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Friday, March 3, 2006
Popular B.C. musician recording album in Corner Brook 

Emerging vocalist/pianist Allison Crowe is in Corner Brook where she is recording her latest album. She is also taking some time out of her busy schedule to see the area and have some fun.

CORNER BROOK - Allison Crowe’s voice has taken her all over the world. 

Her latest stop is Corner Brook where she has chosen to record her next album.

Crowe admits her boyfriend living here is a major factor, but also after playing at Gitanos' restaurant in September she has more than one love interest over 6,000 kilometres from her west coast, Pacific island home.

“I wanted to come check out what was going on here for recording, just to try something new and try a whole different environment and have lots of fun while I’m doing it,” Crowe recently told The Western Star. “There’s so many musicians here and I’ve seen so many recording studios and stuff, so it seemed like sort of a treasure trove.”

A spur of the moment song on New Year’s Eve with life-long musicians, multi-instrumentalists and recording pros, Mike and Louis McDonald, struck up a partnership. The brothers from Corner Brook — who are well known in their roles in The Catch, The Fables, and the Louis McDonald Quartet — are rocking with Crowe in her recording of This Little Bird.

“They were really nice guys,” she said. “(The recording) is going good. It’s lots of fun. I’ve used the piano on Gitanos' to do the piano tracks, which is kind of fun and they made their recording gear mobile.

The extensive work is still in its early stages and Crowe expects the project to take a couple of months, something she doesn’t seem to mind at all.

Crowe says This Little Bird will contain about 10 songs composed by herself, alongside covers of tunes that were hits for Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin and The Lovin’ Spoonful. The pianist/vocalist will also be playing some guitar for the first time on an album. The title track on the album fittingly contains the lyric “same idea, different sea”.

Her time on the island, although for career purposes, won’t be all work and no play.

“I’m having lots of fun for sure,” she said. “I haven’t gotten to go skiing yet, but I hope to very soon. I’m planning to go to St. John’s for St. Patrick’s Day and I haven’t seen Gros Morne yet and I hear I should do that.

“I’m just kind’ve been hanging out and going to watch local artists and stuff like that is a lot of fun as well. It’s beautiful, I love it here. It actually reminds me of Vancouver Island in a lot of ways. I see a lot of similarities.”

After recording her album, she plans to return to British Columbia to finalize plans on future touring of most likely Canada and Europe.