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Allison Crowe alights on academy stage

SONG IN HER HEART: Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe will perform with her quartet at 8 pm on Friday, March 27 at the Powell River Academy of Music. (billie woods photo)

Internationally acclaimed songstress communicates emotions through music

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:58 PM CDT
Music lovers can expect overtones of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, jazz and Broadway when Allison Crowe, Canada's bi-coastal, singer-songwriter, performs in concert at 8 pm on Friday, March 27 at the Powell River Academy of Music.

Born and raised in Nanaimo and now living in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, internationally acclaimed Crowe delights in a wide range of roles. She's recently performed for the Queen's Master of Music, headlined a concert for the John Lennon Memorial Garden in the Scottish Highlands, joined the ensemble cast of The Vagina Monologues at the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University, and, online, her simple, honest music videos have been enjoyed by more than five million people.

"Treat yourself to one of the mightiest talents on the singer-songwriter scene today," advised Bob Muller, song curator at www.jonimitchell.com.

"Ever wonder what it would have been like to listen to a gifted singer-songwriter from Saskatchewan in a small, intimate hall before she became Joni Mitchell? Don't fret the missed opportunity. There's no need to turn back the clock. Check out Allison Crowe," stated Robert Reid in The Record.

Crowe's talent in communicating emotions not only makes her an original act, her role as an interpreter is getting much recognition. "Her version of I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) would give Aretha Franklin goose-bumps," noted Robert Moyes in Boulevard.

Recently, two major tributes to Leonard Cohen have featured Crowe's song contributions.

Longtime National Public Radio (NPR) host Ross Hocker called a performance by Crowe "the most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life."

For her first-ever visit to Powell River, Crowe is joined by a trio of West Coast musicians. Hailing from Salt Spring Island, Billie Woods, Crowe's guitarist, opens the show with songs inspired by life in Canada's Pacific coastal forest and infused with the warmth and vitality of the sambas, bossa novas and other cultural rhythms of Brazil. Crowe's quartet also features a pair of top-flight rhythm-makers: Dave Baird on acoustic and electric bass, and percussionist Laurent Boucher, renowned for his playing with Sunyata and other combos.

Advanced tickets for Crowe's performance are $17 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors, and are available at the academy box office, Breakwater Books and Split Endz Salon. Tickets at the door will be $20 and $15. For music and more information, readers can visit www.allisoncrowe.com.


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