Allison Crowe Brings Tidings 2011 from St. John’s to Victoria

It’s coming on the season to celebrate with one of the great voices in popular music.


Expect plenty of rocking holiday cheer, laced with overtones of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and more when Allison Crowe delivers “Tidings“. The 2011 edition of Crowe’s annual holiday favourite begins in St. John’s, NL, the eastern terminus of the Trans-Canada Highway, and wraps in Victoria, BC, the western terminus.

The internationally-acclaimed musician, born on Vancouver Island, and home in Newfoundland for years now, stirs together traditional Christmas carols and holiday favourites with an organic blend of rock, jazz, folk, gospel and soul. “Be prepared to be amazed,” chimes ChristmasReviews.com Longtime NPR broadcaster Ross Hocker calls Allison Crowe’s show, “The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life.”

Italian radio calls Allison Crowe “Una voce incredibile per una forza della natura.”

As a performing artist, Crowe is akin, in ways, to the late, great, Swedish power-house soprano, Birgit Nilsson, about whom it’s said “No record or CD could quite prepare a listener for the real thing, live in the opera house”.

Tidings is Allison Crowe’s melding of the sacred and secular in “songs of the season” and spirit. Some of the music is familiar repertoire, delivered in singular style. Some is not like anything customarily heard in a holiday-time concert.

Tidings viscerally surveys a musical terrain of carols – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, In the Bleak Midwinter, What Child Is This, First Noel, Silent Night, O Holy Night – performed with rare artistry and passion, and emotive arrangements, alongside the modern canon of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Lennon/McCartney+, and Allison Crowe’s original songs, (including the just-composed “Arthur“, and the epic “Disease“), that draw on themes of faith, hope, sorrow, joy, redemption, transcendence and more from life’s well.

First staged in 2003, Tidings is an exciting experience shared by music-lovers around the world. This holiday season, Allison Crowe, with some very special musical guests, brings Tidings to:

St. John’s, NL – D.F. Cook Recital Hall – November 25

Corner Brook, NL – First United Church – December 2

Nanaimo, BC – St. Andrew’s United Church – December 10 – Featuring: Christopher Wood; Raymond Salgado; Kiana Smith; Kaleigh Hargrove; Taylor Manns; Emily Blake & Guests to aid The Mind’s Eye + Woodlands SS Band and Basketball programs

Vancouver, BC – St. Jame’s Hall – December 11 – Featuring guest artist: Juniper Watters

Campbell River, BC – St. Peter’s Anglican Church – Dec. 15 – Featuring: The Campbell River Childrens Choir with Director Barbara Prowse to aid Campbell River Hospice Society & CR Food Bank

Victoria, BC – Fairfield United Church – Dec. 17 (NB a shift from original date of Dec. 9) – Featuring guest artists: Haley Walker; & Billie Woods to aid Artemis Place, (girls’ educational and life-skills), and HepCBC

On Thursday, December 22, you can join Allison Crowe in her birth-place of Nanaimo, B.C. for the “Light Up a Life” Sing-along – part of the campaign for Haven Society organized by the Old City Quarter Merchants.

Full details of the “Tidings” concerts and sing-along will be posted @ allisoncrowe.com

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Me and Bobby McGee (live)

Me and Bobby McGee” penned by Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson, closes this second concert of Allison Crowe “Live at Wood Hall“. Allan Showalter, Buddha of the Broomcorn, blog-master @ http://1heckofaguy.com says, “Allison Crowe is the best thing to happen to ‘Me And Bobby McGee‘ since Janis Joplin changed Kristofferson’s lyrics.”

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(Applause/thanks)

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Imagine

Imagine“, composed by John Lennon, performed live by Allison Crowe.

More than forty years ago today, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a Bed In for Peace at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The couple held the eight-day event – from May 25 to June 1, 1969 – to protest civil unrest and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war.

“We’re going to sell peace the way other people sell soap”, Lennon told a young photo-journalist Gerry Deiter. Assigned by Life Magazine to document the happening in the hotel suite, Deiter was the only photographer there the entire 8 days. He captured hundreds of images of the couple singing, composing, visiting with friends and talking to the media. Lennon and Ono spoke to some 150 journalists during the press conferences they held daily from their bed. June 1 was the culmination – the recording of Give Peace A Chance.

Now these images come together in the book “Give Peace a Chance: John & Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace“. Photography by Gerry Deiter. Compiled by Joan Athey. Edited by Paul McGrath.

Joan Athey has graciously allowed these images to accompany a live performance of “Imagine” by Canadian musician Allison Crowe.

Give Peace A Chance

War is over if you want it

Imagine peace

http://www.peaceworksnow.com

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I Dreamed a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream” – Words & Music by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg. Culture blog Muruch calls Allison Crowe’s performance the definitive version of this song from Les Miserables. “Les Miz” fans have their faves, and that’s the nature of music and musicals. The passion of Allison live, heard in all she performs, is here, as Fantine…

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(Applause/banter)

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Secrets (live)

Allison Crowe performs “Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)” live, in concert. This recording is from the double-album song collection, “Live at Wood Hall”. A different version of this song is heard on the album/CD “secrets“.

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Image of Allison by Billie Rocha-Woods.

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Finally

Finally“. A song co-written by Allison Crowe and Stephen Clevette. Loves past, loves present… and, true to the message of Counting Crow’s Adam Duritz, one of Allison’s primary songwriting inspirations, she believes to this day it is the “heart that matters more”. (Applause/banter)
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Playboy Mommy (live, solo)

Playboy Mommy“. Says Allison Crowe: “There’s a freedom of artistry listening to and learning the songs of Tori Amos. A raw, emotional, sometimes confusing, wackiness. It’s okay to pound the notes out if you’re angry, so long as you remember to delicately fondle the notes later on. You can be strange and beautiful.” (Applause)YouTube Preview Image

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Pray for Rain

Pray for Rain“, one of Allison Crowe’s songs, (and there’s a fair number that are like this), that fits a full-tilt rock band, turning amps to 11, and, as well, Allison solo and acoustic – underscoring the power and the passion of her songwriting

Here’s the applause track for this song found on the “Live at Wood Hall” double-concert set.

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Running

Running” – in concert from Allison Crowe. A lovely song requested each time Allison performs in Edinburgh :)

Here’s the applause track

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How Long (live)

How Long“, by Allison Crowe (along with “Immersed“) is in the tradition of songs that show record execs can sometimes inspire great music! (Whether intentional or not.) Joni Mitchell’s more explicit with her “Free Man in Paris“, but, as we’ve noted before, Allison’s lemonade is a good squeeze. Here’s the applause track
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The recording heard in this YouTube presentation is the version of “How Long” on the “secrets‘ album/CD.

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