Tuesday, November 25 ~ Allison Crowe unwraps her "Tidings" concert series
Expect plenty of holiday cheer, laced
with overtones of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The
Beatles, jazz and Broadway, as Canada's thrilling and
fun musical marvel Allison Crowe brings Tidings
coast-to-coast across North America.
"Music for the season and all time." Tidings stirs together traditional Christmas carols and holiday favourites with an organic blend of rock, jazz, folk, gospel and soul. "The Yuletide find of the year," says The Record. "Be prepared to be amazed," chimes ChristmasReviews.com, "Allison Crowe is a stunningly talented performer." Longtime NPR broadcaster Ross Hocker calls Allison Crowe's show, "The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life."
singer/songwriter from Saskatchewan in a small, intimate hall before she became Joni Mitchell? Don't fret the missed opportunity. There's no need to turn back the clock. Check out Allison Crowe," writes Robert Reid in The Record.
Crowe's rare gift and talent in communicating emotions not only make her a thrilling original act, her role as an interpreter is getting much recognition. "Her version of 'I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)' would give Aretha Franklin goose-bumps," notes Robert Moyes in Boulevard. This month, two major tributes to Leonard Cohen have featured her song contributions.
During her triumphal Beatles Week 2008 concert series, BBC Radio 2 interviewed and recorded Allison Crowe in Liverpool performing "Hallelujah" for an hour-long documentary, "The Fourth, The Fifth, The Minor Fall", that explores the many facets of this Leonard Cohen creation. Other participants include musicians Imogen Heap and Kathryn Williams alongside producers John Lissauer (Leonard Cohen) and Andy Wallace (Jeff Buckley).
Segment of BBC Radio 2 documentary on Hallelujah
UK-based MOJO magazine pays tribute to
Leonard Cohen with its December '08 issue which celebrates "deep and
moving music, the kind of stuff we need in the run up to the holiday
period". Of Allison Crowe's contribution of "Joan of Arc"
to its 'All Star Tribute", a cover-mount CD titled "Cohen
Covered", MOJO says: "Once famously described by the
Vancouver Courier as possessing a style akin to 'Elton John
meets Edith Piaf', the Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe is
renowned for her ability to blend control and melodrama. Certainly
she does so on this spirited cover of Cohen's Songs of Love and
Hate classic, a track which also powerfully showcases her
considerable talent as a fine interpreter of song."
Allison Crowe's 2008 Holiday Season performances:
25/11 ~ Corner Brook, NL - A&C Centre - Beary Merry Christmas revue to aid Corner Brook Firefighters Toy Drive
28/11 ~ Toronto, ON - Heliconian Hall - w. guest Stacy Burke
30/11 - Ottawa, ON - Library and Archives Canada - to aid Canines With A Cause and Vision Theatre
03/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Tavern on Camac
05/12 - Somerville, MA - The Nave Gallery - ARTSomerville, to aid EveryDay Angels Foundation
07/12 - New York City, NY - Laurie Beechman Theater - to aid EveryDay Angels Foundation
11/12 - Campbell River, BC - St. Peter's Anglican Church - w. Campbell River Childrens Choir & Jennifer Abbott - to aid Campbell River Hospice Society and CR Food Bank
13/12 - Nanaimo, BC - St. Andrew's United Church - w. guests Emily Bourke, Taylor Manns, Jennifer Moffett, Brynn Newman, Mathew Walker, Chelsea Peckett, & Mind's Eye poets, visual artists - to aid The Mind's Eye + Woodlands SS Band and Basketball programs
16/12 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall - w. guest Billie Woods - to aid Artemis Place and HepCBC
19/12 - Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall - w. guest Billie Woods - to aid St. James Community Square
20/12 - Whistler, BC - Whistler Conference Centre - w. guest Billie Woods
Fuller details of each concert can be found via the Tour pages of this site.
Peace! Goodwill toward all!