15 Years of Rubenesque Records - August 23
My record company turned 15 today - besides feeling 100 years old, I feel other things. I feel lucky to get to do what I do, even though I absolutely want to throw up my hands and quit sometimes. I feel hopeful that there is art in this world and that there is expression - I wouldn't be here without it. I feel grateful to somehow always be surrounded by giant hearts with bodies who inspire me when I stop believing inspiration is even a thing. I feel like if you don't like what you're listening to, or writing, or anything - and you think those days are gone and that those things are dead - write what you believe. Create the art your soul is missing. Share it and listen in return to your kindred spirits. They're waiting just like you are. Actively search. Communicate what you can and listen until you can't anymore. Find the medium that works for you. Just love. Just do. ~ Allison
Allison Crowe's Rubenesque Records Celebrates - August 23
Rubenesque Records, the music label of Allison Crowe, is 15.
Rubenesque logo - conceived by Allison Crowe & designed by Lin Lin
An artist, a person with the integrity of this Canadian islander was always going to find her own way and on August 23, 2001, Allison incorporated Rubenesque Records Ltd. and carried on the road less-traveled – stating: "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make."
Righteous Babe Record’s founders, musician Ani DiFranco and manager Scot Fisher, remain a model of truly independent spirit and creativity in today’s record industry – hopeful proof that "If you are disgustingly sincere and terribly diligent, there are ways for any serious artist to operate outside the corporate structure."
Rubenesque Records marks its 15th year with the debut of Allison Crowe and Band – “Introducing / Heirs + Grievances” – the 20th release by the label, and the launch of another, exciting, creative phase.
Virtuosic, versatile and visceral – Allison Crowe’s amazing body of work is experienced through more than 150 original song recordings, on board with Canadiana, sea chanteys, Celtic aires, hymns, carols, tunes of Newfoundland and Labrador, centuries-old broadside ballads renewed, as well as singular interpretations of Counting Crows, Pearl Jam, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos, The Beatles, Broadway, jazz, soul and so much else.
“Allison Crowe August” is what DJ Mark Jabroni of CHMR Radio in St. John’s, NL has proclaimed this month. Rubenesque itself has some special music releases, tours, concerts and more fun in the works to celebrate with gusto this August – and everything after.
Right now, bridging the years, here’s vintage video of Allison performing in Vienna early this century paired with audio from her band’s most recent concert in Vancouver. “Secrets”, Allison Crowe’s piano and vocals with cellist Lin Lin is part of “Introducing”, the live disc half of Rubenesque’s newest (RRL 00020). Sláinte mhaith!!
"Allison Crowe's Resonant Echoes of Woodstock" - August 19
Blogger Allan Showalter, a literary locksmith transcending via “Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered”, the online key for many a pair of Cohenphilic roller skaters, today picks a classic from the Woodstock era: “Allison Crowe Revitalizes Melanie’s “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”:
"Allison Crowe’s Resonant Echoes Of Woodstock
Allison Crowe’s cover of Melanie Safka’s hymn to peace and love merits special attention.
First, the story of the song’s creation is necessary..."
CHMR's A-show Marks Week 3 of "Allison Crowe August" - August 19
“Allison Crowe August” Week 3 is the main event on today’s card as CHMR 93.5FM Radio (http://www.mun.ca/chmr) double-teaming DJs FanBoy Mark Jabroni and Reverend Jason Cantwell keep up their musical A-show. You can even phone in, or email a request, to ‘The Friday Morning Markout’, ‘Ring-Rust’, and ‘Uberswank’. All the music of Allison Crowe is the big draw. Her band’s debut, “Introducing / Heirs + Grievances” can be won. Listen in online for the latest sounds of this month-long slow burn. Search "CHMR's RING RUST" on the Stitcher app, or listen live via http://www.chmr.ca/main.html
Week 2 of "Allison Crowe August" Live - August 12
Woke this morning to the sounds of ‘The Friday Morning Markout’ on CHMR Radio – with genial show-host FanBoy Mark Jabroni ringing in “week 2 of #AllisonCroweAugust!”
Hearing the DJ spin almost the entire two-night concert set of Allison – “Live at Wood Hall” – on the air’s a welcome reminder of how great is this release: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/live-at-wood-hall It’s an all-time fan fave, particularly in Europe where the sound of solo voice and piano is especially appreciated. Here’s a capsule description from when Rubenesque Records first posted this double-disc – dim the lights and enjoy the concerts:
Live at Wood Hall is an exciting journey through Allison Crowe's concert repertoire, recorded with a simple clarity in the converted chapel of Victoria (B.C.)'s Conservatory of Music. Alongside more than an album's worth of original songs of love and hope, social and political conscience, and real beauty, Allison covers cherished favourites - including Ani DiFranco ("Independence Day"), Counting Crows ("A Murder of One"), Tori Amos ("Playboy Mommy"), Janis Joplin ("Me and Bobby McGee"), and John Lennon ("Imagine"). Colours in the artist's musical palette range from roots & blues, through folk, pop/rock, jazz and Broadway. There's even a traditional Irish aire, "Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms)", sung acappella. Once again, Larry Anschell (Turtle Studios) captures the music on tape and Alix Whitmire designs the beautiful artwork/CD cover. " 'Music, man, that's where it's at'/ it is a religious line/ outside, the chimes rung/ an they/ are still ringin."
Full album credits, track-listing and all at the link below. And, to enjoy week 3 of “Allison Crowe August” upcoming - search "CHMR's RING RUST" on the Stitcher app, or listen live via http://www.chmr.ca/main.html
Lisa Marie Remembered - Today in The Toronto Star - August 7
Lisa Marie Young is remembered today by her Mother Joanne Young and friend, Dallas Hulley, in The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/08/06/inquiry-brings-back-memories-of-nanaimo-woman-missing-since-2002.html
Allison Crowe wrote “Lisa’s Song” in 2002 for Lisa and her family.
National and international focus can hopefully help people come forward to say who’s involved and what happened after the “Jag guy” Chris Adair took Lisa from the house-party where she’d been celebrating with friends – now 14 years ago.
