Song of the Summer! Circular Reasoning + Prix de beauté

Song of the Summer – dive in!

In advance of the upcoming full Allison Crowe video show – here’s “sneak peek” fun in the form of her song “Circular Reasoning” with visuals from a French silent film that became a talkie in 1930.

Prix de beauté” (“Beauty Prize” aka “Miss Europe”) is directed by Augusto Genina, written by René Clair & Georg W. Pabst and stars a radiant Louise Brooks.

Enjoy :)

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Allison Crowe has a 16-song-video-series that launches September 2, 2014. Pairing a spectrum of recordings from the Canadian musician with visuals from great artists and innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries – film-makers, animators, painters, photographers and more… – it’s a multi-media expression of Crowe’s mission to make “Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music.” ( http://allisoncrowe.com/bio.html )

And, this collection confirms the diagnosis of Dr. H Guy aka Allan Showalter, the world’s inimitable blogger “On Life, Love, Lust, & Leonard Cohen” – who notes: “Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song, You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song.” ( http://1heckofaguy.com/2009/01/27/wedding-song-allison-crowes-small-masterwork )

Much more on this all, naturally, to come – once we’ve celebrated Summer in this part of the world. Right now, it’s time for bathing suits, ice-cream, fresh berries, bicycle bells… any and all other of life’s simple joys and pleasures.

Sláinte!

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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms – Allison Crowe Live – Jazzhaus Freiburg

Allison Crowe delivers one of her encore tunes acapella – on Mother’s Day at Jazzhaus Freiburg, in Germany. (This being the latest, and, perhaps, last, in our live bootleg video series. At least until the next tour…)

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This traditional aire takes its lyrics from the writings of Thomas Moore. An international hit at the beginning of the previous century for the great Irish tenor John McCormack (who recorded it in 1911 and, again, in 1935), and Australia’s legendary coloratura soprano, Dame Nellie Melba (in 1909).

Allison Crowe’s Celtic roots show when she performs “Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms)“.

Recordings of this tune are found on Allison’s “Live at Wood Hall” (http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/live-at-wood-hall) and “Tidings Concert” (http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/tidings-concert) albums.And, it’s an “hidden” track closing her “Secrets” album (http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/secrets).

Irish Music Daily” provides delightful background to this beautiful song @ http://www.irishmusicdaily.com/believe-me-if-all-those-endearing-young-charms

Believe Me If All

Traditional Irish Aire w. words by Thomas Moore
As performed by Allison Crowe

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow,
and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy-gifts fading away,

Thou wouldst still be adored,
as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart,
Would entwine itself verdantly still.

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheek unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time has but made thee more dear:

No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sun-flower turns to her god, when he sets,
The same look which she gave when he rose.

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We have a voice, still…

In 2003, Allison Crowe and bandmates performed live in the Victoria, BC television studio of The New VI (later renamed A Channel) – for a nationally broadcast one-hour special called “Tidings”.

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Allison’s set that night includes “Whether I’m Wrong” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTB07RkNzX4 – soon featured by the UNESCO-endorsed “New Songs for Peace” project @ http://www.newsongsforpeace.org/spotlight-200403.html and http://www.newsongsforpeace.org/songs-crowe1.html

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This is the first song video of Allison Crowe we posted to a then new website called YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a6hmQbRcIM

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“Newfoundland Vinyl: The ‘C’ Side” Opens

Allison Crowe (@Allison_Crowe), tweets: “Tech week for NL Vinyl this week – we open on Friday – and we are already SOLD OUT for opening night!”

Now it’s opening night! The Western Star reports:

Crowe home again for ‘Newfoundland Vinyl’

Allison Crowe is back home again from international concert touring to serve as musical director of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s hit show “Newfoundland Vinyl” at this year’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

“Newfoundland Vinyl’ is back!”  the theatre company says in a prepared release. “Allison Crowe has made this show into a perennial festival favourite. The vinyl Newfoundland hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s by Newfoundland’s biggest recording stars are never-ending.”

This year’s production promises hits from Harry Hibbs’ “The Wild Rover” and Eddy Coffey’s “Area Code 709” to Corey & Trina’s “Northern Lights of Labrador

The show spins each Tuesday and Friday from Friday until Aug. 29. The cast features musicians/actors Colin Furlong, Craig Haley, Claire Hewlett, Amelia Manuel, Stephanie Payne, Keelan Purchase and Marquita Walsh, with Adam Christopher Brake as Ed.

The show is directed by Crowe and Jeff Pitcher.

Then on July 28, in a special solo performance, Crowe Sings “Newfoundland Vinyl” and more in the “Who’s Darkening Our Door” Concert Series at the Warehouse Theatre in Cow Head.

