It Came Upon a Midnight Clear ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 1)

Peace on the earth, good will toward all…

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River ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 2)

Should you have a “Blue” Christmas, here’s a “River” you can skate away on… Allison Crowe’s “Tidings Concert” lights up this musical evergreen from Joni Mitchell.

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Hallelujah ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 3)

As we near the calendar close of this year, full of births and deaths, agonies and ecstasies, and everything in between, may there be peace and joy for you and yours. And, may we join in a chorus of “Hallelujah“. Here’s Allison Crowe, and “Tidings Concert“, channeling Leonard Cohen’s old ideas through modern times.

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In the Bleak Midwinter ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 4)

Next in the “Tidings Concert” set-list from Allison Crowe is this song – “In the Bleak Midwinter” – with words from Christina G. Rossetti – and music added later by Gustav Holst (“The Planets“+). Allison’s vocal and piano arrangement and performance once again bridging heaven and earth :)

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Northern Lights ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 5)

The world is a wondrous place – and among nature’s beautiful displays is the Aurora Borealis. Here’s Allison Crowe’s song from “Tidings Concert” which reflects on that beauty and the expanses of love: “Northern Lights“.

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Mary ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 6)

Here’s “Mary“, a song Allison Crowe first heard on an episode of the “Sons of Anarchy” television drama – and which got her into Patty Griffin, the song’s brilliant creator. Allison’s friend, driver, and European tour manager, the legendary Axel Dollheiser, was Patty’s driver in the 1990s and has been raving about her ever since – particularly the “Living With Ghosts” album. Things happen when and how they do – and, it’s a confessional scene involving Gemma Teller (played by Katey Sagal) on SoA that brought this music into Allison’s repertoire and “Tidings Concert“.

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Dearly ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 7)

Allison Crowe’s “Tidings Concert” features several guitar songs – and, here’s “Dearly:)

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Disease ~ Allison Crowe’s “Tidings Concert” (song 8)

An highlight for many experiencing “Tidings Concert“, and, from the outside, perhaps unexpectedly so, is Allison Crowe’s performance of “Disease“. It fits in Allison’s exploration of the many emotions and colours of the season, of life itself, and, has become a tradition, ever-evolving, in its singular way. “Power-house intense” is how one European reviewer describes it, saying: “the energy of ‘Disease‘ can easily provide electricity to a small country for a decade.”

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What Child Is This ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 9)

What Child Is This“, one of the traditional carols and hymns in the “Tidings Concert” repertoire, in this arrangement by Allison Crowe finds its melody in the 16th Century, Greensleeves, and words from the 19th Century’s William C. Dix and The Manger Throne. The passion – timeless :)

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Up to the Mountain ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 10)

Continuing as best we can, (counting, that is,), in reverse chronology – presenting the songs of “Tidings Concert” – here’s a tune written by Patty Grffin, an artist Allison Crowe discovered while watching a favourite television show, “Sons of Anarchy“. This particular song, not in the SoA soundtrack, was recommended to Allison by Canadian acoustic soul-singer Bob Benvenuti (seek him out!): “Up to the Mountain“.

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