Those who know the truth and fear reprisals, anyone wary of communicating within Nanaimo and environs can know there are options now to get the truth out – where it can matter. The Toronto Star’s reporter on the story, Verity Stevenson, the investigative team in Australia and other countries behind the true crime podcast ‘Casefile’, and the commissioners and staff, in Ottawa and beyond, conducting the just-launched Canadian federal government inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women – all present new channels to confidentially share information. Others are ready to listen now as well when people reach out to tell more of Lisa's story.
"Allison Crowe August" and Everything - August 3
Corner Brook's Allison Crowe, internationally-heralded recording artist and touring sensation, returns to the Gros Morne Theatre Festival concert stage to share a repertoire of gorgeously thrilling rock, jazz, Celtic, folk, roots, pop and soul music that's bound to include selections from Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador's hit show "Newfoundland Vinyl". Allison (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle and bodhran) is joined in concert by very special guests, Sarah White (mandolin, guitar and vocals) and Dave Baird (bass) for a midsummer's night full of fun and celebration. (http://music.allisoncrowe.com)
CHMR’s Mark Jabroni, Host of The Friday Morning Markout, Ring-Rust, and Uberswank, raises the banner on “Allison Crowe August”, declaring: “Every Friday in August, the music of Allison Crowe will fill the CHMR airwaves! Including her new double CD!”: http://www.mun.ca/chmr
And in this Corner Brook - on the Mark all month with FanBoy Jabroni (http://markjabroni.s5.com) and the Reverend Jerry Cantwell on CHMR 93.5-FM tag-team broadcasting from the campus of Memorial University, St. John’s, NL. Check the slamming schedule @ http://www.mun.ca/chmr/main.html and tune in from anywhere in the world. Join the fray at Ring Rust: https://www.facebook.com/CHMRsRingRust
The celebrating started early with a salute to and from Stephanie Beaumont of “Sea and Be Scene”, stellar supporter of East Coast culture on the occasion of SABS’ 6th anniversary: http://seaandbescene.com/2016/07/sabs-6th-birthday-salute-for-july-29th
Find out what’s on Allison’s Summer musical menu via “Sea and Be Scene” and in sister NL newspaper links here as well! Here’s a taste…
"Between the recording and playing of music and her work in theatre, Allison Crowe's life as a Corner Brook-based artist sees little rest. This summer has been no exception," writes Danette Dooley.
Dooley catches up with Crowe between performances of "Neddy Norris Night" and "Newfoundland Vinyl: The Greatest Hits" at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival -- and days before the musician's own concert, with very special guests, this coming Friday night (9pm, August 5), at GMTF.
All the news from stage and studio -- with Allison Crowe and Band's debut album -- live in The Western Star @ http://www.thewesternstar.com/Living/2016-08-01/article-4603029/Allison-Crowe-taking-on-new-challenges-in-busy-artistic-year/1
The Telegram, singing from St. John's, keeps up the chorus of Danette Dooley's feature in the sister to "The People's Paper": "Allison Crowe taking on new challenges in busy artistic year": http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/2016-08-01/article-4603029/Allison-Crowe-taking-on-new-challenges-in-busy-artistic-year/1
Allison Crowe w. guests in Concert is part of GMTF's "Who's Darkening Our Door" Concert Series. Concerts are performed in the Ethie Room, Shallow Bay Motel, 193 Main Street, Cow Head, NL, A0K 2A0
For tickets and more info call: show contact info or toll-free show contact info or visit: https://tickets.theatrenewfoundland.com/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent165.html
$30.00+HST adults; $15.00+HST students - Thanks!
Wishing you and yours the very best this Regatta Week and Summerlong!
Allison Crowe's Busy Year Features in Sister Papers - August 1
“Between the recording and playing of music and her work in theatre, Allison Crowe's life as a Corner Brook-based artist sees little rest. This summer has been no exception,” says Western Star writer Danette Dooley.
Dooley catches up with Crowe between performances of “Neddy Norris Night” and “Newfoundland Vinyl: The Greatest Hits” at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival – and days before the musician's own concert, with very special guests, this coming Friday night (August 5), at GMTF.
All the news from stage and studio – with Allison Crowe and Band’s debut album – live today in The Western Star @ http://www.thewesternstar.com/Living/2016-08-01/article-4603029/Allison-Crowe-taking-on-new-challenges-in-busy-artistic-year/1
The Telegram, singing from St. John’s, Newfoundland, keeps up the chorus of Danette Dooley's feature in the sister to "The People's Paper": “Allison Crowe taking on new challenges in busy artistic year”: http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/2016-08-01/article-4603029/Allison-Crowe-taking-on-new-challenges-in-busy-artistic-year/1
Foto Fun - July 31
Fun reveal - Allison Crowe's foto for "Sea and Be Scene" - to celebrate the 6th anniversary of Stephanie Beaumont's site saluting East Coast Canada! (with a contest, to boot) http://seaandbescene.com/2016/07/sabs-6th-birthday-salute-for-july-29th
Sea and Be Scene's 6th Anniversary Salute! - July 29
and Be Scene” is “celebrating 6 years of
And there’s plenty that does! Rolling with this month’s anniversary fun, SABS catches up with “the truly gifted, ever gorgeous, always creative - Allison Crowe”. Find out what’s on Allison’s Summer musical menu and enter the stellar contests Stephanie’s rounded up for this big celebration! http://seaandbescene.com/2016/07/sabs-6th-birthday-salute-for-july-29th
Hearty congrats to Diane Arsenault of Beaver Cove, NS who’s already won a copy of “Heirs + Grievances”, the debut album from Allison Crowe and Band.
Allison and all of us salute Stephanie and “Sea and Be Scene” on this special anniversary!! Thanks for your super support of Maritime and Atlantic Canada @ http://seaandbescene.com &
Release (27.07.2001) - July 27
15 years ago to this hour, Allison Crowe, one of our truly great musical artists and live performers, in any genre, performed her first international concert with her own band. Allison’s rock-jazz+ trio comprised herself on vocals and keyboard (this was pre-guitar, fiddle and bodhran shows), Dave Baird on bass and Kevin Clevette on drums.
Allison’s combo launched the opening night of the WorldWide Jammer Convergence (WWJC) in Seattle, Washington – an event which brought together Pearl Jam fans from all across the USA and world. After a full set of her band repertoire, and a couple of encores – Allison came back to perform solo this Pearl Jam song, “Release”:
In 2001, cameras and portable devices were not the feature they are at concerts today, and we’re so fortunate that Jammer Pam Abramowicz Wolfers captured this musical moment in time. WWJC organizer and event MC Sandi Heinrich takes the mic for a final note to this historic night of rock and roll.
