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 Happy 2018 ~ December 31, 2017

 

 

Happy 2018 - today I ate some amazing dim sum, went for a jog, eventually had a shower and dried half my hair - and now I’m in soft pants watching NYE shows. #NewYearsEve2017 #NewYearSameMe sending love to you all, everywhere!

 

Allison Crowe w Adam Happy 2018

 

 

 

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Now I'm 64 - Tidings Times ~ December 27

 

 

Musically bringing together Canada’s east and west coasts – Allison Crowe, Céline Sawchuk, Adam Christopher Brake and “Tidings” house sing a traditional Newfoundland parlour song, “Now I’m 64”.

 

AudioArchivist John MacMillan, whose motto is “Save the moment for the future!” – does just that:

 

 

 

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 Time After Time - Tidings Times ~ December 27

 

 

Victoria, BC-based Audio Archivist John MacMillan extends his reign as Bootleg Santa, sharing with us all, naughty or nice, some live concert videos captured on the recent Tidings tour. Here’s Allison Crowe letting down her hair for the Cyndi Lauper / Rob Hyman song “Time After Time”:

 

 

 

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Wexford Carol / Mary - Tidings Times ~ December 25

 

 

Bridging centuries as well as the distance 'tween Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland, from where originates the carol cited here, and Old Town, Maine, USA – birth-place of singer-songwriter Patty Griffin – Allison Crowe (vocals, guitar) and Céline Sawchuk (cello) in concert. “Wexford Carol / Mary” is the latest video in Audio Archivist John MacMillan’s Tidings 2017 bootleg series:

 

 

 

 

 

 Hours - Tidings Times ~ December 25

 

 

Hours”, a song from Allison Crowe and Band’s upcoming album, “Rare Birds”, was performed on this year’s “Tidings” concert tour. Bootleg Santa John MacMillan captured this performance by Allison (vocals, guitar) and Céline Sawchuk (cello):

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Night / Stille Nacht - Tidings Times ~ December 25

 

From the traditional Christmas repertoire, Allison Crowe and Celine Sawchuk perform “Silent Night / Stille Nacht” – music by Franz Gruber (1787-1863) and words: Joseph Mohr (1792-1848) translated by John F. Young (1820-1885) (sts 1, 2, 3) and anon. (st 4). Part of the ever-growing Tidings 2017 bootleg bounty brought down the chimney by Audio Archivist John MacMillan:

 

 

 

 

In My Life - Tidings Times ~ December 25

 

 

Tidings' music for all-time includes a couple of tunes from The Beatles. Here's "a John song" – part of Audio Archivist John MacMillan's new bootleg video series: Allison Crowe (vocals, piano) and Céline Sawchuk (cello) live: "In My Life".

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur - Tidings Times ~ December 25 - Christmas!

 

 

The gifts keep coming this Christmas Day. Bootleg Santa John MacMillan posts another live capture from the Tidings concert tour – Allison Crowe and Céline Sawchuk with “Arthur

 

 

 

 

 

 Tidings Times 2 ~ December 24

 

 

Sisters in music Allison Crowe and Céline Sawchuk bring warmth to the season – in this bootleg video from Audio Archivist John MacMillan:

 

 

 

 

 

Tidings Times ~ December 24

 

 

Donning the cap of Santa Claus tonight, in the musical wonderland, Victoria, BC Audio Archivist John MacMillan gifts us with some Tidings concert bootlegs.

 

Bringing comfort and joy from Corner Brook, NL to Sidney, Vancouver and Nanaimo, BC this season – Tidings on Canada’s Pacific coast launched with Allison Crowe and Céline Sawchuk in the fabulous Charlie White Theatre. Here, from the first note, is how things happened:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Silent Night ~ December 24

 

 

All is calm, all is bright...

 

 

"Silent Night" with Allison Crowe - solo.

 

And with Allison's trio of Dave Baird (bass) and Kevin Clevette (drums)

 

 

 

...from the "Tidings" television special national broadcast.

 

 

 

 

Tidings - Land Ho! (ho! ho!) ~ December 20

 

 

The Georgia Straight, Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly, lists “Tidings” as one of the to-do events in the Metro region – noting: “Canadian multi-instrumentalist Allison Crowe and German-born cellist-vocalist Céline Sawchuk present a concert of traditional holiday favourites plus rock, jazz, folk, roots, and soul tunes at the Cultch.”

 

In the wake of the sensational Pacific coast launch this past weekend in Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, Allison and Céline sail into the Vancouver East Cultural Centre’s C-Lab for a sold-out show Thursday, December 21 @ 8pm. See you on the mainland!

 

Allison Crowe and Celine Sawchuk - Tidings 2017

 

 

 

 

All Together Now ~ December 19

 

 

Minutes from now, the green and red sheets of lyrics will be passed around and the Community Singalong for “Light Up a Life” will ring out in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. This year’s songfest, led by Allison Crowe, is in support of The Nanaimo Shoebox Project. Things will surely be rocking in Real Foods by the time “What Child Is This (Greensleeves)” is the tune heard throughout the Mews

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coast-to-Coast Concerts & Joys ~ December 10

 

 

Kicking off the “Tidings” concert season with musical friends and family and a rollicking two-night-stand at Corner Brook’s Rotary Arts Centre, Allison Crowe now readies the sleigh to soar westward from Newfoundland’s Atlantic shores – to next touch down on Canada’s Pacific coast.

 

Along with the possibility of gingerbread, soul cakes, Link’s favourite toys, Allison’s sure to be packing this beloved carol from the 1800s, “In the Bleak Midwinter”:

 

 

 

 

 

 "A Voice Made for Christmas" ~ December 8

 

 

“Allison Crowe’s resonant, rich, gorgeous voice seems as much a manifestation of Christmas as an instrument for singing holiday songs”, declares Allan Showalter, elvish eminence behind “Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered”.

 

“Although I'm on vacation, I couldn't let the season past without publishing this encore post featuring Allison Crowe talking about her Christmas memories and singing O Holy Night and Joni Mitchell's River”:

 

Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered - Allison Crowe Christmas

 

click here - https://www.facebook.com/ashowalter1/posts/10214786576959327

 

 

 

 

 

 Celine Sawchuk & Erwin Join Allison Crowe for BC Tidings ~ December 1

 

 

We’ve just received this portrait of Céline Sawchuk with her vintage cello named Erwin – photographed by Howard Fry on Salt Spring Island. Céline, from Dennach in the Black Forest, of German, Mongolian, and Romanian heritage, joins Allison Crowe this year for Tidings concerts in Sidney / Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo, BC - adding her tones to the repertoire.