For info on all Gros Morne Theatre Festival happenings between May 31-Sept. 13, call 639-7238 or toll-free 1-877-243-2899, or visit www.theatrenewfoundland.com

Backstage artists making theatre magic for Nfld Vinyl and Beauty Queen of Leenane sets... TNL

“Backstage artists making theatre magic for Nfld Vinyl and Beauty Queen of Leenane sets…” tweets Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador

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“I want to live…”

Part of a series of bootleg videos – Allison Crowe live in Jazzhaus Freiburg.

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The Canadian musician performs “Through These Heavy Graces” – the song which gives title to her most recent album: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heavy-graces

Naming “Heavy Graces” one of the top albums of 2013, pioneering music blog Muruch says: “The original song lyrics on Heavy Graces seem to deal most often with regaining control of one’s own life, venting anger at and breaking free from oppressive influences and starting fresh with integrity intact. Whether such fierce and independent themes were born from the death of a relationship or Allison’s brief brush with Hollywood, it seems our favorite independent singer-songwriter is more determined than ever to forge her own path. I predict we’ll be seeing Allison Crowe not once but twice on our best of the year list.”

http://www.muruch.com/2013/10/allison-crowe-heavy-graces.html

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Allison Crowe’s State of the Union: Canada & Memorial Days, Pretzelfest & Independence Day

To share this holiday: some music – Allison Crowe’s “Northern Lights”, with the photographs of David Cartier, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmSs7Apu9Cs plus recipes from Allison for Toutons and for Rosemary Bread (you can make in a pot or, improvising, a skillet): http://7thumbsup.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/beaumont-hamel-canada-day-rosemary-bread-and-toutons

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North Americans mark an especially commemorative week – starting, eh, in this land of ours with Canada Day and, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial Day – Newfoundlander, comedian+ Rick Mercer notes the poignant dichotomy of July 1: “On the day we are supposed to be celebrating the flag, the flags are flying at half mast” in his blog @ http://rickmercer.blogspot.ca/2005/07/memorial-day-in-newfoundland.html This week rolls ahead with Pretzelfest, July 3 on Salt Spring Island, BC and rockets with July 4, Independence Day, celebrations across the USA.

Where e’er you be, and whatever the occasion, may you and yours know peace and joy alongside the best of health and times. Sláinte!

Here at Rubenesque Records we’re invigorated by Allison Crowe’s most recent, sensational, concerts in Europe. Now home, Allison’s already deep into production of this year’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival – as Musical Director of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s hit show, “Newfoundland Vinyl”.

TNL proclaims:

Newfoundland Vinyl” is back! And this time it’s “The “C” Side”. Allison Crowe has made this show into a perennial Festival favourite. The vinyl Newfoundland hits of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s by Newfoundland’s biggest recording stars are never- ending. From Harry Hibbs’ “The Wild Rover” to Eddy Coffey’s “Area Code 709” to Corey & Trina’s “Northern Lights of Labrador” Allison manages to lay bare the simple and beautiful melodies and lyrics of our most talented artists.”

The show spins each Tuesday and Friday from July 11 – August 29 at the GMTF – and the “incredibly talented and versatile cast”, says Allison, features the wonderful performing roster of musicians/actors: Colin Furlong, Craig Haley, Claire Hewlett, Amelia Manuel, Stephanie Payne, Keelan Purchase, and Marquita Walsh. With Adam Christopher Brake as Ed.

The show’s stellar cast is supported by a shining set of northern production lights: Director – Jeff Pitcher/Allison Crowe; Musical Director – Allison Crowe; Stage Manager – Effie Parsons; Set Design – Derek Butt; Costume Design – Lindsay Code; Original Sound Design – Dirk Ave; Original Lighting Design – Johnny Cann; and Sound Coordination & Lighting Coordination – Laura Penney.

On July 28, 2014, in a special, solo, performance, Allison Crowe Sings “Newfoundland Vinyl” and More – in GMTF’s “Who’s Darkening Our Door” Concert Series.

For info on these, and all, Gros Morne Theatre Festival shows (May 31-Sept. 13, 2014) – call 709-639-7238 or toll-free 1-877-243-2899 + visit http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com

To celebrate with the latest music and more from Allison Crowe, anyway, anyhow, anywhere you choose: http://music.allisoncrowe.com + http://www.youtube.com/user/Adrian22 + http://www.allisoncrowe.com/bio.html

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Secrets Live

“I am not an angel / I’m more like Mona Lisa / there’s something hiding in me / there’s always something behind my smile”.

Celebrating with another performance from Allison Crowe, herewith :)

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In this latest bootleg from her recent European concert tour, Allison Crowe, again, shows how and why she’s loved — and earns hearty plaudits – ’round the globe.