The Elusive Resurrection - July 26
Times of great trouble in this world. Times, also, of great inspiration. And of great hope.
Hear “The Elusive Resurrection”, from Newfoundland poet Al Pittman’s first collection (Brunswick Press, 1966*):
“Oh for the strength
the indomitable courage
to cast away
and leap to life
to run and sing
to free these lips
that now do nothing
and would kiss
into the sun and stars
what little of heaven
has been given us
Another NL great, singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, turned a poem from Pittman’s final collection, “Thirty-for-Sixty”, (published by Breakwater Books in 1999*), into a song. Musician Allison Crowe, home in Corner Brook, NL, where Al Pittman grew up, delivers here the essence of those words:
* Both poems appears in Breakwater’s 2015 release “Al Pittman: Collected Poetry”.
Lisa Marie Young's Story on Casefile - July 24
The case of Lisa Marie Young of Nanaimo, Canada is focus of the latest episode (26) of ‘Casefile’, an haunting Australian+ true crime podcast featured in Rolling Stone and on iTunes. It can be heard desk-top via Soundcloud @ https://soundcloud.com/casefile/case-26-lisa-marie-young and on devices @ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/case-26-lisa-marie-young/id998568017?i=1000372988520&mt=2 and http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/casefile-true-crime-podcast/e/45496269 (+ numerous podcast-playing apps for, both, apple and android).
Musician Allison Crowe wrote “Lisa’s Song” for Lisa, a school-mate, and for Lisa’s family in 2002. It’s now over 14 years since loved ones last saw Lisa – daughter, sister, niece, grand-daughter, cousin, mentor, friend and all else that’s Lisa. Her story from June 30, 2002 is tragic. And it needs to be told until there is justice and, ultimately, some closure: http://www.allisoncrowe.com/lisaspage.html
In December 2015, Canada’s government announced an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women in this country. Draft terms of reference, recently leaked online, “do not go far enough in scope to look specifically at the effects indifferent or ineffective policing has had on families," says Sheila North Wilson, Grand Chief, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/mmiw-inquiry-violence-prevention-1.3686671)
“If anyone has info and wants to get in touch please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org Will treat any info anonymously,” notes the international team behind ‘Casefile’. You can also email producers of the series c/o email@example.com and get in touch via direct private message on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/casefile and the show’s website @ http://casefilepodcast.com
Neddy Norris Night - July 21
This is it, the night of nights. No more rehearsing and nursing a part…
This is the opening of “Neddy Norris Night” at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. The show, directed by Stephanie Payne, takes to the stage in the wide-open heart of an UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site – Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland, Canada.
This production of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL) is the second musical stage-show of the Summer to include Allison Crowe in its cast/band – fiddle and all. “Newfoundland Vinyl: The Greatest Hits” opened last month – and runs until September 2, 2016.
In “Neddy”, Allison joins director Stephanie Payne, and fellow musicians Dave Baird, Colin Furlong, and Matthew Wheadon. TNL explains:
“You don’t have to travel far in Newfoundland and Labrador to hear our traditional music – it’s a cultural touchstone, both a shared experience and a national badge of honour. With its narrative power, distinctive sound and strong links to Western Europe, traditional music represents the province’s history and culture, and forms a vital link between the past and present. For many it’s also a proud and powerful manifestation of the ‘unique Newfoundland and Labrador character’.”
The show’s mounted by a production team of Stephanie Payne, Stefanie Power, Lindsay Code, Jeff Pybus and Dan Fletcher – and runs through to September 1, 2016.
More info on showdates, times, and tickets @ http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/neddy-norris-night-2016
Reflecting Life - July 19
The occasion of a friend’s birthday rekindles “Home Reflections”. Musician, photographer and more, Shona McMillan met Allison Crowe when both performed at the “John Lennon Northern Lights Festival” – a magical time and happening in Durness, Scottish Highlands.
Imagery of the McMillans with Goldie, Snowy, the
budgies – and a wee friend, Stewart Hall, dropped
by for a visit – is accompanied by Allison’s
performance of “When I’m Gone” – a tune
from the pen of the great topical songwriter Phil
Ochs. Shona’s poignant description of this creation
on YouTube, old cine films shot by her family in
It’s capped by Shona’s “mum's favourite saying which was the philosophy by which she tried to live her life: ‘I pass this way but once, any good that I can do - Let Me - for I may not pass this way again’."
"Adventures in Music" - July 18
“Music can be something that unites us, that appeals to our shared humanity, rather than something that divides”, notes Chester, England’s Toby Goodwin, self-declared “music geek” behind the “musicgigsnthings” blog - delivering a 21-song Soundcloud playlist that brings together electro-pop, indie rock, jazz, folk, alt-rock, funky, grunge-tinged sounds and more – for this week’s edition of “Adventures in Music”: https://musicgigsnthings.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/adventures-in-music-10-07-16-16-07-16
Included in this set is “a singer with roots in Canada’s extremities, Corner Brook in Newfoundland and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Allison Crowe and Band. ‘Silence’ has folk and country influences running through it but given her unique spin. Her voice quivers with emotion throughout and the melancholic strings only add to the poignancy of the song, which sends shivers down your spine” – https://soundcloud.com/allisoncrowe/silence-allison-crowe-and-band
Wedding Song - Cohencentric's Marvellous Take - July 8
Allan Showalter, always illuminating and entertaining concierge and much more at the Chelsea Hotel of culture blogs, “Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered”, shares the keys to Allison Crowe’s “Wedding Song” video – its musical gallery hung with fotos by Billie Woods: http://cohencentric.com/2016/07/08/wedding-song-allison-crowes-small-masterwork
Checking in with nods to Andrew Marvell, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Lucinda Williams and Alicia Keys – our guide observes: “Turns out all the hype about about Allison’s vast tonal, thematic, and emotional range is true.” And, with another turn of phrase, unlocks this realization: “Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song, You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song.”