 

 

Celine Sawchuk w. Erwin, cello - photo by Howard Fry

 

Celine Sawchuk w. Erwin, cello - photo by Howard Fry

 

 

 

 

 Na zdravje to a world of music! ~ November 26

 

 

Friend and Belgian-Slovenian cultural liaison Milka Smid sends us a link to the reportage of Italian language journal “Il Mandracchio” on Allison Crowe and Band’s concerto in the Palazzo Manzioli at Easter-time 2016. Allison (piano, vocals, guitar) and bandmates Celine Sawchuk (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, vocals), Dave Baird (bass, vocals) performed with special guest Martin Štibernik (multi-instrumentalist) in the 15th century palace that’s now the heart of Izola, Slovenia’s Italian quarter. (“MisterMarsh” provided the first sound of an accordion in the mix – an instrument that’s become part of the combo with the joining of Keelan Purchase.)

 

Allison Crowe and Band in concerto al Manzioli - Il Mandracchio

 

 

Following the concert, the band performed live, Easter Sunday, for a national broadcast on Slovenia’s Radio Koper. Translating for the audience was Matej Krajnc, (of popular Maribo-based group Sužnji Sendvičev), and show host and producer in RK’s Studio Hendrix was the country’s much-loved musician and journalist+ Drago Mislej aka Mef. Congratulations are in order for Mef who, earlier this month, was awarded the prestigious Ježkova prize in recognition of his journalistic creativity and spirit.

 

Several of the songs peformed by Allison and Band can be enjoyed on facebook – the trad “Tarry Trousers” @ https://www.facebook.com/AllisonCroweMusic/videos/10153673012991676  and modern originals “Lisa’s Song” @

 

 

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Tidings returns to delight ~ November 24

 

 

Peninsula News Review’s Reporter Hugo Wong previews the holiday joys to come when “Tidings” lights up the fabulous Charlie White Theatre in Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, Friday December 15.

 

Allison Crowe, (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle & bodhran), of Scottish, Irish and Manx heritage, together with German, Mongolian, Romanian-rooted cellist/vocalist Celine Sawchuk deliver fun for everyone – music for the season and all time.

 

Allison Crowe Tidings - Sidney 2017 - Hugo Wong Peninsula News Review 

 

 

Click on the thumbnail above to see the article and also enjoy the concert feature in the PNR’s e-edition @ http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/e-editions/?iid=i20171122095622841

 

This holiday season "Tidings" brings comfort and joy on-stage to Corner Brook, NL (December 8 & 9), Sidney / Victoria, BC (Dec. 15), Vancouver, BC (Dec. 21) and Nanaimo, BC (Dec. 23). Show details in Allison's Box Office - click here.

 

 

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 Bird Set Free – Allison Crowe and Band Soar w. Sia Song! ~ November 18

 

 

First heard from the sensational live recording of Allison Crowe and Band – captured recently at LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland – is “Verses”. Paul Mercs Concerts, the great Canadian event presenters since 1991, kindly shared "Verses", posting: “Bravo Allison & Co! Beautiful & whimsical as always, got us jigg'n!”

 

This next song recording from the same show delivers some choruses! After their wardrobe hijinks, the band returns to the stage and soar with their cover of Sia’s uniquely anthemic “Bird Set Free”.

 

 

Musicians Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline Sawchuk (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dave Baird (bass, vocals) & Keelan Purchase (accordion, 12-string guitar, bodhran, harmonica, vocals) recently banded together on the lovely isle of Newfoundland for sessions and shows.

 

For a flock of creators who live, literally, all over the map it’s a rare chance to slow the world a bit. “We had time to experiment, and think more about the larger picture musically,” says bassist & birder Dave. “It’s only the beginning. It’s just the first we’ve had opportunity to work the music out without much time restraint. It was fun, relaxed, and productive.”

 

Melding into one sound and performance experience the rawest of folk roots and the richest of arena rock – that barely begins to describe the originality and freshness of the quintet’s music and personality.

 

Debuting at Corner Brook, NL’s Rotary Arts Centre, RAC Theatre Co-ordinator Brad Randell observes, “The performance was absolutely magical.”

 

Rolling across the rock to St. John’s and a concert night at LSPU Hall, magic’s afoot once more with Allison Crowe and Band – and, this time, serendipitously, artifacts remain to be shared in addition to golden memories of artists and audience+.

 

Alick Tsui, the truly remarkable SJ-based photographer, was able to attend Act 1 (the band’s NL concerts formed around one set in which Allison played guitar or fiddle, and, post-intermission, a second set of songs founded on Allison’s piano tunes) – and Alick captured some iconic images of Allison, Céline, Sarah, Dave & Keelan.

 

Fortune’s present audio-wise, and Allison’s SD (memory) card is filled with tracks to be mined,

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

 Muruch Shares Excitement with "Verses" ~ November 18

 

 

Pioneering mp3/music site Muruch – a discerning culture blog since 1999 – is excited by the new sounds and direction of Allison Crowe and bandmates Céline Sawchuk, Sarah White, Dave Baird & Keelan Purchase.

 

Featuring the newest recording from the combo today, Muruch notes: “Allison Crowe and her band have been performing new songs from their upcoming album, tentatively titled Rare Birds, at concerts on their current tour of Canada. Here is a live recording of her new song, “Verses”…

 

Muruch - Jen Hopper image

 

http://www.muruch.com/2017/11/allisoncrowe-verses.html 

 

 

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 Vail's TV8 Chats with Allison Crowe ~ November 18

 

 

Amidst all the band excitement – new music and shows+ – Allison Crowe made a solo expedition to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains where she performed a sold-out/SRO concert in the Vail Valley’s superb Vilar Performing Arts Centre.

 

TV8 caught up with Allison off-stage for a chat – and this video is now on YouTube. “Good Morning Vail” Host Mark Sassi sits down at the piano bench with Allison Crowe. Kudos to the TV8 Vail team – Producer Laura Mueller w. Heidi Smith, Sean O’Sullivan, Baker Jones and all (incl. Erik Janiszewski taking a break).

 

Thanks, too, to Vail Valley’s Jeremy Rietmann whose enjoyment of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” show launched the journey that brought Allison Crowe to the wonderful team and audience @ VPAC:

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xfFVouWvXk

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Allison and Band Find Clothier ~ November 16

 

 

’twas another favourite band from a northern town that lyricized love – and fun – cannae be bought with money.

 

Musing on such fab notions, this birthday of Allison Crowe, it must be noted, then, that Allison and bandmates Céline Sawchuk, Sarah White, Dave Baird & Keelan Purchase form a priceless combo.

