Allison Crowe: Tidings
Photo by Billie Woods.
Everyone has their favorite moments of the holidays. No matter who you ask there will always be at least one thing that stands above the rest which will surrender all other feelings, problems and become completely arrested by the season.
A popular choice is the reuniting of friends and family, and the sense of community around your neighborhood. Allison Crowe is bringing her Tidings show to Corner Brook tomorrow night and looks forward to having everyone together over the holidays.
“You can see family and friends that you haven’t seen in a long time, and just be together and celebrate. People seem to help each other more this time of year as well.
There’s a charitable spirit about that intensifies as the weather chills. It’s beautiful,” says musician, Allison Crowe.
For the last eight years Crowe has been performing the Tidings concert on the days leading up to Christmas. Last year the Tidings concert came to Corner Brook for the first time. Since Crowe calls two places home, Nanaimo, B.C. and Corner Brook, N.L., it’s only fitting that the tour covers both territories.
“No matter what else happens in the year, whether it’ s crazy and wonderful or bizarre and terrible, I know I can always count on these shows to bring everything and everyone back together. This time of year, too, a lot of people come home to visit family, so, to me, it’s kind of my version of bringing my families back together, on a grander scale.”
Tomorrow night’s performance will see Crowe perform the Tidings concert at The First United Church. Those in attendance should be prepared to embrace the sensations of the season as they will sit in an intimate setting filled with seasonal carols and original music from Crowe.
“For Tidings shows, I play a mix of seasonal songs, original songs, and some covers like the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, etc., and have a blast doing it. For the more traditional carols, there are a couple that are sort of repurposed and jazzed up a bit. I keep to the basics on a couple of the carols as well. Sometimes, and for many songs, in my view, the simpler the better.”
This is the last show of the 2010 Tidings tour, for Crowe, so all bets are off, and Christmas cheer will fill the room.
Allison Crowe’s Tiding Concert is tomorrow night, Friday December 17 at 8pm. Tickets are available at: Brewed Awakening (cash or cheque only, please – 35 West St. & 93 Mt. Bernard); Village Music (30 Main St.); Sharpe Music (44 Maple Valley Rd. – Corner Brook Plaza); Gary Bennett Music (93 Mt. Bernard); First United Church (19 Park St.); & online in Allison’s Box Office @
Gary Moore has recently moved from his hometown of St. John’s to the island’s West Coast to live in Corner Brook. Having worked in the Radio Industry for 5 years, Gary hosted a weekly radio show which featured Newfoundland and Labrador’s indie music scene. Gary is a columnist for the arts magazine Current, contributes as a freelance writer to several websites and is busy writing his first book which he hopes to complete in 2011.