NPR's "Caravan" Rides Again - July 8
Bill Beckett, Host/Producer of “Caravan” on NPR’s Red River Radio, tells us tonight's show includes music from “Heirs + Grievances” - the debut album of Allison Crowe and Band. From anywhere in the world, you can tune in live, online, and enjoy the Friday, July 8 show starting at 9pm Louisiana, USA time: http://redriverradio.org/post/caravan-mccoy-tyner-live
Here’s what’s cued up on “Caravan”: “This week we'll hear tracks from Ben Folds Five, Terra Naomi, and Cloud Control plus tunes from Allison Crowe, Nick Brumley and Buddy Flett. In our second hour, we join renowned Jazz Artist McCoy Tyner - Live on Stage at Disney hall, and this week in our final hour, It's All Water Under The Bridge, with tracks from Dan Bern, Gemma Hayes, Jack Johnson, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Bruce Springsteen.”
Newfoundland Vinyl: The Greatest Hits - July 6
In Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park, one of the most naturally beautiful places on Earth, this Summer there’s near 33 1/3 revolutions of “Newfoundland Vinyl’ – the stage hit that keeps spinning joyfully.
Canadian playwright+ Jeff Pitcher, Artistic Director of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador since 2000, previews things in this clip from film-maker Peter Buckle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS-dxh1Pd00
After catching Vinyl’s “The Greatest Hits” edition live, he says “what an amazing cast. So much truth, honesty and affiliation with the artists that wrote our famous songs. Moments like this I'm so proud to be the AD of this company.”
Since 2012, when ‘Vinyl’ was conceived by Pitcher, Allison Crowe has served as Musical Director for the production at TNL’s annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival. In the GMTF 2016 program, Crowe notes: “Going over ideas for this year's ‘Vinyl’, I couldn't help but be a little jealous of the song selection that makes up the 'best of...' theme. So much so, in fact, that I wanted to be in the show! As MD, I’ve had a lot of fun choosing songs and hearing them performed night after night – and, over the years, I was always in the audience singing along. Now, I join the cast with a mix of great music from years previous and a bunch of songs we've never done before - so excited to share it all with you!”
Renewing popular and traditional NL songs of the vinyl (record) era, sounding brilliant and looking sharp in period dress, the show’s cast/band features: Dave Baird; Adam Christopher Brake (as Ed); Allison Crowe; Craig Patrick Haley; Robyn Huxter; Marquita Walsh; and Colin Furlong in a guest appearance singing Ron Hynes.
On board Vinyl’s production team: Director & Musical Director – Allison Crowe; Stage Manager – Stefanie Power; Set Design – Derek Butt; Set Coordination – Howard Beye; Costume Coordination – Lindsay Code; Sound Design –Max Simms; and Lighting Coordination – Jeff Pybus.
Now playing three to four nights a week through to September 2, 2016 in The Ethie Room of the Shallow Bay Motel Cabins & Conference Centre, Cow Head, NL. More info on tickets+ for this rollicking musical experience @ http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/newfoundland-vinyl-the-greatest-hits-2016
Historic Cassidy Inn Disappears in Ring of Fire - July 5
Cassidy Inn inferno, July 4, 2016 - Nick Boyle Photography
The Cassidy, located just south of Nanaimo, BC, Canada was originally a coal miner's hotel, and, in later years, a biker bar, and, lastly, a movie set. Photos and more history of the building and MoS can be found in Allison's "Man of Steel" gallery @ https://www.facebook.com/23720081675/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151670513006676
Last night, July 4th, the Cassidy, a coal-miner’s residence and biker bar before it became an Hollywood movie set, vanished in a giant ring of fire. Word on this news story is @ http://www.cheknews.ca/fire-damages-cassidy-inn-195684
Independence Day - July 4 Musical Salute!
The independent spirit fuels the music and operations of Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. It’s only natural that Allison Crowe, since embarking on her own course as an international touring and recording artist, looks to Ani as a model. Allison’s Rubenesque Records Ltd. has taken the road less traveled since 2001. From “Live at Wood Hall”, (released by RRL in 2005), here’s Allison in concert with a cover of Ani’s song, “Independence Day”:
This track joins a cadre of tunes for a July 4th feature of the “Cover Lay Down” blog. Boyhowdy presents music of Allison + Ani alongside Eva Cassidy, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Richard Shindell and a dozen more artists performing songs of Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bobby Darrin and more.
"Cover Lay Down" founder Boyhowdy, aka Joshua Farber, pens the latest installment to an eloquent "America The Beautiful: More Coverfolk For A Thoughtful Fourth" posting this Independence Day for our American friends and neighbours. It's an episode worth revisiting, notes Farber, "as music which speaks of and for a people, American folk music holds a particular place in the conversation which is America...making it real and vivid, whether it is through the lens of policy critique or protest cry, the immigrant experience or the internal monologue of a singer-songwriter struggling to be free."
Farber wraps the intro to this musical salute: "Happy Birthday, America. Long may your contradictions endear us to you. May you never lose hope. And may we never stop singing."
An Artful Sunday Serving - July 3
Today, Sunday, July 3, Michael Enright, Host of CBC Radio’s “The Sunday Edition”, starts the first hour of his program with an essay on ”why we don’t know anything”. Following this, Enright meets up with “extraordinary polymath” Steve Martin, known to many as comedian, musician and more – and the pair venture through the Art Gallery of Ontario. On Canada Day the AGO opened its comprehensive exhibit, “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris”, curated by Martin, “an eloquent missionary on behalf of” Harris, a member of Canada’s famous “Group of Seven” landscape painters.
Bridging this gallery tour with the show’s next segment – a serenade to a “smart, long-living, matriarchal animal” (the donkey) – is a celebratory musical performance from Allison Crowe and Band. (No spoiler as to the song.*) Tune in across Canada (on CBC Radio One - Sunday at 9 a.m. outside NL and 9:30am in NL + 'Round Midnight' Monday at 12 midnight).
Around the world, as well, enjoy the show, any time, by visiting http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/getting-it-wrong-steve-martin-art-curator-in-praise-of-the-donkey-the-biological-clock-canadian-diplomacy-1.3655850 - and clicking on LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE 01:42:58. Allison and Band are heard a little more than 32 minutes into the program – but stick around, as 'The Sunday Edition' delivers more stories in its second hour, and, as promised, “a full course of great music to garnish your Canada Day weekend from Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Allison Crowe, Papa Haydn and the Gene di Novi trio”.