Witness some of their concerted hijinks – giving rise to the group term known as “a reel of Keelans” (akin to a flock of seagulls, a pod of dolphins etc.) – and contributing to Allison’s recent post-tour declaration:

 

I'm exhausted - but it's the good kind of exhausted. Not the kind that's like "I'm never doing that again. Ever." , but rather the kind that comes from working like crazy on something you felt you were maybe supposed to do, but was really a giant leap in to a pit of OH DEAR GOD THIS IS CRAZY of sorts, with a group of people that rocked their butts off with enthusiasm and love the whole damn time. Not without fear. The kind of fight or flight that it turns out is exhilarating rather than debilitating. When you get off the ride at the fair and scream "LET'S DO IT AGAIN" until you're hoarse and your body can't take it anymore. So - Celine - thank you for your passion and music and images and designs and being my gym and knitting buddy, Dave - thank you for your precision and timing and hilariousness and birding and commitment - Sarah thank you for your mando and music and level-headedness and perspective with humour, and Keelan - for jumping in this crazy clown car with us and bringing your instruments and jokes and huge dramatic presence and subtlety and also thank you for your clothes. I love you guys. LET'S DO IT AGAIN.

 

 

 

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Verses ~ November 16

 

 

Celebrating the birthday of Allison Crowe, a great artist of our lifetime, with this newest of recordings – “Verses”.

 

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Meet the Band ~ November 13

 

 

Musicians Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline Sawchuk (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dave Baird (bass, vocals) & Keelan Purchase (accordion, 12-string guitar, bodhran, harmonica, vocals) recently banded together on the lovely isle of Newfoundland for sessions and shows.

 

For a flock of creators who live, literally, all over the map it’s a rare chance to slow the world a bit. “We had time to experiment, and think more about the larger picture musically,” says bassist & birder Dave. “It’s only the beginning. It’s just the first we’ve had opportunity to work the music out without much time restraint. It was fun, relaxed, and productive.”

 

Melding into one sound and performance experience the rawest of folk roots and the richest of arena rock that barely begins to describe the originality and freshness of the quintet’s music and personality.

 

Debuting at Corner Brook, NL’s Rotary Arts Centre, RAC Theatre Co-ordinator Brad Randell observes, “The performance was absolutely magical.”  

 

Rolling across the rock to St. John’s and a concert night at LSPU Hall, magic’s afoot once more with Allison Crowe and Band – and, this time, serendipitously, artifacts remain to be shared in addition to golden memories of artists and audience+.

 

Alick Tsui, the truly remarkable SJ-based photographer, was able to attend Act 1 (the band’s NL concerts formed around one set in which Allison played guitar or fiddle, and, post-intermission, a second set of songs founded on Allison’s piano tunes) – and Alick captured some iconic images of Allison, Céline, Sarah, Dave & Keelan.

 

Fortune’s present audio-wise, and Allison’s SD (memory) card is filled with tracks to be mined. First, let’s meet the band on-stage :)

 

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Art Auction Success Aids Kidney Foundation ~ November 12

 

 

A Brush of Hope”, the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s artful fundraiser, has concluded its auction of paintings by Canucks including musician Allison Crowe. Collectively, thanks to the generous support of art-lovers, fans, and friends, the art raised raised $17,359.73!

 

Tanya Kelley, Development Coordinator for the Kidney Foundation’s Atlantic Branch, notes this makes it possible for her group to:

 

“Send more children to Camp Lots-a-Wata, a medically supervised camp in Nova Scotia.

 

Provide short term emergency assistance for at risk dialysis patients that need help:
• Getting to their dialysis appointments. Some patients need to travel large distances to make it to the nearest Dialysis Unit.
• Obtaining nutritious meal choices (sometimes food banks are not able to stock renal friendly food)
• Help with dental work. A clean bill of health is necessary for getting onto the transplant list.

 

It also allows us to hold free Risk Assessment Clinics where the public can under go testing to determine their kidney health and educational events to help with prevention and support and research.”

 

Thank you for your support – and may the successful bidder on Allison’s painting of a sea bird, the American Avocet, enjoy the pictorial company of a fine feathered friend in their roost. Rare Birds, indeed :)

 

American Avocet - Allison Crowe painting for A Brush of Hope 2017 - 531 x 299px

 

 

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Happy Birthday, dear Joni! ~ November 7

 

 

Happy Birthday to a child who’s moved 74 times ’round the seasons, skated o’er plenty clear frozen streams – and, as she’s circled, given us music of profound truth and beauty. Joni Mitchell, the great artist born on this date in Fort Macleod, Alberta – salut!

 

From Joni’s “Blue” album – in tribute, compatriot Allison Crowe with “River”:

 

 

 

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"A Brush of Hope" Auction ~ October 29

 

 

A Brush of Hope” auction is live – for the next ten days, from now ‘til midnight EST on November 8: http://bit.ly/croweboh2017

 

The Foundation illuminates this “Opportunity to own an ORIGINAL, one of a kind piece of art by Allison Crowe. All proceeds 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.”

 

Allison’s contribution – on 8 x 10” canvas board, signed – is a painting of an American Avocet – a bird that Winters on the coast.

 

Allison Crowe - A Brush of Hope 2017 - American Avocet

 

Hang out in “A Brush of Hope” gallery – https://www.ebay.ca/usr/kidneyfoundationofcanada - enjoy, and bid on, paintings by Allison, Bif Naked, Tim Fox, Bret Hart, Elizabeth May and more Canucks in support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch.

 

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

 

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

 

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

 

Emily Dickinson

 

 

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(What's so Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding ~ October 26

 

 

“This song puts into words a lot of the things I'm feeling in a way that I have a hard time verbalizing clearly. It's been covered a lot. There's the Elvis Costello version which to me has a defiant protest like quality to it (as well as a kind of unique coolness that only Elvis can do in his own way) and the original which is deeply felt and how Nick Lowe sings it today is almost pleading. It really says so much. I hope to fall somewhere in the middle.”

 

 

 

Recorded by Allison Crowe for "Cover Me" blog's 10th Anniversary! Celebrate @ http://www.covermesongs.com/2017/10/cover-me-turns-ten.html  Mixed by Larry "Turtle" Anschell.

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

It's comin' on Tidings... ~ October 24

 

 

It’s comin’ on Tidings

 

Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran) and bandmates Céline Sawchuk (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dave Baird (bass, vocals) and Keelan Purchase (accordion, 12-string guitar, bodhran, harmonica, vocals) got together this Autumn on the lovely isle of Newfoundland for sessions and shows – marrying the rawest of folk roots and the richest of arena rock.

 

Within days of the band’s concerts in Corner Brook and St. John’s, NL, Allison Crowe journeyed to Colorado’s Vail Valley for more magic – a sold-out/SRO show high in the Rocky Mountains.

 

Over this Canadian Winter, Allison will complete her book of prose/poetry, “Fluttering”, and advance the band’s next album, “Rare Birds”.

