News  Notes from Alley

River ~ November 25

 

 

One of the most beautiful, and popular, covers of Joni Mitchell’s “River”, is by Allison Crowe - first heard on “Tidings”, her classic album recorded live-off-the-floor in 2003/4.

 

The year after recording the audio album, Crowe returned to Turtle Studios in White Rock, BC, Canada – again with Engineer/Producer Larry Anschell, and, this time, also with film-maker Alex Postowoi and crew.

 

On this afternoon, in real-time, these same “Tidings” tunes were captured by camera as well as microphone – as the musician again performed the music in single, first, takes.

 

 

 

 

Here’s “River” from that session - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aB_YFW4-fU - and here’s Allison Crowe’s album version as it flowed: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/river

 

 

 

 

 

 

That Night in Bethlehem (Don Oíche úd i mBeithil) ~ November 23

 

 

 

"That Night in Bethlehem" is the third song track on "Souling":

 

 

 

 

 

I Saw Three Ships ~ November 22

 

 

 

 

"I Saw Three Ships" is the second song track on "Souling".

 

 

 

 

Alleyluja - Happy Birthday+!!! ~ November 16

 

 

“Hallelujah – you'll never guess what happens next!” ’s’how this might be tagged if it were ‘click-bait’. Instead, it is a playful bit of fun to share on November 16 in celebration of this 33rd birthday of Allison Crowe. Simply: “Alleyluja” :)

 

Born in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island and home now, for years, in Corner Brook, on the island of Newfoundland, nests that span the great expanse of Canada, Allison Crowe is singular in so many ways.

 

Her gifts and talents as vocalist/instrumentalist, composer, lyricist, arranger, performer and more place her among the greats of popular music.

 

In concert, people come for her varied repertoire of originals – favourites such as “Disease”, “There Is”, “Skeletons and Spirits”, “Crayon and Ink”, “Whether I’m Wrong” and plenty other songs she’s created since the start of a career launched professionally more than half her lifetime ago.

 

Loved as well, Crowe is, for her peerless interpretations – be they sea shanties of Newfoundland, or vital covers of modern classics composed by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, the Beatles, Phil Ochs, Ani, Tori, PJ or CCs…

 

 

Hear, in this bootleg from Firenze, Italy, from a concerto at Teatro del Sale, "Alleyluja".

 

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Happy Birthday, Allison Crowe!!! ~ November 16

 

 

Musician Allison Crowe, a true cultural great, turns 33 this November 16 - which is now in Newfoundland, Canada.

 

Here's the artist, clearly good with a line from earliest days...

 

Happy Birthday, Allison!!!

 

 

Allison Crowe - early fishing expedition - Crowe Family photo album

 

 

Crowe Family photo album

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

"Scared" Not ~ November 15

 

 

In light of our news (media reports) being full of violence against women, one of the web’s original music bloggers, Muruch, tweets: “I was just thinking about lack of anti-violence songs & wanting @Allison_Crowe to record one. I'd forgotten she already did. :)”

Among her passionate expressions of life’s dimensions, Allison’s extraordinarily diverse song catalogue speaks to themes of abusive relationships, self-harm, suicide, societal pressures, and more...

Muruch specifically highlights a song that addresses a culture of abuse, shame and silence - “Scared”: http://www.muruch.com/2014/11/allisoncrowe-scared.html

 

Allison Crowe - Scared - screen cap

In the video embedded by Muruch, Allison and bandmates Dave Baird, bass, and Kevin Clevette, drums, are seen in various locations on Vancouver Island, Canada – in Nanaimo and Victoria. The video-makers, Angela Kendall and Brian Dutkewich, would later make popular videos for a Canadian duo, Tegan and Sara. (For trivia buffs: in this vid, Allison’s father, Del Crowe, happens to drive by at one point, and, Allison’s longtime manager, Adrian du Plessis, is also caught, serendipitously, walking by as he waves to Del.) The song's audio is recorded by Larry Anschell of Turtle Studios, and features 19-year-old Allison Crowe and band.