*p.s. Now the show has well aired, it's no spoiler to reveal the rollicking tune is "Foggy Shore of Home" - penned by Bay Bulls-born Gary O'Driscoll as recorded by Allison and Band on their debut album, "Heirs + Grievances" @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heirs-grievances
Portugal Embraces the Music of Allison Crowe - July 2
July 1st we celebrate Canada here – still we are part of the main, a global, cultural, community, and this week, Allison Crowe’s licensed her music for play in stores and market-places throughout continental Europe’s western-most country, the republic of Portugal. Her songs will be heard daily across the Algarve’s beautiful coast, the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, in the open air of Lisbon’s artful street galleries, riding the slopes and falls of the country’s lush interior, its mountainous northern region, mingling in the mystery and magic of coastal Alentejo. Up and down the Iberian Peninsula this sound we know and love will ring out.
Why Portugal? There’s a full palette of joys and emotions to be discovered in the art of Allison Crowe. In certain of her songs, too, there is ‘saudade’ – that quality described as “a bitter-sweet, existential yearning and hopefulness towards something over which one has no control”. The “unassailable determinism which compels the resigned yearning of saudade” is the soul of Portugal’s Fado music.
Here, now is Allison Crowe and Band with the sounds of “Silence”:
CBC Radio's Sunday Edition Cues up Celebration - July 1
Michael Enright, erudite Host of CBC Radio’s “The Sunday Edition” promises for this July 3rd: “A full course of great music to garnish your Canada Day weekend from Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Allison Crowe, Papa (Franz Joseph) Haydn and the Gene DiNovi Trio”.
About the show – which broadcasts on CBC Radio One - Sundays at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) 'Round Midnight' Monday at 12 midnight, and on Sirius XM Channel 169 - Sundays at 9 a.m.(ET) 'Round Midnight' Sunday Midnight (ET): “For two hours every weekend, The Sunday Edition presents an eclectic blend of conversation, documentaries, personalities and music. The program distinguishes itself through its unpredictable choice of stories. It brings a perspective that is original, intelligent and sometimes funny, reflected through the personality of host Michael Enright.”
For international audiences of Allison Crowe and bandmates - Lin Lin, Sarah White, and Dave Baird - we’ll post links for listening online before this Sunday’s show :)
New Website in Works for Allison Crowe and Band - July 1
There’s a bumper crop of things to celebrate at present – so, on we go with the harvest! The new homesite of Allison Crowe and Band is coming together – thanks to the great graphic talents and wonderful design sense of Lin Lin (pictured here), also cellist and vocalist with the group. With concerts upcoming for Canada this Fall and Winter - it'll just require some tweaking of the online ticket/box office, and embedding of Allison's music "ABC List" and a few other features before this will be the place to go to keep up with the thrilling combo of Allison Crowe, Lin Lin, Sarah White and Dave Baird. Right now, here's a preview tour of the new site @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/wordpress
Allison Crowe and Band's Debut Cresting Canada - July 1
Enjoying this glorious day, dialing in to ‘The Big Groove Radio Show’ signal from British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast – Host Brad Mennie’s all-Canadian playlist for July 1st cues up: “From Nanaimo, BC native, now based all the way on the other side of the country - the other side in Corner Brook, Newfoundland - Allison Crowe. Yes! Great to have her back in the mix with a first listen from her new album ‘Heirs + Grievances’. With just some gorgeous sounds and vocals here exploring in all different directions. But because it’s Canada Day I thought the roots of Foggy Shores of Home just seemed to fit perfectly. All those other sounds will be definitely explored in future editions of the show.
With Allison and Band now home in Canada following a sensational concert tour of Europe, the sounds Mennie’s sharing today are being added to music libraries of radio stations across this vast land – including: CFRC (Kingston, ON), CHRW (London, ON), CHMR (St. John’s, NL), CHLY (Nanaimo, BC) and our nation’s public broadcaster, the CBC. (There’s plenty more word to come from H+G’s new music cresting the airwaves.)
The double-album is now released in Canada – and will soon be in stores on the mainland. Right now, “Introducing / Heirs + Grievances” is available to islanders - on the Pacific coast @: Fascinating Rhythm (51 Commercial 250-716-9997), in Nanaimo; Lyle’s Place (770 Yates 250-382-8422) in Victoria; & SaltspringSound CA (131 McPhillips 250-537-00650), SSI, British Columbia. On Canada's Atlantic shore, the band’s debut is found @: MALA (74 Broadway 709-634-4004) in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The CD collection includes the studio session, “Heirs + Grievances”, and a live set, “Introducing”. It can be ordered by mail for world delivery, and, digitally, the studio recordings are @: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heirs-grievances
A Case of You Opens Weekend - June 30
Launching Memorial Day (NL) and Canada Day July 1st into July 4th Independence Day (USA) weekend with “A Case of You”. Fermented by Joni Mitchell with Leonard Cohen in her blood – the song’s decanted here by Allison Crowe. In this vintage revery, (from “A Farewell to Arms”), Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper join the party uncorking bittersweet truth:
Whether I'm Wrong live-in-the-studio - June 28
“Whether I’m Wrong”, the first song performance video from Allison Crowe to be posted online – more than a decade ago – is now hosted here in a new, hi-fi, version. (When the vid was initially posted 20MB was huge for a file upload!)
In Spring/Summer 2003, Allison Crowe was residing in an apartment in New York City’s Chelsea neighbourhood. Whether or not the sun poured in like butterscotch it was a sticky time. This song was born then. Today, naturally, it’s just as vital our voices be heard.
Captured live-in-the-studio by visionary director Alex Postowoi and crew at Turtle Recording, White Rock, Canada. Audio engineer - Larry "Turtle" Anschell; Film Editor - Shirley Anne Claydon; Cameras - Karen Duthie & Randy Rotheisler.