 

’fore then, she and a sleighful of wonderful musicians will deliver “Tidngs” – Music for the Season & All-Time:

 

Allison Crowe w Celine Sawchuk - Tidings 2017 banner - 565

 

Friday, December 8 – 8:00pm – Tidings: Allison Crowe w. Surprise Guests @ Rotary Arts Centre, Unit 101, 5 Park Street (Lower Level City Hall), Corner Brook, NL A2H 6E1 RAC Box Office: (709) 630-0012 https://rotaryartscentre.yapsody.com/event/index/165386/tidings-dec-8th  + https://www.facebook.com/events/139819493315138

 

Saturday, December 9 – 8:00pm – Tidings: Allison Crowe w. Surprise Guests @ Rotary Arts Centre. Unit 101, 5 Park Street (Lower Level City Hall), Corner Brook, NL A2H 6E1 RAC Box Office: (709) 630-0012 https://rotaryartscentre.yapsody.com/event/index/165391/tidings-dec-9th  +
https://www.facebook.com/events/139819493315138

 

Friday, December 15 - 7:30pm – Tidings: Allison Crowe w. Céline Sawchuk @ Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC V8L 1W9 Mary Winspear Centre Box Office (250) 656-0275 http://marywinspear.ca/event/allison-crowes-tidings-w-celine-sawchuk-cellovox  + https://www.facebook.com/events/2028439024105043 

 

Thursday, December 21 - 8:00pm – Tidings: Allison Crowe w. Céline Sawchuk @ Culture Lab, "The Cultch" (Vancouver East Cultural Centre), 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6 Van East Cultural Centre Box Office (604) 251-1363 https://thecultch.com/events/55623  + https://www.facebook.com/events/167041433878900 

 

Saturday, December 23 - 7:30pm – Tidings: Allison Crowe w. Céline Sawchuk & Super Special Guests @ St. Andrew's United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada V9R 3A6 (250) 537-1286 http://www.allisoncrowe.com/shoptickets.html  + https://www.facebook.com/events/337917750012167 

 

Alick Tsui Photography
Mind Palace Design

 

Wishing you Joy, Peace & the Very Best of Health and Times!

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Avocet-ing for Kidney Research ~ October 23

 

 

A Brush of Hope”, The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s artful fund-raising campaign, is rolling again in 2017. Allison Crowe, inspired in part by the avian enthusiasms of her bassist Dave Baird, (pre-cat-hat aka Hobbes-as-headwear season), has painted a sea bird known colloquially as “blue shanks”.

 

“The American avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. This avocet spends much of its time foraging in shallow water or on mud flats, often sweeping its bill from side to side in water as it seeks its crustacean and insect prey” informs Wikipedia.

 

All proceeds of the artworks created by Allison and a flock of well-known Canadians will benefit kidney research in Canada – so, please, fly to the auction when it hatches this October 29 and put down your bills in support of this worthy cause. Thank you

 

American Avocet - painting by Allison Crowe for the Kidney Foundation of Canada - A Brush of Hope 2017

 

Word from the Foundation's facebook post:

 

#BrushofHope2017 is pleased to have received a painting from the talented singer/songwriter, Allison Crowe! The eBay auction will be held from October 29th, 12 p.m. to November 8th 12 p.m. EST On ebay.ca: Search for "Brush for Hope" All proceeds from the auction are donated to The Kidney Foundation of Canada. #newfoundland #music #brushofhope #allisoncrowe #canadian #artist #art #arte

 

 

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Fur Release ~ October 21

 

 

Travel can broaden one’s perspectives. It can also warm one’s ears.

 

Hobbes atop Dave Baird's head - St. John's, NL 2017

 

 

Musician Dave Baird journeyed recently from his home-base on Canada’s Pacific coast to rehearse and tour with Allison Crowe and Band in Newfoundland. While on the east coast, bassist Dave discovered what fashionable folks of St. John’s, NL are wearing this season.

 

Hobbes.

 

To purraphrase Dr. Seuss: “The Cat IS the Hat”.

 

Foto: Keelan Purchase

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Mountain Time Comin' 'round ~ October 10

 

 

Tuesday, October 17, one week tonight, Allison Crowe performs in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado - on-stage in the Vilar Performing Arts Centre (VPAC). There'll surely be music from across a spectrum of genres, and, yes, a range of time:

 

 

p.s. the Colorado experience was brilliant! Allison's concert was sold out/standing room only - and the entire visit was sublime! Thanks to all @ VPAC, and the people of the Vail Valley and beyond for such a beautiful time! Thanks, Jeremy, Carly, too, for lighting the fuse :)

 

 

Allison Crowe Music Notes

 

 

Why music? Why breathing? ~ September 27

 

what a fun night. I love these people! can't wait to do more of this. thank you to everyone who came to the shows and everyone involved for making it happen. #music #newfoundland #bands #stjohns #cornerbrook

 

l-r: Dave Baird & Keelan Purchase + up-front l-r: Sarah White, Allison Crowe, Céline Sawchuk

 

l-r: Dave Baird & Keelan Purchase
up-front l-r: Sarah White, Allison Crowe, Céline Sawchuk

 

 

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Sign o' Good Times ~ September 24

 

 

Sarah White, Céline Sawchuk, Dave Baird, Keelan Purchase & Allison Crowe big poster - St. John's, Newfoundland

 

l-r: Sarah White, Céline Sawchuk, Dave Baird, & Keelan Purchase; in-back, larger-than-life: Allison Crowe

 

“Look! We got a big poster on a wall! Allison took the photo because technically she's already in the picture.” notes Sarah live from the streets of St. John’s, NL.

 

 

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Sing Out! ~ September 19

 

 

Sing out! All aboard – sway along with Allison Crowe and Band jamming in the Corner Brook home of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador. (Thanks TNL!)

 

With a boundless repertoire that ranges o’er sea and land, air and fire, the majestic and mythic, the profoundly human, visceral as well as ethereal, from this session, (captured on Allison’s phone), here’s a sweet song of the hearth.

 

 

 

Making their global radio performance debut on BOIR's "Wonderful Fine Highlights" show tomorrow, 20.09.17 from 6:00 - 6:45pm local time in beautiful downtown Corner Brook, NL: Allison Crowe and Band! Allison, Céline, Sarah, Dave & Keelan join WFH Show Host Shannon Ann Coyle in-studio - with Kris Watton doing sound, and BOIR "backbone" Kody Gardner keeping the ship sailin' on

 

Climb on deck from anywhere 'round the world - via the radio station's online player @ http://www.boir.ca/player (located on BOIR's home-page @ http://boir.ca ) Music - and history - will be made

 

 

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The Band ~ September 16

 

 

Allison Crowe, Céline Sawchuk, Sarah White, Dave Baird & Keelan Purchase making music

 

 

Meet the band, l-r: Dave Baird (bass, vocals); Céline Sawchuk (cello, vocals); Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals); Keelan Purchase (accordion, 12-string guitar, bodhran, harmonica, vocals)
Up-front: Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran)

 

In league now, Allison, Céline, Sarah, Dave and Keelan delight and thrill in concert this month. "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," says bandleader Allison. And that’s just what happens.

