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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“Easy” Allison Crowe – Live Jazzhaus Freiburg

Allison Crowe’s bootleg video series continues here with a celebratory nod to this weekend’s opening of “Newfoundland Vinyl” – the hit Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador production at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival (staged in Canada’s beautiful Gros Morne National Park).

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Allison Crowe enjoys curating and arranging the music – mining a treasure trove of tunes from the region – songs that cover a full range of genres and emotions. And when she tours the world Crowe carries the sounds of home to her international audience.

On this concert night at Jazzhaus Freiburg in Germany – she performs a song penned by Terry Skinner that’s first recorded by Canadian country great Eddie Eastman (in 1979).

Allison Crowe recorded it for her album “Newfoundland Vinyl“: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/easy (released, naturally, on vinyl LP).

On its release last year, Gery Deugaw, the super-dedicated cultural archivist behind “GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador” @ http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld – notes: “After all the years of travelling the Trans-Canada, Eddie Eastman was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour in 2010. Allison Crowe performs this song with the easy sound it needs to be successfully reprised in the 21st century.”

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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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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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Allison Crowe video from Europe tour

In an courtyard tonight in Haarlem, Holland – there’s finally internet connection enough to upload a video from Allison Crowe’s “Heavy Graces” tour! Plenty more images – and, with any luck, more video – from the latest chapter in the musical story of one of the modern greats:

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Musician Allison Crowe performs her song “Disease” — before a rocking audience at Germany’s Jazzhaus Freiburg on Muttertag — Mother’s Day — 2014. This tune and Crowe’s wildly impassioned performances have drawn her comparison in Europe to innovative Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky — and the famed German singer-songwriter (“Liedermacher”), composer, author, and actor, Konstantin Wecker.

This hand-captured video is, obviously, lo-fi in sound+ — still, it captures some of the excitement of this night — representative of Crowe’s triumphant May 2014 “Heavy Graces” tour of Germany and Italy. The Canadian artist enraptured audiences who called her back for two or three encores each night.

At Jazzhaus – Allison Crowe takes to a stage that’s hosted: Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Bill Evans, Sun Ra, Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, BB King, Jimmy Cliff, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker, Betty Carter, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Terry Callier, John Mayall, Spencer Davis, Nigel Kennedy und mehr greats.

Vielen dank! Grazie mille! Thank you, everyone!

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Sie Liebt Dich

Super fun first show in Bernau! Amazing crowd, lovely room! Woot! (tweets Allison)

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Bernau bei Berlin last night welcomed Allison Crowe und Billie Woods – with friends old and new in life’s celebration of music and passion.

Part of Siebenklang 2014: Bernauer Musikfestspiele it’s an extraordinarily well-presented, promoted, attended and received show – and so much more :)

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Allison at the fleugel here in the Ausverkauft! (sold-out), beautiful, historic venue in Bernau.

Vielen dank, everyone!!! Feiern sie :)

Following the sensational launch @ Siebenklang, here are upcoming concert dates on Allison Crowe’s current “Heavy Graces” tournee:
07.05 - Frankfurt, Jazzlokal Mampf
11.05 - Freiburg, Jazzhaus
13.05 - Neunkirchen, Stummsche Reithalle
15.05 - Inning am Ammersee, Inninger Spectacel
17.05 - Florence, Circo-lo Teatro del Sale
20.05 - Münster, Hot Jazz Club
22.05 - Potsdam, Lindenpark
Full event calendar and info/links @ http://allisoncrowe.com/tour.html

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Allison Crowe Drives to New Lands: “Heavy Graces” Tour on Deck

She comes from a land of ice and snow. Some years more-so than others. And, like such phenomena, Allison Crowe’s preternatural talent, and her peerless body of music, is marked by a pure, crystalline, uniqueness.

“How can someone so small and young have such a big voice and write such heavy duty songs?,” legendary West-coast Canada musician and publisher Barry Newman found himself wondering upon discovering a teen-aged Crowe on a Vancouver Island stage in the year 2000. For a cover feature in Cosmic Debris, (the magazine he founded), Newman observed: “The inflections in her piano stylings were so mature too… there was a blues edge in there.”

“The first thing you notice about Allison Crowe is her voice. Rich and dark, it seems to come from a place most singers can only dream of accessing. Then there are the songs. Filled with raw passion and accompanied by eloquent piano playing,” notes Clodagh O’Connell, (The Courier, Rolling Stone+), in a maiden review of Crowe’s voyage to new lands.

