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Allison Crowe

Singer honoured to be invited to perform on Cohen tribute CD

by Cory Hurley - Star Staff Writer - Saturday, November 1, 2008

CORNER BROOK - Allison Crowe feels a little bit like a heroine after performing on a tribute CD to to music icon Leonard Cohen.

The musician, who lives in Corner Brook, is among those invited by MOJO magazine to celebrate Cohen on the soon-to-be-released album.

Her version of "Joan of Arc" will be heard alongside the likes of Judy Collins, Nick Cave, and Katie Melua.

"It's pretty amazing," Crowe told The Western Star just after arriving back in the city from touring in Europe. "For one thing, it's Leonard Cohen and he is just such a legend throughout the whole world. It is just such an honour to be part of that.

"Also, to be a part of that CD with everyone else that's on it."

Crowe has had significant success online with her own music, particularly with her version of Cohen's "Hallelujah" - which is nearing 2.4 million views.

"He is an amazing write," she said. "Hallelujah is an amazing song and I love it.

"Joan of Arc," I was sort of looking through a bunch of Leonard's poems and stuff to see another song. "Joan of Arc" just stuck with me because I sort of sympathize with the lead character."

Crowe, originally from Nanaimo, B.C., believes the producers had just heard her music and requested her to be a part of the tribute CD. She said her inclusion was flattering and somewhat overwhelming.

Her version of "Joan of Arc" - a song first heard on the 1971 Cohen album 'Songs of Love and Hate" - was recorded about four years ago at her parents' house for her CD "Secrets".

Allison Crowe - Buck Lake, Canada - photo by Billie Woods

Allison Crowe, who lives in Corner Brook, is part of a cover tribute CD to Leonard Cohen that was conceived by a music magazine in the United Kingdom - photo by Billie Woods

 MOJO is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. The tribute is part of the Nov. 1 issue (cover dated December).

The cover-mounted CD will be made up of 15 songs from Cohen, who is now 74 years old.

Meanwhile, Crowe has just completed her third European tour and is currently in Corner Brook. She said this month will be spent relaxing, writing and recording before embarking on another tour that includes gigs in eastern and central Canada, the United States, and B.C.

She will also be performing at the Beary Merry Christmas show in Corner Brook later this month.

For more information on Crowe, and to hear her music, visit www.allisoncrowe.com



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