Easy Livin’, Lovin’

A song for a Winter’s night… and any time! One of the most vital popular music artists of this, or any, generation, Allison Crowe is also among the most versatile. With her release of “Newfoundland Vinyl” earlier this year, Allison delivers unvarnished roots and country to the mix.

Canadian country great Eddie Eastman recorded Terry Skinner’s song, “Easy” first in 1979. Here’s Allison’s new take: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U_GDkkfCa4

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Gery Deugaw, Owner/Archivist of the treasure-trove that is “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” LP Readies to Set Sail

Artwork and the track listing for “Newfoundland Vinyl”, Allison Crowe’s 11th release on Rubenesque Records Ltd., is ready. The album’s music sets sail worldwide next month.

As Musical Director for Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s production of “Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side” at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Crowe’s active now curating and arranging songs for this Summer’s cast.

It’s a rich and varied collection harvested from the island region’s popular music and oral traditions – and from which she’s culled a selection for her vinyl LP. The album’s 10 tracks traverse parlour songs to country tunes and folk favourites, songs of land and sea that share the strength and the struggles, the heartbreaks and the humour, of a people.

Recognized as one of the great modern interpreters of song, Allison Crowe’s singular performances deliver familiar and much-loved songs afresh and with renewed joy.

Coming next month, then, is Allison Crowe’s take on these songs that, over 200 years, come from, and out of, Newfoundland and Labrador – with ageless melodies and meaning:

Black Velvet Band – lively traditional song recorded on both sides of the Atlantic, including a version by the legendary Harry Hibbs

Easy – penned by Terry Skinner and made a classic radio hit by country star Eddie Eastman

Men Who Die for a Living – Gary O’Driscoll, award-winning songwriter and producer from St. Lawrence and the South coast, wrote this potent elegy “for the miners here and gone”

Cliffs of Baccalieu – Jack Withers’ sea-faring song has previously been sailed by such distinct voices as Anita Best and Stan Rogers

Skipper Billy’s Wake – songwriter Ellis Coles’ jaunty mix of moonshine, Screech and more was well popularized by Dick Nolan

Sonny’s Dream – Newfoundland’s “Man of 1000 Songs”, Ron Hynes, created this anthem of the heart and home

Tiny Red Light – a traditional Newfoundland song revitalized in the vinyl era by The Dorymen (popular east-coast combo founded by John Drake and Tom Rose – a pair of lads out of Fortune Bay communities Belleoram and Bay du Nord)

The Mobile Goat Song – composed by St. John’s Tom Cahill, frequent collaborator with “Newfoundland’s First Lady of Song”, Joan Morrissey, who released this fun romp on her 1973 LP “Home Brew

Seven Old Ladies – a bawdy song which musically plumbs a 1700s nursery rhyme, (“Johnny’s So Long at the Fair“) – and a tune also recorded by the great Joan Morrissey

Sweet Forget Me Not – first published in 1877, this tender tune by Bobby Newcomb was the first single, and a vinyl hit on the mainland as well, for Cape Shore’s Eddie Coffey

Allison Crowe’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” album launches June 25, 2013.

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Allison Crowe – New, Vinyl, Album This Summer

Allison Crowe has completed recording her newest album – to debut June 25, 2013. This new release, the 11th from Crowe’s Rubenesque Records, is the first to be available as a vinyl LP.

Crowe reveals her inspiration – working with Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, which celebrates the 18th Annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival when its season runs this year from May – September.

“I am so grateful to have been asked two years in a row to put together songs and musically direct for a show called ‘Newfoundland Vinyl’. I get to work with extremely talented and fun people each Summer in a gorgeous setting – Cow Head, NL,” says Allison from her home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. “From the vast and encyclopaedic sea of beautiful music to come from, and out of, Newfoundland and Labrador, here is a collection of some of the songs from this year’s show.”

Music and comedy come together in this theatre production, written and directed by TNL’s Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher. TNL announces: “On the heels of last year’s runaway hit we present the all new ‘Newfoundland Vinyl – The Flip Side!’ …the cast returns with more hits than a bagful of hammers!”

Nail more on this show and other GMTF events online now @ http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/play_Vinyl.html (and related pages). Full details on Allison Crowe’s new album coming in May.

Northern Lights over Gros Morne – photo by Allison Crowe

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Wedding Song

One of the rootsier songs in Allison Crowe’s richly varied repertoire is the closer to her “Little Light” album/CD. “Wedding Song” – the title says it.

A slide show of Allison images, by the ab fab photog/musician Billie Woods, shot in an apartment in Vienna, Austria, the pair share while on tour, is on YouTube:

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Mary 2011

This week, Allison Crowe has recorded three new originals: “Arthur” (not a Kinks kover); “By Any Terms“; and “Chasing the Rain“. She’s also recorded a cover.

Cover Me” blog’s Vincent Scarpa says: “Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe drops great covers every time we turn around.” Scarpa brands this newest interpretation “a lovely acoustic tribute to one of America’s most underrated songwriters. Patty Griffin would surely approve of this bare-bones delivery that exposes what are some of Griffin’s finest lyrics.”

You can hear this song @: Allison Crowe Records Patty Griffin’s “Mary” (Cover Me Premiere)

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On her most recent Tidings concert tour, Canadian musician Allison Crowe began performing “Mary“, a song written by the sublime American singer-songwriter Patty Griffin. (She’d fallen in love with the song when US cable television program “Sons of Anarchy” featured it in its Season two episode “Balm“.)

The New Year kicking in, Crowe pulled her piano stool over to the kitchen table, sat down and recorded this version simple and true.

Enjoy! Happy New Year to all!!

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