Monday, May 02, 2016

Arthur - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances



Love, family, age – elemental themes bond with Arthurian legend in this song of life's mystery and magic - the second tune, and video, from "Heirs + Grievances", the debut album of Allison Crowe and Band.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

You All Haunt Me - debut video


You All Haunt Me” opens the debut album from Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances. And the first music video for the double-disc set is this song paired with scenes from Ménilmontant, the silent cinema classic from Dimitri Kirsanoff featuring partner Nadia Sibirskaïa and Yolande Beaulieu.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Timeless + Transcendent: Allison Crowe and Band on Tour and Record

Like Bob Dylan at Newport, like Bruce Springsteen at The Bottom Line, Allison Crowe and Band electrified musically on tour in Europe this past month. Here’s the group’s final bow – on stage in Brussels after the second or third encore of the night: l – r - Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals); Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vocals); Dave Baird (bass); and Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran).

Allison Crowe and Band - final bow - Racines Bruxelles, April 19, 2016

This closing concert of the first leg of of the “Heirs + Grievances” tour happens in a place where love and life carry on following recent tragedy. Allison Crowe’s performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” blew past the soundboard’s limits, allowing artist and audience to continue a capella while the audio equipment was reset.

The power of music to transcend was evident throughout the group’s month-long tour of Germany, Slovenia, Italy, England and Belgium.

Waking now in Canada, the debut album of Allison Crowe and Band is named 'CD of the Week' by Tom Harrison, dean of western Canada’s rock music writers.

“In the past,” notes Harrison, “Crowe has devoted herself to trad folk, contemporary rock, Christmas songs and music of Leonard Cohen, all of which have merged into these two discs to create a portrait of an idealist — with the addition of her between-songs talk on the live recording revealing a bubbly personality.”

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

We have the music

 One of the greatest rock and roll escapades since the ’60s ends a chapter today in Europe as Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals), und Dave Baird (bass), part ways after this first leg of their “Heirs + Grievances” tour. We say farewell for now to Milka Smid, Intl. Tour Liaison, and Axel Dollheiser, Driver & Road Manager.


Thank you for coming out and being part of it all – Frankfurt, Izola, Firenze, Berlin, Dennach, Vaihingen an der Enz, Neunkirchen, Grunbach / Engelsbrand, Hamburg, Hastings, Hoielaart and Brussels!! We hope to bring the music to the whole world.


“My heart is full but it's also breaking , if I'm being honest - this is exactly the same picture i posted last night from @racines_bruxelles but for some reason it took a series of 6? Anyways why not?? - I couldn't ask for a better band or more amazing friends from all over the world - from Frankfurt to Brussels - and last night's show was the most fun I've had in years - which just makes it harder to know the tour is over! If anyone knows me - I'm usually tired at the end of tours - and yes I'm tired now - but I feel I could keep going forever - can't wait til next time -candles wtf forever! Holy f×× and THEN SOME - remember to never owl alone. (Inside jokes sorry haha)”

Allison Crowe on Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/allison_crowe 

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Allison Crowe and Band - Live on Tour

On Easter Sunday 2016 the “Heirs + Grievances” Tour of Allison Crowe and Band hopped into Radio Koper in Slovenia as part of a visit hatched by the country’s brilliant arts patron and cultural liaison Milka Smid-O’Reilly. The quartet chatted with radio host Drago Mislej aka Mef and musician/translator Matej Krajnc (of popular Maribo-based group Sužnji Sendvičev) and performed four songs live-on-air before RK’s in-studio audience.

Canada’s Allison Crowe uniquely inhabits the world of song – continually adding breadth and depth to a richly peerless repertoire for piano, vocals, guitar, fiddle and bodhran. Crowe’s “supernaturally agile and exquisite voice”, (as it's distilled by Muruch), is mated ideally with her sublime international touring band: Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vocals); Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals); and Dave Baird (bass). The group’s gorgeously thrilling hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock bridges vital originals with fresh interpretations of classics by such artists as Leonard Cohen and Annie Lennox.

