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Arthur / Up to the Mountain – Double-A-Side from Allison Crowe

Allison Crowe releases a double-A-side single – two new song recordings available world-wide for enjoyment in audio and video formats.

In the terrestrial sphere, “Arthur” has its world premiere on CBC Radio’s “On the Go” program. Show Host Ted Blades promises to carry things “Up to the Mountain” tomorrow.

Blogger “Muruch” is helping Allison Crowe celebrate the music release, and 10th anniversary of Rubenesque Records Ltd. – with the online premiere of Allison’s two newest song recordings. And, as a treat for the next couple of weeks, the music is a gift from Muruch

Over at “1 Heck of a Guy” the two song videos make their debut along with this explanation: “Allison Crowe has often been featured on this site, in part for her gorgeous voice and in part for her exquisite songwriting.”

Both of those elements, DrHeck, says, are on display in this new release:

Arthur” – Playing her vintage upright-grand piano, at home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, Allison Crowe sings of love weighed through life and time.

Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” – Already a lover of American singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, Allison Crowe’s introduction to this Griffin tune came from Canadian rock and soul musician Bob Benvenuti when the two Canucks performed at a Christmas “Tidings” concert together. Crowe brings it on home with guitar and vocals – performing as her own Jordanaires for back-up.

Rubenesque Records Ltd., Canada’s most independently successful music label, celebrates its 10th anniversary with this characteristically passionate performance pairing.

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Here, above, is “Arthur” -  as it’s heard on the new release.

NB The single version of “Up to the Mountain” is on guitar. We’re fortunate to also have this video of a piano performance – Allison live-in-the-studio – “Out of the Fog” in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Warmest thanks to the team behind this popular news and arts magazine – Michael Fisher, Television Producer, Bruce Lane, camera – and all the OotF crew at Rogers television.

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Hallelujah

Next album to enjoy is “Tidings“. To spur Spring, with the robins and the crocuses, we’ll save “seasonal” songs for when we want the snow… And, so, we begin with “Hallelujah” – Allison Crowe’s much-loved version of what’s become Leonard Cohen’s most-covered song. Allison’s single/first-take performance is recorded live-off-the-floor at Larry Anschell’s Turtle Recording studios, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.
This video, recorded live-in-the-studio, also a single/first take, is a different performance, and one which has delighted an audience of more than seven million people so far:
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Allison Crowe’s live take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” so redefined an approach to the song it was plenty controversial in the first years of this century. Once that dam burst, and hundreds of covers poured forth, Crowe’s version took its place as a much-loved, classic, interpretation.

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Up to the Mountain (Patty Griffin) – Allison Crowe + “Faces” by Phil Robbins

Allison Crowe is, again, cooking up musical soul food in her kitchen. That’s where she’s recorded “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” - from the pen of the sublime Patty Griffin. Allison serves as her own Jordanaires – providing backing accompaniment to the lead vocals and guitar :)

Allison’s delighted by a recent opportunity to participate in a visual art project in the friendly and vibrant cultural community that is Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada — home on the Atlantic range to the much-loved and acclaimed singer-songwriter.

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“Friday March 4th 2011, I performed ‘Faces: Broadway’ a projection onto windows of the old Black Thorn Stick Cafe location on Broadway,” says Philip N. Robbins, one of the creators, noting “this projection creates an implied conversation, or narrative, between all of the participants in the videos.”

CornerBrooker.com, the city’s culture and news web portal (http://cornerbrooker.com/2011/03/faces-on-broadway) explains: “This was part of a project by Phil Robbins and Jillian Parsons (often known for their work with Stockpile or Larger Than a Cat) called Faces: Broadway which was a lead-up to Phil’s larger project, Faces: Newfoundland.”

Expressing a fascination “with the haunting portraits by Richard Avedon specifically his ‘In the American West’ portrait series,” Robbins is broadening the “Faces” canvas — and “crowdfunding” — aiming to sail successfully over the mercantile mosh pit to cover costs. You can learn about this project @ http://www.philipnormanrobbins.ca and aid the cause @ http://rockethub.com/projects/1082-faces-newfoundland

Allison Crowe is among the “Faces: Broadway” — and, here, Phil and Jillian’s video imagery projects a spirit as natural as the musical performance.

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