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Crowe among guests for writers’ festival 

The Western Star, August 14, 2008

Allison Crowe will perform Friday evening at the Writers at Woody Point Festival.
Allison Crowe will perform Friday evening at the Writers at Woody Point Festival.

WOODY POINT — Singer/songwriter Allison Crowe  is returning home to Newfoundland for a special performance as part of the entertainment line-up at the fifth annual Writers at Woody Point Festival.

Crowe will be performing at the  Woody Point Heritage Theatre Friday evening.
When she last performed on the island in May, Crowe thrilled a full house at the Arts and Culture Centre in Corner Brook with her singular blend of rock, jazz, folk, blues and soul.
Since then, she has toured Europe and America, earning standing ovations in Paris, Prague, Vienna, Frankfurt, New York City and other cultural capitals of the world.

Her sixth and newest album, “Little Light,” is characteristically diverse — a mix of original songs and interpretations from Phil Ochs to Cyndi Lauper. “Power-house intense” is how one international reviewer described “Little Light”, noting “the energy of (live song) “Disease” can easily provide electricity to a small country for a decade.” And it’s not just the rockers that are excited: Toronto music scribe Lorette Luzajic calls “Northern Lights,” another live track on the album, “the prettiest song that Sarah McLachlan never wrote.”

“Northern Lights” was performed by Allison Crowe to open last year’s John Lennon Northern Lights Festival in Scotland. Next week, at the invitation of Julia Baird, director of Cavern City Tours, Crowe flies to Liverpool for a trio of performances to celebrate Beatles Week 2008.

The Woody Point Heritage Theatre, marking its 100th anniversary this year, is the base for the Writers at Woody Point Festival, which began in the Gros Morne National park enclave Tuesday and runs until Sunday.

Hosted by Shelagh Rogers, this Friday night also features the return to Woody Point of Gordon Pinsent, fresh off his Genie-award winning performance in the critically-acclaimed film “Away From Her”. Reading on the same bill that night will be two of Canada’s finest poets, Don McKay, winner of the Governor General’s Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize, and Corner Brook’s own Randall Maggs, reading from the acclaimed collection “Night Work”.



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