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Up to the Mountain ~ January 19

 

 

Allison Crowe regularly cooks up musical soul food - literally in her kitchen. That's where she’s recorded this guitar version of "Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)" - from the pen of the sublime Patty Griffin in tribute to our individual and collective humanity - inspired by words and deeds of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

Allison serves as her own Jordanaires - providing harmonious accompaniment to the lead vocals and guitar: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/up-to-the-mountain-mlk-song 

 

Piano now – “Up to the Mountain” with Allison Crowe this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Ringing out Patty Griffin’s song – and a quote from MLK: “We’ve learned to fly the air as birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.”

 

To that end we all march on.

 

 

 

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Time After Time ~ January 18

 

 

Enjoying time and opportunity this season to dig into music (rather than snow, on this coast so far, fingers crossed…) – and discovering beautiful audio and video treasures, including recordings I didn’t know exist.

 

 

Here’s a video that’s known, and with its Winterime scenes, remains an all-season joy in Allison Crowe’s video gallery. Allison, a child of the '80s, performs one of her favourites of that era in concert - a cover of Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman's – “Time After Time".

 

 

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King's in the Kitty ~ January 8

 

Elvis Aaron Presley’s born on this day, January 8, in 1935. Shuffling the video deck in tribute, here’s Allison Crowe dealing musical cards from Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes and poet Al Pittman – “and life's about chances” – “30 for 60”:

 

 

 

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Wassail Song ~ December 29

 

 

Like souling and caroling, (even the more sonorous of trick-or-treating), wassailing can involve a merry band of people going door-to-door and singing from porch-steps. (Though some go a-wassailing to the orchard where they can serenade the trees.) Fortifying such merriment may be a supply of cider, punch, mulled wine, or spicy ale.

 

Dipping anew into the bowl of this season’s traditional music, here’s Allison Crowe’s serving of the “Wassail Song”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace ~ December 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy ~ December 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Night ~ December 23

 

 

 

Silent Night - from Allison Crowe's legendary "Tidings" solo sessions.

 

 

 

 

Saltwater Joys ~ December 23

 

 

May you be home for Christmas – where e’er and how e’er. With compass set to heart and hearth, Allison Crowe navigates those “Saltwater Joys” in this song distilled by Wayne Chaulk (Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers):

 

 

Putting a bow on things – as culture blog Muruch tags it, the “beautiful finale” to “Newfoundland Vinyl II”.

 

 

 

 

Ding Dong Merrily on High ~ December 22

 

 

Joy for the child in us all – “Ding Dong Merrily on High”. Originally a French dance tune, "Branle de l'Official", by Jehan Tabourot (1519 – 1593), it’s published as a carol in the early 1900s with English lyrics by composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848 – 1934). In our time, it’s been recorded by a range of folks including The Chieftains and The Muppets… and, now, Allison Crowe on “Souling”.

 

 

The accompanying visual is an excerpt from “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”, a Fleischer Studios Color Classics animated short released in December, 1936.

 

http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling

 

 

 

 

Paddy McGinty's Goat ~ December 21

 

 

Kidding around the Christmas tree – Allison Crowe with “Paddy McGinty’s Goat

 

 

 

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Out from St. Leonard's ~ December 20

 

 

Out from St. Leonard’s” – Gary O’Driscoll’s topical song is interpreted on Allison Crowe’s just-released “Newfoundland Vinyl II”:

 

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Once in Royal David's City ~ December 18

 

 

The words to “Once in Royal David’s City" are written by Dublin, Ireland-born Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (1818-1895) and first published in her 1848 collection, "Hymns for Little Children”. This text by C.F. Alexander, wife of the Bishop of Derry, was later set to music by English composer Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876).

 

Allison Crowe now tells the song’s story:

 

 

http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling

 

 

 

Woman of Labrador ~ December 17

 

 

Canadian poet, singer-songwriter, sailor and islander Andy Vine (http://www.andyvine.com) composed this song in the late 1970s. While music-making in St. John’s, Newfoundland he discovered “Woman of Labrador”, the remarkable autobiography of Elizabeth Goudie. Of Inuit, Indian, French and English roots, Goudie (née Blake) was born in 1902 in Mud Lake, Labrador. At 18 she’d wed a trapper, raising their eight+ children in the brush – her memoirs recounting life and travails and dwellings from a trapper’s “tilt”, and log cabins to a Summer lake-shore fishing house and beyond – all that comes with and from such a pioneering existence in territory that encompassed family homes in Mud Lake, North West River and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

 

Inspired by Goudie’s story, Vine distilled things into music – and a song popularized by legendary NL folk-rock group Figgy Duff (Pamela Morgan singing this tune with that band of pioneers in their own field).

