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Rock'n'Rail lifts singer's movin' mood

Mike Bell, London Free Press/Sun Media, Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Allison Crowe has been rolling our way since the middle of May.

The B.C. singer and songwriter is crossing the country via Via Rail, as
part of her sea-to-sea Rock 'n' Rail Revue.

"It's been a lot of fun," Crowe says of her journey. Earlier this month,
she travelled straight from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, where she
kicked off the tour that's now moving eastward back to the Rock.

Along with being a way for Crowe to see the country and play some shows,
it's also something of a metaphorical pilgrimage for Crowe. She is
scheduled for an appearance on A-Channel tomorrow and a concert at Aeolian
Hall in London on Thursday at 8 p.m.

The 24-year-old is cementing her move from her hometown of Nanaimo, B.C.,
to Corner Brook, Nfld., where she'll be moving in with her boyfriend, whom
she met while touring out there six months ago.

Once in her new home, Crowe says, she'll be looking forward to throwing
herself back into her songwriting career and continuing work on a new
album.

Crowe launched her own label, Rubenesque Records Ltd., with the 2003
release of Lisa's Song + 6 Songs -- a collection of songs recorded live
off the floor. Secrets, the singer/songwriter's debut full-length album,
(recorded by herself, at home), was released in 2004.

Musically, Crowe, her gorgeous vocals and pristine piano compositions,
draw inspiration from a wide variety of influences.

As for the meat of her music, Crowe says she finds inspiration in the
everyday experiences of her young life.

"I write as sort of a therapy and then it comes out that way," she says.
"I get to sing it, and that's even better."

Crowe is scheduled to reach Newfoundland in June. The tour, which spans at
least 6,000 kilometres, is supported by Via Rail.

IF YOU GO

What: Concert by B.C. singer/songwriter Allison Crowe as part of her
cross-Canada Rock 'n' Rail Revue

When: Thursday, 8 p.m.

Where: Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. (at Rectory)

Tickets: $15, $10 (seniors/students); call 672-7950 or check www.allisoncrowe.com