Allison Crowe's ABC - June 20
Knowing your ABCs has been a musical joy ever since the Jackson 5. Now, updated with her debut band release, “Heirs + Grievances” is Allison Crowe’s ABC list of songs @ http://allisoncrowe.com/ABC.html
Allison Crowe - illustration by boki.b - Vienna + Buenos Aires
This page links to the artist’s full repertoire – over 159 unique song recordings released over 26 albums, singles, EPs and compilations (and still more tunes not yet recorded). Original songs, interpretations, a cappella, piano, guitar, solo and band tunes, traditional, alternative, sea shanties, hymns, carols and aires. Allison Crowe’s body of work encompasses rock, folk, jazz, Canadiana, Celtic, and soul among many-splendoured genres. Hers is a remarkable, singular, oeuvre and a voice without peer in popular music this century. Show you what it’s all about…
Counting on ABCers from American Bandstand, The Jackson 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho7796-au8U
Pandora serves up "Heirs + Grievances" fresh from Allison Crowe and Band - June 18
“Only in Canada, eh? Pity!” is a tagline familiar to Canucks – for Red Rose Tea. Today ’t’is a pity that Pandora’s blend of personalized internet radio is available only in America. Still, for our music-loving friends in the USA, we’re happy to note Pandora has bagged the debut release from Allison Crowe and Band – “Heirs + Grievances” – and it’s now streaming alongside such earlier, solo, albums as “Tidings”, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, “Spiral”, “Sylvan Hour”, “This Little Bird” and plenty more steeped in Allison Crowe’s singular brew of rock, folk, jazz, Canadiana, Celtic, and soul. If you’re south of the 49th, drink in the sounds @ http://www.pandora.com/allison-crowe/heirs-grievances
For anyone wondering what's in our cups - should it be stronger than orange pekoe - here's a clue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAtDXOnmqiM
Silence - video debut - June 5
Amazing Allison Crowe and Band – debut album “Heirs + Grievances”:
Lisa's Song - video debut - June 3
Hope. Faith. What we need to carry on.
Words - video debut - June 1
In 2013, Murúch, the pioneering blog that's been sharing music and culture notes online since 1999, premiered a solo version of Allison Crowe’s “Words”, saying: “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.”
“Words” was named #1 of the year’s top songs by Murúch (2013’s other top ten picks came from artists: Alice Boman; Trent Dabbs; Lorde; Vienna Teng; Foxygen; Imagine Dragons; MS MR; & Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu): http://www.muruch.com/2013/12/muruch-2013-top-songs.html
Now, Allison Crowe and Band unleash a group performance of “Words” with visual accompaniment from another pioneer - Winsor McCay, who revolutionized comics and animation a century ago, through such creations as 1921’s “Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend: The Pet”:
Waking here from the surrealistic pillow of “Heirs + Grievances” lyricism.
Simply Amazing - May 30
Amazing Radio, London, England-based international and independent radio, featured "You All Haunt Me" this weekend on the station's Amazing Rock Show. Thanks to show host/DJ Aaron Phillips and Producer Neil Reynolds for picking up on the debut from Allison Crowe and Band. Now on Amazing @ http://amazingtunes.com/allisoncrowe enjoy a playlist of 29 songs – the entire new studio album, “Heirs + Grievances”, plus a song from each of 16 earlier EP/album releases from Allison.
To hear the premiere broadcast of “You All Haunt Me”, it’s @ http://s3.amazonaws.com/first_plays/400101_amazingradio_28-05-2016_19-58.mp3
Now I'm 64 - video debut - May 27
Reflecting now with home-movies of Allison Crowe and her delightful rendition of a song that’s one of the treasures of Canadiana renewed by “Newfoundland Vinyl”, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s much-loved hit.
This year’s edition of “Vinyl” has begun rehearsals in prep for a “greatest hits” run this Summer at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, June 11 – September 2, 2016: http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/newfoundland-vinyl-the-greatest-hits-2016
“Now I’m 64” is a traditional Newfoundland parlour song – here delivered by Allison Crowe and Band on their debut release, “Heirs + Grievances”. Earlier variants include recordings by Atlantic Canada musical legends Ryan’s Fancy, Harry Hibbs and more. The invaluable lyrics and video site “GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador” has plenty to help us cherish an history that’s, joyfully, tunefully alive today: http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/01/sixtyfour.htm
Going Home Tonight - video debut - May 25
Home. Whatever it is, wherever it is, it’s usually profoundly meaningful to us.
Ticket for a musical journey on life’s gossamer wings is Allison Crowe and Band – here with song number nine from the group’s debut album, “Heirs + Grievances”.
Well before PanAm Jet Clippers were on the air, the magic of French film-maker Georges Méličs carried people up, up and away to fresh perspectives. Imagination finds home in this travelogue from 1902, “Le Voyage dans la Lune” (A Trip to the Moon).
Now - video debut - May 23
Dynamo Allison Crowe appears as a singer in Cassidy’s bar in director Zack Snyder’s epic Superman reboot “Man of Steel” notes Mike Devlin, veteran music scribe for The Times Colonist (The Daily Planet of Victoria, Canada), in the paper’s latest “Scene and Heard” column:
Crowe’s cameo in the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster finds her performing in a north woods road-house where Clark Kent toils bussing while Lois Lane tracks the elusive hero. In creating the visual album for this year’s debut release from Allison Crowe and Band, “Heirs + Grievances”, it’s a natural to look to Lois & Clark for footage that fits “Now”:
Turtle on KISM + Times Colonist - Allison Crowe In the News - May 23
Much of Canada celebrates Victoria Day today. Ideal holiday-time to catch up on some fun music news. Broadcasting from Mount Constitution on Orcas Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest region of this continent is classic rock station KISM 92.9 where “Locals Only” show host Pooner Clark, a DJ with Idaho roots, interviews special guests. A recent chat with Larry Anschell, founder of storied Turtle Recording Studios and Brad Graham, Turtle engineer/producer extraordinaire, is now online: http://kism.com/locals-only/this-week-turtle-recording-studio (btw, the two DJs pictured with the audio, "Brad and John", are with a different program – they’re not Clark, Anschell or Graham)
Anschell recounts the originally-mobile, 1987-established British-Columbia-based, studio’s history capturing the sound of artists on both sides of the nearby Canada/US border – from Kenny G to Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan to Soundgarden and Alice in Chains (http://www.turtlerecording.com/about.html). As well, he and Graham spin current tracks of Jason Mitchell, Five Alarm Funk, Tonye Aganaba, Russ Robson and Sean Simpson.
About 22 minutes into the program, you’ll also hear a new recording from Allison Crowe and Band. Starting in 2001, to date Crowe has teamed up with Turtle on several singles, one EP, three albums and three double-albums. Videos of the artist performing “Hallelujah” and other songs from “Tidings” live-in-the-studio, enjoyed by many millions of people around the world, show Turtle’s studio when it was located beach-front in White Rock, BC. “Introducing / Heirs + Grievances”, the just-released debut double-disc from Allison and Band is recorded live-in-concert by Brad Graham and in the studio’s new, forest, location by Larry “Turtle” Anschell. For their ‘ears’, their integrity, and their special attunement to her honest style of music-making, Crowe and musical partners love working with the Turtle crew.