 

Allison Crowe, Céline Sawchuk, Sarah White, Dave Baird & Keelan Purchase =  the band

 

 

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allison_crowe ~ September 3

 

 

  • allison_crowe bought a bag of apples from an adorable kid selling apples, made a pie for the band. #apples #pie #autumn #music
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    Apple Pie - Allison Crowe and Band

     

     

     

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    Introducing: Allison Crowe and Band ~ August 31

     

     

    Serving up timeless music and alliterative predictability, “The Friday Morning Markout” on Radio CHMR celebrates “Allison Crowe August” – and, come Spring, “Allison Crowe April” @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1137581292972720 Program Host DJ FanBoy Mark Jabroni’s joined in-studio this week by: Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran) and bandmates Céline Sawchuk (cello, vocals) and Dave Baird (bass, vocals).

     

     

    "No matter where Allison Crowe 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," observes Jeff Pitcher, Artistic Director, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador.

     

    Home in Corner Brook, NL Allison’s writing a book of prose poetry, “Fluttering”, and composing songs for a new album, “Rare Birds” (her 22nd release on Rubenesque Records). In 2017 she’s returned to Cow Head for a sixth year as Musical Director of “Newfoundland Vinyl”, a rollicking hit at TNL’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

     

    On the road, concerts blending rock, folk, Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, and roots, across Europe and North America commingle with other adventures – including Allison’s cameo in the Hollywood Superman blockbuster “Man of Steel” and touring as featured singer/pianist with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

     

    In league now, Allison, Céline and Dave unite soon with Sarah White (mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki, vocals) & Keelan Purchase (accordion, 12-string guitar, bodhran, harmonica). "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," says bandleader Allison. And that’s just what happens.

     

    In concert:

     

    Saturday, September 23 - Rotary Arts Centre, 5 Park Street, Corner Brook - RAC Box Office 630-0012 + more info @ https://rotaryartscentre.yapsody.com/…/allison-crowe-and-ba…  +  http://rotaryartscentre.ca/event/allison-crowe-and-band  &  https://www.facebook.com/events/162676974292965

     

    Tuesday, September 26 - LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria Street, St. John's - LSPU Box Office 709-753-4531 + more @ http://rca.nf.ca/event/introducing-allison-crowe-and-band + https://www.facebook.com/events/1949579325330110

     

    Showtimes: 8:00pm  A musical wonderment!

     

    More @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com + http://allisoncrowe.com

     

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    Allison  and 'mates Ready to Rock ~ August 24

     

     

    Allison Crowe, Celine Sawchuk and Dave Baird are united on the rock - Newfoundland - and soon to join their bandmates for musical wonderment! Here's an update from Allison:

     

    on the road again St John's bound! (Dave isn't actually sad he's just concentrating lol) #music #touring #newfoundland

     

    Allison Crowe, Céline Greb, Dave Baird Corner Brook to Stt. John's, Newfoundland

     

     

     

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    Allison Crowe's Super Hollywood Cameo ~ August 5

     

     

    Up, up, and away to an high-fidelity look behind the scene of the Superman blockbuster, “Man of Steel”, in which Allison Crowe appears as “Singer in Cassidy’s”. Hollywood director Zack Snyder explains how it all came together – and more

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sunday Sojourn ~ July 30

     

     

    Wake up you sleepy heads… for adventure, even on a lazy Sunday afternoon. “No Matter the Battle” pits Allison Crowe and Band, film-scorer Kayla Schmah, and cinema magician Georges Méliès against the moon’s inhabitants – and we’re all aboard:

     

    No Matter the Battle + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt II) from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

     

     

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    Allan Showalter's "10 Reasons I Love Canada" ~ July 1

     

     

    “O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us!” quoth the bard Robbie Burns. A Canada Day post from the personal blog of Allan Showalter, the word-spinner of magic @ "Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered":

     

    Canada Flag - Allan Showalter's "10 Reasons I Love Canada"

     

     

    10 Reasons I Love Canada

     

    Leonard Cohen

    Robertson Davies

    Allison Crowe

    Holly Cole

    k.d. lang

    Barenaked Ladies

    Ron Sexsmith

    Carol Shields

    Joni Mitchell

    Gordon Lightfoot

    1. American born but really, truly Canadian

     

     

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    Celebrating avec "Montreal" ~ July 1

     

     

    Long story short - this is a beautiful cover of my song "Montreal" by a wonderful student and singer in Dorval (musicians of L'école Dorval-Jean XXIII).

     

    Short story long (and rambling): So writing songs (for me, anyways) can be a weird thing - and can feel like no one will ever hear you, or care, or connect with how deeply you feel what you're saying - but then you kind of have to accept that maybe that doesn't matter, and it is in that instant only about what the creation for you means right then - and maybe that's all it'll ever be, it's absolutely possible no one will care, and so you just do it anyway, because it's what you do.

     

    Maybe after you write it, it doesn't matter what it means to you, it isn't about yourself at all, it's about what someone else can take away from it, heal, commiserate, rage, sing or laugh along - and you put every emotion you have in to whatever you're saying in one moment - but then that time passes, A LOT OF TIME PASSES VERY QUICKLY, and everything takes on different meanings. Sometimes it's hard, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it makes you cry.

     

    Students in Dorval are celebrating 375 years of Montreal, and this is a young woman singing a verse and chorus of my song "Montreal" , and I can honestly say that a) i never saw that coming b) i don't actually know what to say so i am saying too much and c) I'm crying.