“Canada’s finest songwriter” says writer Stephen Thomas, co-founder of the UK’s Folkroom Records. “In a world of copycats and wannabes in the singer-songwriter field, Crowe is a true original and is playing in a league of her own,” notes L.A.-based writer/producer and AMG journalist Tom Mureika.

Delivery of musical joy and genius today come via pathways distant from the corporate product and pop / rock ephemera of the establishment record industry.

Here at the storied Jazzhaus in Freiburg, Germany, Allison Crowe reveals her “Secrets“.

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Music Hath Charms

Allison Crowe rocks hard as any musician – and is just as moving when she gently delivers a reflective ballad such as “Hold Back” – first heard on her “Little Light” album – http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/little-light

Here Crowe picks up her guitar and plays for a wonderful audience of music-lovers at Jazzhaus Freiburg – a Muttertag / Mother’s Day show on the “Heavy Graces” 2014 European concert tour.

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Between Two Trees – Allison Crowe and Billie Woods – Live Jazzhaus Freiburg

In 1976, Harry Hibbs, one of Newfoundland’s favourite music-makers, most famously released “Between Two Trees” – this song of love penned by Charlie McKinnon of New Brunswick, Canada.

It’s revived in 2013 for the premiere run of “Newfoundland Vinyl”. Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s hit show enjoys its third revolution this Summer at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival as “Newfoundland Vinyl: The ‘C’ Side”. NV’s conceived by TNL’s Artistic Director, Jeff Pitcher, and its Musical Director is Allison Crowe – who curates and arranges the songs for TNL’s wonderfully talented and spirited cast and crew.

On her latest sensational European concert tour, Crowe carried with her music from home – and in this bootleg video, she duets on “Between Two Trees”, with Canadian musician and photographer Billie Woods.

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Their performance delighted audiences, including here at Germany’s Jazzhaus Freiburg, a storied venue that’s soaked in the notes of such artists as Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Bill Evans, Archie Shepp, and Betty Carter – and, for the first time, is serenaded with this sweet music from Atlantic Canada.

On the airwaves and online, passionate stewards such as DJs Rob Carnell, (of “Salt Water Music” on CFRC 101.9FM), and Wayne Tucker, (of CHMR 93.5 FM’s “Newfound Records Radio Hour”) share the musical riches of the region – from the vinyl era to the latest tracks. A mother-lode for music-lovers and players is “GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador” – a marvellous celebration of musical heritage @ http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld (at last count home to 3660 songs, 2462 videos, and plenty of midis, song charts and scores and more). GEST’s Owner/Archivist Gery Deugauw, in addition to his own channel, is caretaker of two wonderful YouTube collections built with great love and rare dedication – ‘oldirishladdie’ @ http://www.youtube.com/user/oldirishladdie and ‘NLTreasure’ @ http://www.youtube.com/user/NLTreasure (this latter channel created by Jim Yetman, whose video legacy lives on).

TNL’s “Newfoundland Vinyl: The ‘C’ Side” spins each Tuesday and Friday from July 11 – August 29 at the GMTF – The Ethie Room, Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins, 193 Main Street, Cow Head, Newfoundland A0K 2A0 (http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/newfoundland-vinyl-the-c-side-2014

On July 28, 2014 Allison Crowe Sings “Newfoundland Vinyl” and More – in GMTF’s “Who’s Darkening Our Door” Concert Series at The Warehouse Theatre, Main Street, Cow Head, NL. (For info on this performance and all GMTF shows – call 709-639-7238 or toll-free 1-877-243-2899)

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My Funny Valentine – Allison Crowe w. Billie Woods – Live Jazzhaus Freiburg

On her most recent European tour, Allison Crowe’s concert venues included several classic jazz joints.

Crowe, who started playing piano at age five, first sang publicly around that same time – belting out the Jazz Era-hit “Ja-Da Ja-Da (Jing Jing Jing)”.

Making music her life full-time since age 16, the artist, now 32, is one of the great singers and musicians in popular music on-stage and on record this century. While she’s known as a singular writer and performer of rock, folk, pop, Newfoundland, Celtic, and other sounds – her roots in jazz go deep, and she now includes some favourite standards in her many-hued repertoire.

Here, at Germany’s Jazzhaus Freiburg, Allison Crowe sings Rogers & Hart’s “My Funny Valentine” – accompanied by the always delightful Billie Woods Music on guitar.

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Discerning culture blog Muruch loves Allison Crowe’s vocal take on the Rogers-Hart jazz standard, “My Funny Valentine”, saying: “I never thought anyone could match, let alone surpass, the great Etta James on this song, but Allison’s gut-busting high notes take the melody to a whole ‘nother level…”

http://www.muruch.com/2014/06/allison-crowe-my-funny-valentine-live-video.html

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