Cultural critic for The Times Colonist newspaper in Victoria, BC, Adrian Chamberlain, also caught the artist in her early concert rounds: “(Listening to) Crowe is akin to sipping the richest of brandies.” The writer, himself a funk soul musician, explained: “Crowe’s singing is tremendously powerful; almost operatic. When she digs into a sustained note, as she so often does, the voice is huge, rounded, with a dark timbre.”

The amazing sound crossed the main. Before long UK music maven Dave Henderson, (MOJO, Q and Kerrang!+), was tipping MOJO mag’s audience to this siren from o’er the sea: “Once famously described as possessing a style akin to ‘Elton John meets Edith Piaf’, the Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe is renowned for her ability to blend control and melodrama.”

Moving deeper into this century, the musician’s voice is ever more complex – striking on its own and, most frequently, accompanied by 88 hammers of the gods in the hands of a virtuoso. “You really have to see Allison Crowe live. The way she splits those notes, it’s like light through a prism – all the colours of a song,” says Canadian radio and television veteran Rick Dennis.

Eight years back, Crowe migrated from her island birth-place of Nanaimo, BC, on the Pacific Ocean, to Corner Brook, nestled on another lovely isle, Newfoundland – near the Viking Trail on Atlantic shores. Acoustic guitar, fiddle and tin-whistle now figure alongside voice and piano in her musical palette – creating rock, folk, jazz, roots, country, Celtic and more thrills. Her newest recording, (released globally April 28), is an addictive variant of a centuries-old song of the seacoast, “Tarry Trousers”.

“Weirdly typical” is how BC dean of Canuck rock writers, Tom Harrison, describes a new album from Allison Crowe – and that legend is key to any map of her course. She presents bi-coastal “Tidings” concerts each Christmas season in her homeland. These past two years Crowe’s focused on: recording (four acclaimed albums – “Tidings Concert”, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, “Heavy Graces”, and “Songbook”); dance (performing songs of Leonard Cohen on-stage with Canada’s brilliant Royal Winnipeg Ballet); theatre (musically directing Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s rollicking hit show, “Newfoundland Vinyl”); and film projects – one recording riveting in the trailer for a major indie motion picture (“The Pardon”), and cameoing, pretty much as herself, in “Man of Steel”- a #1 box-office Superman movie among the decade’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters.

Steering well clear of the corporate record industry’s shallows, Crowe’s integrity is as steadfast as her sound is remarkable – a double-helix of traits akin to the DNA of previous generations’ mavericks. “I’m a big Johnny Cash fan. And I’m a big Allison Crowe fan. So the combination to me seemed like an awesome opportunity if we could make it happen,” explains “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder. “Allison and I had talked about trying to get some of her music in one of my movies whenever we could – and I thought, well, if I just put her in the film then there’s no way that it won’t work. So, that’s where you get Allison from.”

Allison Crowe's "Heavy Graces" Tour reaches Europe this May

Allison Crowe’s “Heavy Graces” Tour reaches Europe this May

For her next act, Allison Crowe returns to the international concert stage this May – with eight concerts upcoming in Europe: Bernau (03.05); Frankfurt (07.05); Freiburg (11.05); Neunkirchen (13.05); Inning (15.05); Florence (17.05); Münster (20.05); and Potsdam (22.05). The opening concert on this “Heavy Graces” tour quickly sold out – Ausverkaft! Full event calendar @ http://allisoncrowe.com/tour.html

For most of these dates, Crowe’s joined by special guest artist, and super-simpatico tour partner, Billie Woods http://www.facebook.com/billiewoodsmusic Woods’ distinctive vocal and nylon-string guitar style is rooted in Canada’s Pacific Northwest and infused with the warmth and vitality of cultural rhythms of Brazil. From home-base on Salt Spring Island, BC, in “Canada’s banana belt”, she’s blended a life of passions – principally music and photography.

Crowe’s Road/Stage manager, Axel Dollheiser, hails from Bavaria and Salt Spring. popTrip Entertainment, (currently moving headquarters from Berlin, Germany to Toronto, Canada), is booking agent.

Toronto-based author and visual artist Lorette C. Luzajic concludes: “Not everyone can bring down the divine, not everyone can be vast and mythological or bring the gifts of the gods into a winter’s night. But Allison Crowe channels the spirit each and every time.”

Some words about Allison Crowe from around the world @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/pressquotes.html

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