     

     

     

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    Newfoundland Vinyl - 2017 editions opens ~ June 23

     

     

    I am so SO proud of everyone involved with Newfoundland Vinyl for all the hard work they've done in this past few weeks - I can not thank you enough for your hearts and souls - and here we are at opening night! Break legs and have a blast! #newfoundland #music

     

    Newfoundland Vinyl - 2017 ediition

     

    Opening tonight - "Newfoundland Vinyl" runs through September 1, 2017 at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. For show info and tickets visit Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador @ http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/newfoundland-vinyl-2017

     

     

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    Salute to mandolinist+ Sarah! ~ June 5

     

     

    Salut, Sarah! Happy Birthday :) Multi-instrumentalist+ Sarah White, nurtured in Canada’s coastal provinces of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, marks this special occasion in Cow Head, NL, where she’s Assistant Company/Production Manager for TNL’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

     

    Sarah White - mandolin, bouzouki, guitar - Allison Crowe and Band

     

    Foto of Sarah White by Allison Crowe

     

    Her contribution of mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, vocals+ to Allison Crowe and Band will enrich upcoming shows and recordings – right now, celebrate with Sarah’s mando and more in this concert bootleg of “Arthur” from the band’s most recent European tour:

     

     

     

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    Lift-off @ Gros Morne Theatre Fest ~ June 3

     

     

    Musician Allison Crowe’s now settled into Gros Morne, one of the world’s most naturally beautiful locations, readying with cast and crew for the sixth annual production of “Newfoundland Vinyl” – a rollicking part of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Conceived by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher, the show’s directed by Crowe and this year opens on June 23.

     

    In anticipation of this Summer’s selection of songs+, here’s the sounds of music from the early years of “Vinyl”: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/newfoundland-vinyl

     

     

    GMTF’s season launches tonight with a presentation of Marie Jones' “Fly Me to the Moon”. Lift-off is 8:30 pm in The Warehouse Theatre, Cow Head. For TNL’s full calendar of theatre and concerts to come - orbit http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com

     

     

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    Home for the Holidays and more ~ May 20

     

     

    It’s an holiday weekend o’er numerous Canadian provinces (outside of NB, NS and NL). The biggest celebration happens in Prince Edward Island and soon carries over to Newfoundland – marking a return home of the prodigal son, Link. Allison Crowe’s dashing friend has been visiting UPEI’s Small Animal Hospital where the super medical team has set him back on track. Next stop, home, as evinced in Allison + band’s joyful rendition of Gary O’Driscoll’s universally hearth-felt anthem:

     

     

     

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    Happy Birthday to cellist+ Céline! ~ May 17

     

     

    Happy Birthday, Céline! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Today we celebrate the birthday of Céline Sawchuk (née Greb), cellist and vocalist in Allison Crowe and Band – and the graphic designer of band posters, album art and more. Originally from the Black Forest of Germany, Céline now is home on Canada’s Salt Spring Island.

     

    As Allison and the group ready songs for their next album and concerts, here’s the sound of Céline’s strings and voice united with Alley and co. on “You All Haunt Me” from their “Heirs+Grievances” double-disc debut: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/you-all-haunt-me-3

     

    Céline Greb - cellist, vocalist - Allison Crowe and Band

     

    Céline Greb - foto by Colby Sawchuk

     

     

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    Happy Mother's Day ~ May 14

     

    Happy Mother’s Day! Schönen Muttertag – all the best to Mothers in all languages and lands

     

    The bond of John Lennon and Paul McCartney had much to do with their Mums. From this well of creativity, here’s Allison Crowe’s serving of “In My Life”:

     

     

     

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    World Migratory Bird Day ~ May 10

     

     

    It’s “World Migratory Bird Day”, the aim of which in 2017 is to “highlight the interdependence of people and nature, and more specifically people and migratory birds, as they share the same planet and the same limited resources.” World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006. That’s also when when musician Allison Crowe migrated from Canada’s Pacific coast to its Atlantic shore where she’s nested e’er since.

     

    Celebrating a common trajectory, here’s “This Little Bird”, from Crowe’s album of the same name:

     

     

    And, for info on WMBD, and the cause that’s under wing of the slogan “Their Future is Our Future – A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People”, flock to http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2017/their-future-is-our-future and UNESCO’s site @ http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1660

     

     

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    "Whether I'm Wrong" ~ April 6

     

     

    Allison Crowe with her first song and performance she posted online - "Whether I'm Wrong"

     

     

    Whether I'm Wrong - Allison Crowe live-in-the-studio from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

     

     

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    "Heirs+Grievances" Full Riches ~ April 3

     

     

    Heirs+Grievances”, already a glorious album of music from Allison Crowe and Band, is now an even fuller experience. Two song tracks are restored to the original release: a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No.2” and a live-in-the-studio take of “Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)” – a signature of Crowe’s repertoire.

     

    As concert versions of both songs are heard on “Introducing”, the live-CD element of the double-album, these tracks were dropped from last year’s physical pressing. Now, they’re reunited with the other tracks captured at Turtle Recording. A work of “artistic genius”, as “The Celtic Music Fan” describes the album, is now ever-more brilliant.

     

     

     

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    Lettin' Loose the "Black Velvet Band" ~ March 15

     

     

    Sweet serenade for the donning of something green and celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend:

     

     

    Allison Crowe lets loose the “Black Velvet Band” from her first “Newfoundland Vinyl” album: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/newfoundland-vinyl

     

     

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    "Hold Back" + "Effortless" Ciné ~ February 25

     

     

    “Cinema changed him and he changed cinema,” Agnès Varda, the great Ixelles (Brussels)-born French photographer and film director, says of cultural confrère, French-Swiss director/screenwriter/critic, Jean-Luc Godard.

     

    JLG’s short “Une femme coquette” is filmed in Geneva with credits to Hans Lucas (a nom de guerre the ground-breaking iconoclast used also for writings in ‘Cahier du Cinéma’). It’s rarely exhibited and seen until its recent sharing online with the world by Australian cinéaste and critic Dave Hesler. (Gracias, Nina, for flagging the original now available in full via YouTube @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzpFi0uBmzs and elsewhere.)

     

    This early (1955) creation of Godard, as excerpted here, finds its images meeting new sound – from Canadian musician Allison Crowe. “Hold Back” is recorded by Crowe herself at home in Corner Brook, NL. The ciné song’s lyricism reveals “an heart of mystery and some fears faced”.

     

     

    Effortless” is recorded by Ryan Adams in a log-home of Crowe’s friends on Salt Spring Island, BC. “Trying not to try so hard” is the puzzle.

     

     

     

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    Halifax Voices to Glow ~ February 21

     

    Considering the weather – and, perhaps, a limited number of Zambonis – the special advance ticket offer for “Music Speaks Louder Than Words” is extended now until March 7. Online Box Office info is @ http://scotianaires.ca/tickets and the event page on facebook is @ https://www.facebook.com/events/253414015091473/permalink/272951339804407

     

    Allison Crowe joins The ScotianAires, Atlantic Barbershop Chorus Champions, and award-winning women’s barbershop quartet, Tonic! for a concert celebration – Saturday, April 1 at the Bella Rose Arts Centre (283 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax, NS). Rejuvenating voices and song will be capped with camaraderie at the "Afterglow" party!

