Allison Crowe sits at her piano in the Ucluelet secondary school band room during a concert July 27. Crowe played as part of a fundraiser for a new school program. (Troy Watts Photo)
By Troy Watts, Westcoaster.ca
Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Allison Crowe delighted fans during a concert at the Ucluelet secondary school band room July 27.
Crowe played to an intimate audience as part of a fundraiser for a new school program called Global Education. The program is designed to educate students in current issues and to help them become more active and responsible global citizens.
Crowe said she enjoys performing for charity, and, as a musician, it is important for her to support a good cause.
“What I do is play on stage, I have a platform to get messages across, so [performing] is a natural thing to do.”
Crowe’s rich, powerful and soulful voice mesmerized the audience. She played several original songs as well as some cover songs by the Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, Leonard Cohen and Aretha Franklin.
Playing the piano, Crowe began the set with two mellow jazz numbers and then broke into the upbeat, yet darkly worded, “Sea of a Million Faces.”
Crowe later picked up her guitar and played a few songs beginning with a Cyndi Lauper cover “Time After Time.”
She then returned to the keys and beat out her furious and original song “Disease,” much to the audiences delight.
After the set, the audience called her back for an encore. She played two more songs one of which was a cover song of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man Like I Love You.” She played it with as much power and feeling as the original.
After the last note rang out the audience was on their feet for an enthusiastic standing ovation.
After the performance Crowe stayed to sign CDs and mingle with the audience.
Crowe said she grew up with a musical background and recorded her first song when she was 14.
“I’ve always played music since I was younger,” said Crowe. “My dad and family friends all played music as well so I grew up around jazz musicians my entire life.”
The Ucluelet show was Crowe’s first of a four show mini tour of Vancouver Island. She played in Tofino July 28 at the Clayoquot Sound Community Theater and will be playing in Gibsons and Sechelt next weekend.
Crowe is going back to her home in Newfoundland after finishing her tour on the Island. She will be performing a few shows in Eastern Canada and then she will be touring Europe for a few weeks starting in September.