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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."

 

Allison Crowe Tidings - "Music for the Season & All Time"

 

"Treat yourself to one of the mightiest talents on the singer-songwriter scene today," says Bob Muller, song curator at JoniMitchell.com "Ever wonder what it would have been like to listen to a gifted
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!

 

 


 

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