     

    Allison Crowe, The ScotianAires, Tonic! April 1, 2017 Concert banner

     

     

     

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    "The Allison Crowe Show" ~ February 17

     

    Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey… entertainment media masters all. Coming this Spring – delivering musical excitement of an whole new order – The Allison Crowe Show!

     

    Allison Crowe with Sarah White, Keelan Purchase & Greg House in concert – featuring performances by Bridget & Dahlia, and Emma Peckford – on-stage at the Rotary Arts Centre in beautiful downtown Corner Brook.

     

    RAC Theatre Co-ordinator Brad Randell reveals this first poster – and there’s an event page @ https://www.facebook.com/events/254446018332318 + advance tickets now on-sale c/o https://rotaryartscentre.yapsody.com/event/index/62329/the-allison-crowe-show Stay tuned for rock’n’revolution :)

     

    The Allison Crowe Show feat. Bridget & Dahlia, Emma Peckford

     

     

     

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    Tapping GIW ~ February 14

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Great Island Wonder" Uncorked ~ February 14

     

     

    There’s a lot of love expressed when Allison Crowe sings and plays. Love for another. Love for humanity. Love of place. Love of peace. Love of freedom. There’s heartbreak and loss, too. Exorcism. Transcendence. "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music” – the artist’s raison d’etre.

     

    Great Island Wonder” is the official release of a concert bootleg that’s long circulated in torrent trading circles. Mélanie Bilodeau of Denman Island, on Canada’s Pacific shores, presented this concert to her home community and neighbours on Hornby Island, BC in 2005 – it’s captured resonantly by Audioarchivist John MacMillan: https://allisoncrowe.bandcamp.com/album/great-island-wonder

     

    A sister, companion in ways, to “Live at Wood Hall” recordings of concerts earlier that Spring – this night’s undercurrents surface in song debuts of “I Don’t Know”, “You”, “Skeletons and Spirits” and reflect a different sort of intensity.

     

    This date was soon followed by a cross-Canada tour, embarking birth-place Nanaimo, BC and reaching St. John’s and Corner Brook, Newfoundland, on Canada’s Atlantic coast, where Allison Crowe made her new home. Bi-coastal love established then is grown ever-deeper now. (Another shift – this may be the final concert capture of entirely vocal-piano repertoire. By her next tours of Canada and Europe Crowe was including guitar songs, as well, in her set. In more recent years she’s added fiddle and bodhran.)

     

    Sharing the tape – John MacMillan describes this ‘Live on Denman Island’ doc in these ‘Personal notes’:

     

    “To be honest, this was a fairly ‘dark’ show - there seemed to be demons rearing their ugly heads for this concert. The song selection is pretty, um, deep and somewhat, well, I dunno what to call it. Not to go into all the dreary details, but I was beginning the end of a relationship with a partner who was the catalyst of making this show happen, and I believe Alley was going though a breakup that kind of came to a peak at this show. Like I say, the song selection and audience banter seems to reflect this stuff that was going on behind the scenes. Despite the personal hardships, I think it is a brilliant performance, with some humour thrown in as well. Allison Crowe is a great songwriter, a fantastic musician, and an amazing vocal talent. I hope you enjoy this recording as much as I enjoyed the show.”

     

    (MacMillan’s ‘Technical Notes’ to the recording are found on the Great Island Wonder” album page.)

     

    The album’s front cover, foto by Allison Crowe’s released earlier this year. Here now is the back-side: Straits of Georgia and Part of Vancouver Island (Map) – adapted from “Ocean to Ocean, Sandford Fleming's Expedition Through Canada in 1872” (pub. 1873).

     

     

    Great Island Wonder - Allison Crowe - album back cover

     

     

     

     

    "Tonight Will Be Fine" ~ February 14

     

     

    “In celebration of Valentine's Day, Cohencentric offers Allison Crowe's romantic cover of Leonard Cohen's Tonight Will Be Fine”:

     

    Tonight Will Be Fine - Allison Crowe on Cohencentric - Valentine's 2017

     

     

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    Allison Crowe, Tonic! & The ScotianAires Share the Love ~ February 13

     

     

    Mother Nature’s showing Canadians a lot of love for wind, ice and snow this season. Still, Spring is coming – and with its flowers and bird song arrives, in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, unalloyed joy in the form of a concert featuring Allison Crowe, Tonic! and The ScotianAires.

     

    At the Bella Rose Arts Centre, Saturday, April 1st “Music Speaks Louder than Words” (even those words used to describe the weather):  https://www.facebook.com/events/253414015091473/permalink/268387346927473

     

    Music Speaks Louder Than Words - April 1, 2017 concert - Allison Crowe, Tonic!, The ScotianAires

     

    "On Feb. 14 give the gift of music! Share the a cappella love!"

     

     

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    "Secrets" of Mona Lisa ~ February 10

     

     

    “There is hope,” writes musician Allison Crowe. “That word keeps coming up. It makes me think that maybe it’s real. It is resilient. You can try to leave it out but it keeps putting itself back in place. You can try to deny it but it won’t stay buried.”

     

    Crowe’s writing her first book, “Fluttering” about which she says: “There's a few paragraphs that are just sort of thinking out loud but, for the most part, there's either poems, prose, thought pieces, or stream of consciousness.”

     

    She’s composing, as well, for her next album – the artist's 22nd on Rubenesque Records' label. “Rare Birds” brings together again her brilliant bi-coastal band for concerts and recordings.

     

    Right now, here’s one of music’s great voices and one of rock’s great songs – “Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)” – a previously-unreleased version from Allison Crowe and Band’s “Heirs+Grievances” sessions.

     

     

     

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    "When I'm Gone" ~ February 5

     

     

    Many good hearts these days are looking to help one another in this life. Phil Ochs wrote a song for our times – and Allison Crowe helps deliver the message, “When I’m Gone”:

     

    When I'm Gone (Phil Ochs) - Allison Crowe from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

     

     

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    Global Community Celebrates Cohen ~ January 29

     

     

    Allison Crowe is among the artists and community members of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, paying tribute to the maestro Leonard Cohen – events in a global chain of people celebrating the life and creativity of the bard:

     

    No Way to Say Goodbye, a Tribute to Leonard Cohen - Corner Brook, Newfoundland

     

    "No Way to Say Goodbye, a Tribute to Leonard Cohen" - Rotary Arts Centre, Corner Brook, NL Canada - Photo courtesy Dean Peckford - posted to The Leonard Cohen Forum

     

     

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    Year of the Fire Rooster ~ January 28

     

     

    Celebrate this first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year with Allison Crowe on a musical and cinematic voyage that’s of, and out of, this world:

     

    Going Home Tonight - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

     

     

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    "Great Island Wonder" ~ January 26

     

     

    For the love of music, for the love of all life, this February 14, whether you celebrate Valentine’s or V-Day, or however, simply, you mark another day of existence – there’ll be a special soundtrack coming from Allison Crowe.