The freshness and range of musical ideas and expression heard in each performance attests to the sagacity of Allan Showalter, eminence grise of “Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered” blog, in his observation: “Once you've heard one Allison Crowe song, You've heard one Allison Crowe song.”




Here's a traditional song, "Tarry Trousers", out of TNL's "Newfoundland Vinyl" hit show, with Allison, Sarah and Céline harmonizing Catch four songs from Allison Crowe and Band, (plus a preceding full set by Matej Krajnc & Sužnji Sendvičev), on the RK Easter show – “OKROG OSMIH z MEFOM - MATEJ KRAJNC in SUŽNJI SENDVIČEV ter ALLISON CROWE & BAND” @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BatEQS_t7lU : “V Studiu Hendrix Radia KOPER je Drago Mislej - MEF v njegovi nedeljski oddaji, 27. marca 2016, gostil Mateja KRAJNCA in Sužnje Sendvičev ter kanadsko pevko Allison CROWE z njeno skupino.” Hvala!!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Introducing / Heirs + Grievances Release!

"Introducing / Heirs + Grievances" is released!: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heirs-grievances

When critics liken you to Edith Piaf, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Modest Mussorgsky, it’s a good sign you’re truly one-of-a-kind. So it is with musical explorer Allison Crowe who, since creating her own record label in 2001, uniquely inhabits the world of song – continually adding breadth and depth to a richly expressive repertoire for piano, vocals, guitar and bodhran.


Crowe’s “supernaturally agile and exquisite voice” is complemented ideally by her international touring band: Céline Greb (cello, vocal harmonies); Sarah White (mandolin, vocal harmonies); and Dave Baird (bass). Longtime friend, musician and photographer Billie Woods contributes guitar and vocal harmonies to the band’s recordings. The combo’s gorgeously thrilling hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock bridges vital originals with fresh interpretations of classics by Annie Lennox and Gary O'Driscoll.

Alongside multi-genre concert and recording projects over this past year the Nanaimo-born, Newfoundland-based artist’s active as music curator and arranger for acclaimed stage productions of: Atlantic Canada’s folk and popular song; the collaborative works of Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill; and choral renderings of traditional Christmas carols.

A singular artistry and virtuosity make Allison Crowe performances legendary - and fun. In the Scottish Highlands she brought down the house on a bill with Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen's Music. In Hollywood Superman movie director Zack Snyder is outspoken in his respect and admiration. Touring with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet audiences responded with spontaneous standing ovations.

"The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life,” says longtime American public broadcaster Ross Hocker. “Allison has a special gift that is so very rare in musicians today. She is true to her mind, heart and spirit. She also has a most wonderful humor which envelops her audience."

"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," sums up Allison Crowe.

"Heirs + Grievances" is the debut studio album of Allison Crowe and Band (and the 20th release on Crowe's label, Rubenesque Records Ltd.) The digital album contains 13 exciting tunes and honestly potent performances. It’s a magnificent set of songs from Allison Crowe and her extraordinary band of musicians. The physical CD comes with a bonus, live, set – “Introducing”. Enjoy!!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Glasbena poslastica iz zasede


Mandrač, Slovenian journal of news and culture, today features Allison Crowe and Band in advance of the group performing in concert at Palazzo Manzioli, Izola on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

This article tells the magic of how things comes together as a consequence of dedicated and wondrous global arts patron and presenter Milka Smid-O’Reilly reaching out to Crowe years ago – seeking her help in obtaining permission from Sony/ATV, publishers of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, to allow a translation of the song into Slovenian.

Through their contact the country’s renowned and much-loved musician, Enzo Hrovatin, was enabled to make a version of this universal song in his tongue. The friendship formed then between figures of the cultural community in this European nation and the Canadian team of Allison Crowe has flowered beautifully ever since.

This Easter weekend, the exciting and amazing quartet of Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vox), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vox) & Dave Baird (bass) will perform in the restored Venetian late-Gothic Manzioli Palace - built in 1470 and now the heart of Izola’s Italian centre. Special guest is the delightful recording artist and music producer Martin Štibernik aka Mistermarsh.

Fittingly, with all the Irish roots on both sides of the water, this news adds to Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte, everyone!

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