 

 

The image accompanying the music in this video, of “The Labrador ‘liveyere’ ”, is found in “The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador”, a biography of medical missionary Wilfred T. Grenfell (1865 – 1940) – first published in 1922, and, then, digitally, in 2005 as an ebook by Project Gutenberg’s Jeannie Howse and team.

 

Sir Grenfell’s biographer explains that liveyeres are those hardy souls who permanently reside in the region (as distinct from folks who come for Summer-fishing or other activities, and don’t stay in Wintertime). As well, for his international audience, the author Dillon Wallace notes: “It will be interesting to turn to a map and see for ourselves the country to which Doctor Grenfell was going. We will find Labrador in the northeastern corner of the North American continent, just as Alaska is in the northwestern corner.”

 

And so lives and events mingle and tales are passed on – through oral and written histories. Through song.

 

Of musician Allison Crowe, veteran Canadian playwright, and Artistic Director of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, Jeff Pitcher (http://www.jeffpitcher.ca), says: "No matter where she is in this world, that voice, that conviction, it crosses all borders. She's one of those rare artists that fits into any culture, any community because she is who she is - an incredible talent."

Woman of Labrador” finds home again on “Newfoundland Vinyl II”, Crowe’s just-released album:

 http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/newfoundland-vinyl-ii

 

As the album title suggests, it's a song collection inspired by, and arising from, Allison Crowe's involvement with the hit stage show, "Newfoundland Vinyl" - presented at Canada's Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and produced by TNL.

 

The album celebrates this creative bond between Crowe, an internationally-loved touring and recording artist, and Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, a professional theatre company founded on Newfoundland's west coast in 1979.

 

For these past three Summers TNL's engaged Crowe as Musical Director of "Newfoundland Vinyl" - a perennial favourite at the annual GMTF.

 

TNL AD Jeff Pitcher's conception of a revival of vinyl era, and more, songs of Newfoundland and Labrador put wind in the sails of Allison Crowe's curatorial mission.

 

"It's here!" says pioneering music blog Muruch, "Allison Crowe just released Newfoundland Vinyl II and it's the perfect follow-up to her traditional folk masterpiece, Newfoundland Vinyl".

 

Of her immersions as Musical Director with TNL, and the melodic bounty that's landed, Allison Crowe notes: "There is so much wonderful music - you could piece together multiple anthologies and still only scratch the surface of such an extensive and rich collection. Each of these songs is its own story, of land and sea, of people, and each story in-and-of-itself could be an entire show. I'm truly grateful that you are here to hear the story these songs have to offer." She gives special thanks to "the incredibly talented and versatile" casts and crews of TNL's productions for their inspiration.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Celtic Music Fan Twins Musical Joy ~ December 17

 

 

The Celtic Music Fan has just published a daily-double – reviewing both of Allison Crowe’s new albums out now.
 
Of her a cappella Christmas collection, TCMF’s Baxter Labatos writes: “Souling is an album that redefines the usual traditional holiday tunes and also about how they are being rendered.”
 
And, of “Newfoundland Vinyl II”, the culture blogger says: “It is about singing from the heart. It is about singing the songs of people that have been passed from every generation.”
 
Enjoy the sounds of each new recording and Celtic Music Fan blog’s perceptions in full stereo @ http://celticmusicfan.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/two-new-albums-by-allison-crowe

 

 

 

 

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ~ December 16

 

 

This traditional Christmas carol dates originally to 18th century England - and makes an appearance in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" almost 100 years later. In this new millenium, Allison Crowe delivers the song a cappella - on her album "Souling".

 

 

 

The music's visual accompaniment is an excerpt from "Peace on Earth", a 1939 Academy Award-nominated cartoon directed by Hugh Harman.

 

http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling

 

 

 

 

Northern Lights of Labrador ~ December 14

 

 

NL's Don Fulford wrote "Northern Lights of Labrador" for his sister, Trina - of the renowned duo Corey & Trina (Crewe) and they had a tremendous hit with this song - naturally popular across Newfoundland and Labrador on Canada's Atlantic coast.

 

Love for beauty and home shines through Allison Crowe and her newest album of music, "Newfoundland Vinyl II":

 

 

As the album title suggests, it's a song collection inspired by, and arising from, Crowe's involvement with the hit stage show, "Newfoundland Vinyl" - presented at Canada's Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and produced by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

The album celebrates this creative bond between Crowe, an internationally-loved touring and recording artist, and Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, a professional theatre company founded on Newfoundland's west coast in 1979.

