combo “Ron and LaJay and the Fifth Proposition” and LaJay recorded the international hit, “Say So” for Shannon's r’n’b, soul, funk+ label, Black Gold, in the 1970s. Alexander notes that Shannon “is no longer with us, he passed away 2/9/09 in his home town Atlanta, Georgia.”

 

 

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These Words ~ June 6

 

 

Sometime the 'invisible monster' is within ourselves, sometimes it's outside, trying to break in... and there are times when it's both internal and external. "These Words" from Allison Crowe's "Sylvan Hour" explores such chambers. Visually carrying us into the psychic underworld is cinema's original "Phantom of the Opera" - Lon Chaney so darkly brilliant in the 1925 film version of Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel.

 

 

Sylvan Hour is truly a masterpiece” says pioneering culture blog Muruch. (http://www.muruch.com/2015/05/allisoncrowe-sylvanhour.html)

 

 

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Best Buds ~ June 5

 

 

Allison Crowe and Link - best buds

 

 

Snuggles with the best bud yesterday post- rehearsal. :)

 

Allison Crowe photo - with Link

 

 

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Skeletons and Spirits ~ June 5

 

 

Clock strikes 12 for the second time in a “Sylvan Hour” selection – awakening Allison Crowe’s “Skeletons and Spirits” in this recording from Salt Spring Island’s sylvan castle:

 

 

In 1933 Ladislas Starewitch and his daughter, Irene, produced and directed "Fetiche Mascotte" – in English “The Mascot” – and it’s an excerpt from this classic film seen here with Allison’s musical performance.

 

Stop-motion animation pioneer and imaginative genius Władysław Starewicz was born in 1882 in Moscow, Russia to Polish parents. Following the October Revolution of 1917, he resettled in France –adopting the name Ladislas Starewitch (or Starevitch). Creator of the first puppet-animated film, he’s legendary for his use of insects and other animals as film protagonists and for his fantastic, inventive, techniques.

 

Starewitch died in 1965 while working on “Comme chien et chat” (“Like Dog and Cat”). Since 1991, his granddaughter, Léona Béatrice, together with her husband, François Martin, has been restoring and bringing to the world his wonderfully artful films: http://starewitch.pagesperso-orange.fr

 

 

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 This Little Bird ~ May 31

 

 

Chiming from “Sylvan Hour”, Allison Crowe’s newest, classic, release is “This Little Bird”. Born on the Pacific, in the Harbour City of Nanaimo, BC, Canada – Crowe migrated to lovely Corner Brook, Newfoundland, on Atlantic shores right after recording this batch of songs. The bi-coastal musician’s creative flight shows she’s made good on her promise: “This little bird’s gonna see the good life has to offer / and how you can give your heart and still feel free”.

 

 

Accompanying Allison Crowe’s music on this video journey are scenes from “The Song of the Birds” – 1935 entry in the ‘Color Classics’ animation series of Fleischer Studios.

 

 

 

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Press Quotes - A Collection (click here)

 

 

Click a date/line for other 2015 and earlier news:

 

05/25 ~ Dreams Coming True

05/24 ~ Sweet Dreams

05/19 ~ Phoenix

05/15 ~ There Is

05/12 ~ A Case of You

05/11 ~ Effortless

05/09 ~ "Sylvan Hour is truly a masterpiece"

05/05 ~ Sylvan Hour Chimes Darling Be Home Soon

05/03 ~ Muruch Seeks Music & Poetry for RAINN Benefit Album

05/01 ~ Muruch Intros Subscription Service

04/29 ~ Artist Subscritption Launches

04/27 ~ Sylvan Hour Nears

04/24 ~ Unstable

04/22 ~ Crayon and Ink - Allison's National TV Debut

04/19 ~ Running

04/11 ~ Celebrating Al Pittman

04/08 ~ Minus 15...

04/08 ~ Hallelujah Considered

04/06 ~ Home Studio Hazards

04/05 ~ Circular Reasoning

04/04 ~ Newfoundland Vinyl in the MOCM

04/03 ~ The Caravan is Returning

03/27 ~ Sea of a Million Faces

03/25 ~ Northern Lights

03/20 ~ Montreal

03/17 ~ Black Velvet Band

03/13 ~ Tonight Will Be Fine on Cohencentric

03/11 ~ I Don't Know + The Phantom of the Opera

03/04 ~ Still Snowing

03/03 ~ I'm Alright

02/25 ~ Lyin' in Winter

02/14 ~ Bird on a Wire

02/13 ~ Oceans

02/11 ~ Chelsea Hotel No.2

02/10 ~ Choose to Be (Happy)

02/09 ~ I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

02/08 ~ Dearly

02/05 ~ "The Pardon" - Coming Soon

01/19 ~ Up to the Mountain

01/18 ~ Time After Time

01/08 ~ King's in the Kitty

 

 

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