     

    A rare batch of “Great Island Wonder”, (named, also, for the love of bootlegs), is 18 song performances straight from the heart – and banter galore – captured by audio archivist John MacMillan in concert on Canada’s Denman Island a dozen years ago. This show, hosted by Denman’s Mélanie Bilodeau, offers a repast – an edible, audible, document of the artist’s solo repertoire at one delectable moment in time.

     

    Album art was originally anticipated to be wholly cartographic in nature – however, with such an Hipgnotic foto now facing us, the song+ info will be mapped out solely on GIW’s back cover to be released with the music on 14.02.2017.

     

    Great Island Wonder - Allison Crowe - album front cover

     

    Album cover foto: Allison Crowe

     

     

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    "You All Haunt Me" ~ January 22

     

     

    Allison Crowe is writing this season. Poems, prose, thought pieces, stream of consciousness... words that may become songs, companions thereto, or something totally different.

     

    Over 2017 she’s bringing together a bigger bi-coastal band, adding new members soon. While all this creativity unfurls we’ll share discoveries of recordings past.

     

    Her music catalogue is already free of over-production – art without artifice. Still, even more unvarnished is this version of “You All Haunt Me” – a song most recently heard on Allison Crowe and Band’s debut, “Introducing / Heirs+Grievances” (http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/you-all-haunt-me-3). This is the song first recorded simply to preserve the tune. As with the band version, the video features scenes from cinema classic “Ménilmontant”.

     

    Journalist Erin Fletcher, describing Allison Crowe in concert, found words that fit this, and any, track of hers just as well: "The music is the woman. She communicates about love, death and life through her songs. Her voice is unmistakable, and in the same song she can be powerfully raw, yet hit a high note so delicately it slips through her lips and kisses your ear.”

     

    You All Haunt Me from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

     

     

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    "Music Speaks Louder Than Words" ~ January 17

     

     

    Just announced! Allison Crowe returns to the lovely Canadian city of Halifax, Nova Scotia - her first visit since performing in H-town with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 2012. This upcoming special concert event - "Music Speaks Louder Than Words" - happens Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Bella Rose Arts Centre.

     

    Here's the scoop from The ScotianAires:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/253414015091473  Much fun ahead  :)

     

    ScotianAires with Allison Crowe - Music Speaks Louder Than Words

     

     

    Allison Crowe Music Notes

     

     

    Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ~ January 16

     

     

    We need always strive for peace and love in our lives and justice in society as we’re reminded on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here’s the piano version of “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)".

     

    Allison Crowe performs the Patty Griffin song live-in-the-studio of Newfoundland’s “Out of the Fog”. Thanks to musician, photographer, activist+ Bob Benvenuti for introducing Allison to this music.

     

     

    Celebrating this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Allison Crowe’s guitar version of Patty Griffin’s MLK song – tribute to the great civil rights activist and Baptist minister – “Up to the Mountain

     

     

     

    Visuals come from “Faces: Broadway” part of the “Faces: Newfoundland" installation created by Philip N. Robbins and Jillian Parsons (known then for their work with Stockpile or Larger Than a Cat).

     

     

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    "I remember you well..." ~ January 14

     

     

    This weekend Allison Crowe joins the Bay of Islands Sunday Session (Ivan Emke et al), Nick Hamlyn, Ruth Lawrence, Daniel Payne, Dahlia & Bridget, Helen Fox Reid, Emma Peckford, Tara Manuel with Michael Rigler, Louise Gauthier w. Tom Brennan and Cindy Kawaja, Gary & Whit on-stage in “No Way to Say Goodbye…” – a loving tribute to the buckskin boy who’s uplifted our world through words and music, the bard Leonard Cohen.

     

    As the artists soon take the Rotary Arts Centre stage, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland we all share in the salute. Here’s a live-in-the-studio, (previously unreleased), track from Allison Crowe and Band’s “Introducing / Heirs+Grievances” debut. Allison (vocals, piano) and LIN (cello) check-in with “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” – “I remember you well…”:

     

     

     

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    "No Way to Say Goodbye, a tribute to Leonard Cohen" ~ January 7

     

     

    When maestro Leonard Cohen passed away this Winter Allison Crowe and Band were in the midst of a concert tour. Immediate on-stage and audience outpourings of emotion and acknowledgement of the great loss of the man and artist flowed then.

     

    No Way to Say Goodbye, a tribute to Leonard Cohen - RAC, January 14, 2017

     

    Now, event organizers in Allison’s snowy home of Corner Brook, Newfoundland are planning a celebration of Leonard Cohen, his poetry, music and life – to happen next Saturday, January 14 at 8pm in the city’s Rotary Arts Centre: https://www.facebook.com/events/1345683302119641

     

    No Way To Say Goodbye, a tribute to Leonard Cohen” – to benefit the Artist Emergency Fund for Newfoundland and Labrador, CAPE (Cultural Artists Plan for Emergencies) – brings together Allison Crowe, Louise Gauthier, Tara Manuel, Dahlia & Bridget, Ruth Lawrence, Daniel Payne, Gary & Whit, Emma Peckford, Helen Fox Reid and more Cohen comrades and partisans.

     

    Earlier, at 4pm, January 14, also at the RAC, will be a screening of “Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Leonard Cohen” – the National Film Board’s 1965 documentary portrait directed by Donald Brittain & Don Owen: https://www.facebook.com/events/1191539880927868

     

    NB The concert of Saturday, January 14 is sold out! A second, matinee, show is happening Sunday, January 15 - 2:30pm at the RAC.

     

     

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    Clodagh Mara O'Connell Joins Allison Crowe & Co. for New Adventures ~ January 3

     

     

    The music of Allison Crowe has travelled greatly this century. Now, with bandmates, LIN, Sarah White & Dave Baird, there’s more adventure ahead.

     

    And, it’s with immense delight and gratitude we welcome aboard Clodagh Mara O’Connell – newly appointed Road & Merch Manager for the group.

     

    Clodagh is a lawyer and former music journalist and screenwriter. Her deep love of music and the arts has been the constant in her life and work. Clodagh’s passions and talents flow together with Allison + band in, both, admin and hands-on areas.

     

    Art and all at Rubenesque Records Ltd. has never shone brighter as we enter this New Year. A new web home is being built @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/wordpress - and the ol’ faithful site remains @ http://allisoncrowe.com – enjoy all the music @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com

     

    Allison Crowe and Band + Team 2017

     

     

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    Snow ~ January 2, 2017

     

     

    Snow.

     

    Fireworks all across the bay.

     

    For Shannon

     

     

     

     

     

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