Friday, May 27, 2016

Now I’m 64 - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances

Reflecting now with home-movies of Allison Crowe and her delightful rendition of a song that’s one of the treasures of Canadiana renewed by “Newfoundland Vinyl”, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s much-loved hit.
This year’s edition of “Vinyl” has begun rehearsals in prep for a “greatest hits” run this Summer at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, June 11 – September 2, 2016: http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/newfoundland-vinyl-the-greatest-hits-2016
Now I’m 64” is a traditional Newfoundland parlour song – here delivered by Allison Crowe and Band on their debut release, “Heirs + Grievances”. Earlier variants include recordings by Atlantic Canada musical legends Ryan’s Fancy, Harry Hibbs and more. The invaluable lyrics and video site “GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador” has plenty to help us cherish an history that’s, joyfully, tunefully alive today: http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/01/sixtyfour.htm

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Going Home Tonight - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances

Home. Whatever it is, wherever it is, it’s usually profoundly meaningful to us.

Ticket for a musical journey on life’s gossamer wings is Allison Crowe and Band – here with song number nine from the group’s debut album, “Heirs + Grievances”.

Well before PanAm Jet Clippers were on the air, the magic of French film-maker Georges Méliès carried people up, up and away to fresh perspectives. Imagination finds home in this travelogue from 1902, “Le Voyage dans la Lune” (A Trip to the Moon).


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Now - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances

Dynamo Allison Crowe appears as a singer in Cassidy’s bar in director Zack Snyder’s epic Superman reboot “Man of Steel” notes Mike Devlin, veteran music scribe for The Times Colonist (The Daily Planet of Victoria, Canada), in the paper’s latest “Scene and Heard” column:
http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/music/hermann-s-hosts-bluegrass-stars-bob-moses-returns-to-canada-1.2260599

Crowe’s cameo in the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster finds her performing in a north woods road-house where Clark Kent toils bussing while Lois Lane tracks the elusive hero. In creating the visual album for this year’s debut release from Allison Crowe and Band, “Heirs + Grievances”, it’s a natural to look to Lois & Clark for footage that fits “Now”:

Now - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Turtle on KISM + Times Colonist - Allison Crowe In the News

Much of Canada celebrates Victoria Day today. Ideal holiday-time to catch up on some fun music news. Broadcasting from Mount Constitution on Orcas Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest region of this continent is classic rock station KISM 92.9 where “Locals Only” show host Pooner Clark, a DJ with Idaho roots, interviews special guests. A recent chat with Larry Anschell, founder of storied Turtle Recording Studios and Brad Graham, Turtle engineer/producer extraordinaire, is now online: http://kism.com/locals-only/this-week-turtle-recording-studio (btw, the two DJs pictured with the audio, "Brad and John", are with a different program – they’re not Clark, Anschell or Graham)

Turtle Recording Studio - KISM Locals Only
Anschell recounts the originally-mobile, 1987-established British-Columbia-based, studio’s history capturing the sound of artists on both sides of the nearby Canada/US border – from Kenny G to Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan to Soundgarden and Alice in Chains (http://www.turtlerecording.com/about.html). As well, he and Graham spin current tracks of Jason Mitchell, Five Alarm Funk, Tonye Aganaba, Russ Robson and Sean Simpson.

About 22 minutes into the program, you’ll also hear a new recording from Allison Crowe and Band. Starting in 2001, to date Crowe has teamed up with Turtle on several singles, one EP, three albums and three double-albums. Videos of the artist performing “Hallelujah” and other songs from “Tidings” live-in-the-studio, enjoyed by many millions of people around the world, show Turtle’s studio when it was located beach-front in White Rock, BC. “Introducing / Heirs + Grievances”, the just-released debut double-disc from Allison and Band is recorded live-in-concert by Brad Graham and in the studio’s new, forest, location by Larry “Turtle” Anschell. For their ‘ears’, their integrity, and their special attunement to her honest style of music-making, Crowe and musical partners love working with the Turtle crew.

Introducing “Lisa’s Song” for the KISM radio show, Anschell provides insight into Crowe and her ways: “This was a live recording off-the-floor. She tends to just like to lay it down as real as can be… She’s really an amazing talent. Whenever I hear her, I get goose-bumps. And, you, know, that doesn’t always happen… being as jaded as we are in the recording business. When you’re struck just by real talent it’s an amazing thing.”

In print this holiday weekend, the convivial “Scene and Heard” column in The Times Colonist newspaper, based in BC’s capital city of Victoria (named for the same Queen we celebrate today), updates readers with word on Allison Crowe’s activities from “Newfoundland Vinyl” to her band’s new record release: http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/music/hermann-s-hosts-bluegrass-stars-bob-moses-returns-to-canada-1.2260599

TC rock music+ scribe Mike Devlin notes the video series for “Heirs + Grievances” is building on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/album/3932431 Today we’ll add the eighth song vid to this visual album.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

On the Air - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances

Ani DiFranco, “the little folksinger that could”, an inspiring model for Allison Crowe and her team, says she understands why so few musicians actually follow her DIY route – it’s hard work going against the current!

Still, there can be perks for a traveling troubadour. Behold the PanAm ‘Jet Clipper’, one of such aircraft checking in for decades at Gander International, Newfoundland’s hangars for refuelling on trans-Atlantic flights. It spirits passengers and crew in style.

On the Air - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

Allison Crowe and Band’s just-wrapped concert trip to Europe touched souls in Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium and England. “On the Air”, written when Crowe was a teenager, still packs great emotional weight – and soars now without some personal baggage of early flights.

On board for this musical journey, Allison Crowe (vocals, piano), Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vox), Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Dave Baird (bass) – and, in the wings, Sarah White (mandolin, vox). It’s on the manifest for for the band’s debut release “Heirs + Grievances”.

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Why - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances

“Do you know how I feel?”

An essential question raised in “Why” – the Annie Lennox song covered here by Allison Crowe and Band – and via the poetry of Jean Vigo’s 1934 film “L’Atalante” (from which the accompanying visuals are drawn).

Why - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

A 13-song video series for Allison and Band's debut album is now unspooling on facebook (as a playlist) and on Vimeo @ https://vimeo.com/album/3932431 as an album (that's complete when the song “Silence” posts online Friday, June 3, 2016).

Introducing / Heirs + Grievances

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Oceans - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances

A Mari Usque Ad Mare”. Canada’s motto well frames the dominion of Allison Crowe – “from sea to shining sea”. From her birth in the harbour city of Nanaimo, BC on the Pacific coast to her creative years at home in Corner Brook, NL on Atlantic shores there’s a vast expanse of beauty.

Crowe’s approach to music-making, along with bandmates Céline Greb aka Lin Lin, Billie Woods, Sarah White and Dave Baird – on record and on-stage – is so true, as well, that in an industry of processed audio and calculated everything, the sound of Allison Crowe and Band is refreshingly real as that of the natural world.

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