 

 

 

 

"Someday at Christmas" ~ November 9

 

 

Songs of peace and freedom and justice for all – ‘t’is always the season. Allison Crowe here gives voice to such a tune that filled the air first in 1967 with Stevie Wonder:

 

 

 

Peace on Earth, goodwill toward all.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

"For the Roses" - Joni Mitchell Birthday Tribute ~ November 7

 

November 7 – today – we celebrate the birthday of Joni Mitchell, Renaissance woman of heart and mind.

 

 

 

Joni’s “For the Roses” is performed by Allison Crowe in tribute.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

"Souling" ~ November 2

 

 

Allison Crowe’s gorgeous voice brings tidings of comfort and joy with “Souling” – her 11th full album release.

 

 

 

The artist, one of our greatest living musicians, singer-songwriters and performers, has always created authentic music.

 

With this newest song set her voice is heard wholly a cappella.

 

The songs themselves have a purity of expression – a 21st century take on music of faith and spirit – sounds and themes aired by carollers and soulers of old.

 

The genesis of “Souling” is found in the bond Allison Crowe’s formed with the creative family at Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador. Founded in 1979, this professional theatre company presents a dynamic and diverse repertoire of plays and maintains, as well, a strong commitment to youth theatre in the Atlantic Canada community.

 

For these past three Summers TNL’s engaged Crowe as Musical Director of “Newfoundland Vinyl” - a perennial favourite at the annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Following another hit season at GMTF, in late August of this year TNL Artistic Associate SaraH McDonald invited the Corner Brook, NL-based musician to serve the same role with 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 carollers.

 

So inspired, Allison Crowe immersed herself in curating the music for the abundantly-talented, multi-aged, choir of singers who’ll perform in “A Christmas Carol” at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre from November 27th – 30th, 2014.

 

This artistic process of selection and arrangement led to her recording solo versions of those songs that will receive another distinct breath of life from the TNL vocal ensemble.

 

(In parallel fashion, the first season’s run of “Newfoundland Vinyl” brought forth Allison Crowe’s album of the same name – one of 2013’s top recordings. Culture blog Muruch praised it as a “lovely, vintage collection of traditional Irish and Canadian folk ballads, lively sea chanteys and drinking songs, parlour songs and country tunes” possessing “unique charm” and “the timeless beauty of a classic folk album”.)

 

In 2003, (and expanded in 2004), Allison Crowe released Tidings – an album of singular interpretations - “River” (Joni Mitchell), “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen), “In My Life” (The Beatles) and more from the secular canon – alongside such favourite traditional carols as “Silent Night”, “The First Noel”, and “O Holy Night”. Tidings has proven to be a modern classic – “music for the season and all time”.

 

This time out, as befits TNL’s telling of “A Christmas Carol”, Allison Crowe gives pure voice to the sacred songbook. “Souling” is:

 

Soul Cake
I Saw Three Ships
That Night in Bethlehem (Don Oíche úd i mBeithil)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Wexford Carol
The Holly and the Ivy
In the Bleak Midwinter (Cranham)
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Once in Royal David’s City
Wassail Song

 

Souling” is available now via Allison Crowe’s own website @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling as well as on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/souling/id933188580 plus CD Baby @ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/allisoncrowe10 and all major digital music outlets worldwide.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

"Soul Cake" ~ November 1

 

 

A treat this weekend - and a musical preview of Allison Crowe's newest album - "Souling".

 

 

 

 

Here's the first track - a traditional song for souling.

 

Full music and details will be shared this Sunday, November 2 - All Soul's Day.

