Comox Valley Echo (Canada)Published: Friday, March 27, 2009
Expect overtones of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, jazz and Broadway when Allison Crowe, Canada's exciting, bicoastal singer-songwriter, performs in concert with special guest Joey Clarkson at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College (2300 Ryan Road) on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Dynamic Joey Clarkson (www.joeyclarkson.com) has been in the limelight since she was eight when she won a national poetry contest which springboarded her into songwriting and performing. Since then, she's written and performed dozens of her own songs for a variety of events and appeared on "Jewels of the Island" with the likes of Kenny Shaw and Todd Butler as well as the on inaugural Valley Idol CD.
"Joey Clarkson is an extremely talented singer/song-writer and performer, she has catchy fun songs and a quirky lovable style. We are very excited to be working with her. Joey is destined for great things," says Susie McGregor of Highland Music Multimedia, where Clarkson is currently recording her debut album of orginal songs. As well as running her own successful company, Joey Clarkson Musical Theatre, offering instruction to children and teens, Clarkson happily treads the boards in local musicals with TheatreWorks, Courtenay Little Theatre, and Rainbow Youth Theatre.
As lead singer in the newly formed band "Vestige" her fresh style, thought provoking lyrics and tight harmonies is gaining fans from the Comox Valley and beyond. This coming weekend, she'll perform solo to open the concert.
Born and raised in Nanaimo, BC, now living in Corner Brook, NL, internationally-acclaimed Allison Crowe (www.allisoncrowe.com) 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, been featured on BBC Radio, and in MOJO magazine and media across Europe and North America. 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," says Bob Muller, song curator at 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," writes Robert Reid in The Record.
Crowe's rare gift and talent in communicating emotions not only make her a thrilling original act, her role as an interpreter is getting much recognition.
Longtime NPR Radio host Ross Hocker calls a performance by Allison Crowe: "The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life."
As well as special guest Joey Clarkson, this coming weekend Allison Crowe is joined by a trio of fine west coast musicians. Hailing from Salt Spring Island, Billie Woods, guitarist in Crowe's band, infuses her playing with the warmth and vitality of the sambas, bossa novas and other cultural rhythms of Brazil. Crowe's band on the bill also features a pair of top-flight rhythm-makers: jazzer Dave Baird on acoustic and electric bass, and percussionist Laurent Boucher, renowned for his playing with Sunyata and other combos making music from Big Band to world beat.
Date/Time: Saturday, March 28 Doors: 7:00 p.m. Music: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Stan Hagen Theatre (in NIC), 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay
Tickets: $17 General/ $12 Students & Seniors ($20/$15 door). Advance tickets available at: Alley Cuts (Cumberland); Blue Heron Books (Comox); Bop City Records, Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Music Maxx (Courtenay) www.allisoncrowe.com
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