Introducing “Lisa’s Song” for the KISM radio show, Anschell provides insight into Crowe and her ways: “This was a live recording off-the-floor. She tends to just like to lay it down as real as can be… She’s really an amazing talent. Whenever I hear her, I get goose-bumps. And, you, know, that doesn’t always happen… being as jaded as we are in the recording business. When you’re struck just by real talent it’s an amazing thing.”
In print this holiday weekend, the convivial “Scene and Heard” column in The Times Colonist newspaper, based in BC’s capital city of Victoria (named for the same Queen we celebrate today), updates readers with word on Allison Crowe’s activities from “Newfoundland Vinyl” to her band’s new record release: http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/music/hermann-s-hosts-bluegrass-stars-bob-moses-returns-to-canada-1.2260599
On the Air - video debut - May 21
Ani DiFranco, “the little folksinger that could”, an inspiring model for Allison Crowe and her team, says she understands why so few musicians actually follow her DIY route – it’s hard work going against the current!
Still, there can be perks for a traveling troubadour. Behold the PanAm ‘Jet Clipper’, one of such aircraft checking in for decades at Gander International, Newfoundland’s hangars for refuelling on trans-Atlantic flights. It spirits passengers and crew in style.
Allison Crowe and Band’s just-wrapped concert trip to Europe touched souls in Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium and England. “On the Air”, written when Crowe was a teenager, still packs great emotional weight – and soars now without some personal baggage of early flights.
On board for this musical journey, Allison Crowe (vocals, piano), Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vox), Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Dave Baird (bass) – and, in the wings, Sarah White (mandolin, vox). It’s on the manifest for for the band’s debut release “Heirs + Grievances”.
Why - video debut - May 19
“Do you know how I feel?”
An essential question raised in “Why” – the Annie Lennox song covered here by Allison Crowe and Band – and via the poetry of Jean Vigo’s 1934 film “L’Atalante” (from which the accompanying visuals are drawn).
A 13-song video series for Allison and Band's debut album is now unspooling on facebook (as a playlist) and on Vimeo @ https://vimeo.com/album/3932431 as an album (that's complete when the song “Silence” posts online Friday, June 3, 2016).
Oceans - video debut - May 17
“A Mari Usque Ad Mare”. Canada’s motto well frames the dominion of Allison Crowe – “from sea to shining sea”. From her birth in the harbour city of Nanaimo, BC on the Pacific coast to her creative years at home in Corner Brook, NL on Atlantic shores there’s a vast expanse of beauty.
Crowe’s approach to music-making, along with bandmates Céline Greb aka Lin Lin, Billie Woods, Sarah White and Dave Baird – on record and on-stage – is so true, as well, that in an industry of processed audio and calculated everything, the sound of Allison Crowe and Band is refreshingly real as that of the natural world.
Diving further into the just-released album, “Introducing / Heirs + Grievances”, take a swim now in “Oceans”:
Rubenesque Records Ltd. - logo to celebrate - May 16
It’s nearing 15 years now that Rubenesque Records, Allison Crowe’s label, has been taking the road less-traveled to the creation and dissemination of music. Over twenty ‘official’ – studio and live - releases, 150+ song recordings – singular originals and timeless interpretations, hundreds of videos, many, many millions of plays, views and more by people sharing the feelings – all adding up to an wholly unique body of work from one of the all-time great voices in popular music.
There’s much to celebrate in this anniversary year for Rubenesque. The banner is raised with this new logo designed for the label by cellist and graphic artist Céline Greb aka Lin Lin – a member Allison’s band that carries forward bringing joy, fun, and meaning to the music.
Foggy Shores of Home - video debut - May 13
In a recent posting, Devon-based music-and-literary-blogger Mike Ferguson cites the “joy and fun” that comes across in a new live recording from Allison Crowe and Band (https://somediurnalauralawe.blogspot.ca/2016/04/allison-crowe-and-band-heirs-grievances.html). Allison and bandmates Celine Greb aka Lin Lin, Billie Woods, Sarah White and Dave Baird – on record and on-stage – bring that essence of life, and, for a fun-filled Friday, or any day, here be the irresistibly joyous “Foggy Shores of Home”.
The tune is penned by Gary O’Driscoll, one of Canada’s great songwriters – with such other classics as “Out from St. Leonards” and “The Men Who Die for a Living” to his credit. O’Driscoll, born in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, and now at home in Ontario, Canada, crests high among Allison Crowe’s favourite songwriters to cover – as he brilliantly captures the joys as well as the heartaches of people.
From the studio disc of the just-released double-album, “Introducing / Heirs + Grievances” Allison and the band celebrate and embrace home – where e’er your port'o'call.
With the band’s bassist Dave now driving to Gros Morne National Park, NL where he’ll be a sea captain for the Summer, we welcome another sailor man in this music video. Ever-green Fleischer Studios characters – Popeye and Olive Oyl – keep things rolling in this newest addition to the “Heirs + Grievances” visual album.
It's refreshing - like lemonade for a nickel a shot.
"what is tomorrow" today - May 12
Musician Allison Crowe met photographer Gerrit Meier in August 2000 – as the German artist was just launching the international “what is tomorrow” project – which has become a photo-exhibit and now a book.
Crowe and her band visited Port Alberni, BC, Canada for a concert at the Capitol Theatre – and while setting up for the night’s show, Meier took this photo and captured these words of the 19-year-old singer-songwriter:
“In my opinion, tomorrow today and yesterday are all tied together. It just depends on what we choose to make of it. Tomorrow could be life-changing or it could remain the same as yesterday depending on how you choose to see it. Remembering the only constant in life is change, and just going along with the flow of our decisions, we see every twist and turn in life and will not remain dormant. So, in essence, if you take hold of now, and are not afraid to let go of the things that hold you down, tomorrow can be yours.”
Foto+ by Gerrit Meier http://www.gerritmeier.de
Allison Crowe – from “what is tomorrow: man in expectation of the 21st century” (ISBN 978-3-00-023165-0).