 

For these past three Summers TNL's engaged Crowe as Musical Director of "Newfoundland Vinyl" - a perennial favourite at the annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

 

TNL Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher's conception of a revival of vinyl era, and more, songs of Newfoundland and Labrador put wind in the sails of Allison Crowe's curatorial mission.

 

"It's here!" says pioneering music blog Muruch, "Allison Crowe just released Newfoundland Vinyl II and it's the perfect follow-up to her traditional folk masterpiece, Newfoundland Vinyl".

 

Of her immersions as Musical Director with TNL, and the melodic bounty that's landed, Allison Crowe notes: "There is so much wonderful music - you could piece together multiple anthologies and still only scratch the surface of such an extensive and rich collection. Each of these songs is its own story, of land and sea, of people, and each story in-and-of-itself could be an entire show. I'm truly grateful that you are here to hear the story these songs have to offer." She gives special thanks to "the incredibly talented and versatile" casts and crews of TNL's productions for their inspiration.

 

 

Northern Lights photo - by Allison Crowe + thanks to Johnny Cann

 

 

 

 

The Holly and the Ivy ~ December 13

 

 

The Holly and the Ivy”, this distinctive, ancient, British carol is heard on Allison Crowe’s new Christmas collection, “Souling”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Area Code) 709 ~ December 11

 

The directory of phone songs lists some great tunes - among them: Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee" and Shel Silverstein's "Sylvia's Mother" (a memorable hit for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show).

 

In Canada, Eddie Coffey and Dennis Adamson dialed up the fun with their ode to "709" - the area code assigned to Newfoundland and Labrador since 1962.

 

Ringing in a new version is Allison Crowe on her latest album, "Newfoundland Vinyl II":

 

 

 

 

 

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Press Quotes - A Collection (click here)

 

 

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

 

 

12/10 ~ Allison Crowe Flies Home for Tidings with Two New Albums Under Wing

12/09 ~ In the Bleak Midwinter  (Cranham)

12/08 ~ The Wild Rover

12/05 ~ Wexford Carol

12/02 ~ 30 for 60

12/02 ~ Newfoundland Vinyl II

12/01 ~ Newfoundland Vinyl II cover art

11/28 ~ The Water Witch + Newfoundland Vinyl II

11/25 ~ River

11/23 ~ That Night in Bethlehem (Don Oíche úd i mBeithil)

11/22 ~ I Saw Three Ships

11/16 ~ Alleyluja - Happy Birthday+!!!

11/16 ~ Happy Birthday, Allison Crowe!!!

11/15 ~ "Scared" Not

11/09 ~ "Someday at Christmas"

11/07 ~ "For the Roses" - Joni Mitchell Birthday Tribute

11/02 ~ "Souling"

11/01 ~ "Soul Cake"

10/26 ~ "Souling"

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

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

10/09 ~ In My Life

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

10/07 ~ Unexpected Diversion Ahead

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

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

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

10/04 ~ #12 of 16 Songs - Josephine

10/03 ~ #11 of 16 Songs - Effortless

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

10/01 ~ #9 of 16 Songs - Spiral

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

09/29 ~ #7 of 16 Songs - Running

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

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

09/26 ~ #4 of 16 Songs - Creep

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

09/24 ~ #2 of 16 Songs - Why

09/23 ~ #1 of 16 Songs - Disease

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

09/09 ~ Why - Special Screening

09/08 ~ Sing Out! In Our Global Village

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

08/28 ~ 16 Songs - Video Album

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

08/23 ~ NewFound Friends @ GMTF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06/28 ~ Secrets Live

06/24 ~ Music Hath Charms

06/22 ~ Skeletons and Spirits Live in Freiburg

06/22 ~ Running for Home "flake"

06/21 ~ Famous Blue Raincoat "flake"

06/17 ~ Between Two Trees

06/14 ~ My Funny Valentine

06/06 ~ Musica

06/02 ~ Jazz

05/25 ~ Allison Crowe video from Europe tour

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

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

05/03 ~ Sie Liebt Dich

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

04/21 ~ Happy Easter! - Tarry Trousers

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

03/26 ~ Tonight Will Be Fine

03/18 ~ Silence - Corner Brook Café

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

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

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

03/05 ~ Screen Caps - Video Series Upcoming

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

02/26 ~ Europe Tournee May 2014

02/23 ~ All About Jazz

02/07 ~ Do touch that dial

02/07 ~ Revolution in the air

02/02 ~ "Imagine" peace again and again

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

19/01 ~ Silent Night

12/01 ~ Superfun Year

10/01 ~ Words - Song of the Year

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

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

 

 

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