 

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

 


Press Quotes - A Collection (click here)

 

 

Click a date/line for other 2014 and earlier news:

 

 

10/26 ~ "Souling"

10/25 ~ Pandora Pours a Cuppa "Newfoundland Vinyl"

10/23 ~ 16 Songs (Couch-Player+)

10/09 ~ In My Life

10/08 ~ #16 of 16 Songs - Throw Your Arms Around Me

10/07 ~ Unexpected Diversion Ahead

10/07 ~ #15 of 16 Songs - Alive and Breathing

10/06 ~ #14 of 16 Songs - Running for Home

10/05 ~ #13 of 16 Songs - Double-Edged Swords

10/04 ~ #12 of 16 Songs - Josephine

10/03 ~ #11 of 16 Songs - Effortless

10/02 ~ #10 of 16 Songs - Sweet Dreams

10/01 ~ #9 of 16 Songs - Spiral

09/30 ~ #8 of 16 Songs - Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

09/29 ~ #7 of 16 Songs - Running

09/28 ~ #6 of 16 Songs - Doughnut Song

09/27 ~ #5 of 16 Songs - There Is

09/26 ~ #4 of 16 Songs - Creep

09/25 ~ #3 of 16 Songs - Circular Reasoning

09/24 ~ #2 of 16 Songs - Why

09/23 ~ #1 of 16 Songs - Disease

09/22 ~ "16 Songs" Video Album from Allison Crowe = Music + Movie Magic

09/09 ~ Why - Special Screening

09/08 ~ Sing Out! In Our Global Village

09/07 ~ It's a bird, it's a plane... it's Allison Crowe

08/28 ~ 16 Songs - Video Album

08/24 ~ GMTF Company Makes a Splash for ALS Challenge

08/23 ~ NewFound Friends @ GMTF

08/13 ~ 20 Down: "Everyone is attached to singer Crowe (7)"

08/01 ~ Song of the Summer! "Circular Reasoning" + "Prix de beauté"

07/31 ~ "Believe Me If All" Live Jazzhaus Freiburg

07/23 ~ We have a voice, still...

07/19 ~ "Lisa's Song" - Live Series

07/19 ~ "Running for Home" - Live Series

07/13 ~ "Easy" Allison Crowe - Live Jazzhaus Freiburg

07/11 ~ "Newfoundland Vinyl: The 'C' Side" Opens

07/09 ~ "I want to live..."

06/28 ~ Canada & Memorial Days, Pretzelfest & Independence Day + Allison Crowe's State of the Union

06/28 ~ Secrets Live

06/24 ~ Music Hath Charms

06/22 ~ Skeletons and Spirits Live in Freiburg

06/22 ~ Running for Home "flake"

06/21 ~ Famous Blue Raincoat "flake"

06/17 ~ Between Two Trees

06/14 ~ My Funny Valentine

06/06 ~ Musica

06/02 ~ Jazz

05/25 ~ Allison Crowe video from Europe tour

05/12 ~ Allison Crowe ist in der Scene in Neunkirchen (Saar)

05/11 ~ Einer Frohen Muttertag! Happy Mother's Day!

05/03 ~ Sie Liebt Dich

04/24 ~ Allison Crowe Drives to New Lands: "Heavy Graces" Tour on Deck

04/21 ~ Happy Easter! - Tarry Trousers

04/02 ~ Spotify, Pandora dd more Allison Crowe music

03/26 ~ Tonight Will Be Fine

03/18 ~ Silence - Corner Brook Café

03/17 ~ Happy St. Patrick's!!

03/11 ~ "Time After Time" - live (Nanaimo Tidings Concert)

03/08 ~ Disease (White Rock/Corner Brook) - complete

03/05 ~ Screen Caps - Video Series Upcoming

02/27 ~ Disease (White Rock/Corner Brook)

02/26 ~ Europe Tournee May 2014

02/23 ~ All About Jazz

02/07 ~ Do touch that dial

02/07 ~ Revolution in the air

02/02 ~ "Imagine" peace again and again

25/01 ~ Song of the Year, Top Album Nods for Allison Crowe

19/01 ~ Silent Night

12/01 ~ Superfun Year

10/01 ~ Words - Song of the Year

05/01 ~ Easy Livin', Lovin' Joy!

02/01 ~ "Something to Crowe About" Sings Telegram

 

 

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