"what is tomorrow" - May 11
What is tomorrow? Tomorrow is when Dave Baird, bassist in Allison Crowe’s band, begins the 6553+ km. trek from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada to join Allison in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.
Baird, most famous for his live performances and recordings made with Crowe - including CD releases “6 Songs”, “This Little Bird”, “Spiral” and just-released “Heirs + Grievances” - is a much sought-after jazz, funk, and rock bassist and teacher (at Arbutus Music) on Canada’s west coast. His stellar shows include gigs with Wunderbread, Jon Bone, Kings Without, Nat, Milad Kassiri, The Thieves and the Canadian Tenors among many combos. As well he’s a premiere birder on Vancouver Island, the Pacific “rock”. (Bird + bard = Baird. Then there’s his beard…)
Dave Baird’s migration is to the Gros Morne Theatre Festival this Summer, on the Atlantic “rock”, the west coast (of NL) – where he joins a fabulously-talented and spirited cast, crew and company for the fifth edition of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s rollicking stage hit “Newfoundland Vinyl”:
It should be noted at this juncture, Allison Crowe’s own first venture to the lovely isle of Newfoundland, more than a decade ago now, resulted in her falling in love with the place and people, and making it her home. That transnational trip’s given Crowe two true homes – her birthplace of Nanaimo, BC, Vancouver lsland, and her chosen nest, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. Could the same delightful fate be in store…
“what is tomorrow” is also a photographic project and exhibit that’s become an artful and inspiring book published in Europe by Gerrit Meier, and subtitled “man in expectation of the 21st century” (ISBN 978-3-00-023165-0).
Hamburg-based photographer Meier took up his project in 1999, at the turn of the last century. From 2000 - 2007 he traveled through Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Morocco, Spain, South Africa, and Denmark – capturing images of people, and asking them, simply “what is tomorrow”?
The fotos and unedited statements of 68 subjects - aerospace technician, artist, cuator, car dealer, school teacher, golf pro, guest service attendant at hotel and more – have been printed together with an audio CD – a timeless capsule of perspectives.
Allison Crowe and her then trio were preparing for a concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni, BC on August 12, 2000 when Gerrit Meier happened upon them – and Allison and bassist Dave became some of the first subjects for the project. (The band’s drummer, Kevin Clevette, was shy and sat out the photo/questioning.)
We’ll round up teenage Allison’s pic/quote for, yes, tomorrow. Right now, here’s Dave’s take from that moment in 2000:
“Tomorrow is whatever decisions we make today. If we make poor decisions there may be no tomorrow. If we make good decisions today then tomorrow is a good future. I hope tomorrow is a great day.”
As Dave gets behind the wheel and heads due east, we hope so, too
Slán agus beannacht leat!
Foto+ by Gerrit Meier http://www.gerritmeier.de
Dave Baird – “what is tomorrow”
Tarry Trousers - video debut - May 7
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.
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.
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).
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.
“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 @:
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.
“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)”
Allison Crowe on Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/allison_crowe
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!!
Introducing / Heirs + Grievances Release! - March 22
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!!
Glasbena poslastica iz zasede - March 17
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!
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.
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!
Allison Crowe @ https://www.instagram.com/allison_crowe
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
Ready to rock and roll - March 10
The albums are all finished and ready to go for the tour starting next week!! woot woot!
Allison Crowe @ https://www.instagram.com/allison_crowe
#fiddle #bodhran #guitar #piano - March 9
This is actually a more accurate representation of what my day looks like today Hahaha ;)
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#piano - March 9
My view for today.
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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
Fun ahead - February 12
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
Introducing / Heirs + Grievances sneak peek - February 9
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!
Allison Crowe @ https://www.instagram.com/allison_crowe
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)”:
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.”
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!
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
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!
Merry Christmas!!! - December 25
“In My Life” - those with us, those absent or departed. Sharing love, joy, and peace:
‘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).
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!
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”.
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
"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.
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.
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”.
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”.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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”.
Happy Birthday!! - November 16
Happy birthday to one of music's immortals - Allison Louise Crowe - born November 16, 1981.
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’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
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 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.”
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”.
“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”
"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!
Happy Hallowe'en 2015 - October 31
I'm in your garden, sleeping in your flowers! Happy Halloween!
Allison Crowe foto
(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”.
Allison Crowe Band backstage - October 24
Last night's pre-show selfie! Thanks so much Sidney!
l-r: Billie Woods, Allison Crowe, Dave Baird & Celine Greb
Allison Crowe foto
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”.
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 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.)
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.
"Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe" Now Out! - October 14
"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.”
Curated and Cover Art by Muruch.com
"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!
"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” 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.
"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."
"Decided to go back to my natural bubblegum pink hair... ;)" tweets @Allison_Crowe
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.
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!
Takin' it to the street - September 7
Details of upcoming concert locations, ticket outlets and all, can be found on the Tour page.
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
Allison Crowe Band Rolls Ahead - August 30
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.
"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
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:
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.
"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!
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.
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.
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.
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
“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!
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.
Voyaging a Musical Galaxy ~ July 3
This inaugural music expedition is on the
move! Allison Crowe and bandmates sail now from
stellar concerts on
Ryan McMahon, celebrating with his newest
album, “Put Me Back Together”, is aboard for this
Bringing it to the Stage! ~ July 2
New band's hatched this week! Here's a pic from soundcheck:
l - r Celine Greb (cello, harmonies); Allison Crowe (vox, piano, guitar, bodhran+); Billie Woods (guitar, harmonies); and Dave Baird (bass - acoustic and electric).
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.
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.
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).
Summer, swims and friends ~ June 22
Summer, swims, and friends - Allison Crowe photo
"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)
"Now" ~ June 20
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.
"Silence" + “Ménilmontant” ~ June 18
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)
"Newfoundland Vinyl" Opens! ~ June 13
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
GMTF’s 20th anniversary season is
underway – and it’s real celebration of the
creative family that is Theatre
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.
describes the show opening tonight: “Hits of the
1960’s, 70’s and 80’s by
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!”
Vinyl” runs June 13 -
“Newfoundland Vinyl” logo design by Ed Hollet.
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.
and Shannon performed together in the
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)
Best Buds ~ June 5
Snuggles with the best bud yesterday post- rehearsal. :)
Allison Crowe photo - with Link
Skeletons and Spirits ~ June 5
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
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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