Saturday, June 03, 2017

Lift-off @ Gros Morne Theatre Fest

Musician Allison Crowe’s now settled into Gros Morne, one of the world’s most naturally beautiful locations, readying with cast and crew for the sixth annual production of “Newfoundland Vinyl” – a rollicking part of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Conceived by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher, the show’s directed by Crowe and this year opens on June 23. 
In anticipation of this Summer’s selection of songs+, here’s the sounds of music from the early years of “Vinyl”:

GMTF’s season launches tonight with a presentation of Marie Jones' “Fly Me to the Moon”. Lift-off is 8:30 pm in The Warehouse Theatre, Cow Head. For TNL’s full calendar of theatre and concerts to come - orbit 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Home for the Holidays and more

It’s an holiday weekend o’er numerous Canadian provinces (outside of NB, NS and NL). The biggest celebration happens in Prince Edward Island and soon carries over to Newfoundland marking a return home of the prodigal son, Link. Allison Crowe’s dashing friend has been visiting UPEI’s Small Animal Hospital where the super medical team has set him back on track. Next stop, home, as evinced in Allison + band’s joyful rendition of Gary O’Driscoll’s universally hearth-felt anthem:

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy Birthday to cellist+ Céline!

Happy Birthday, Céline! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Today we celebrate the birthday of Céline Sawchuk (née Greb), cellist and vocalist in Allison Crowe and Band – and the graphic designer of band posters, album art and more. Originally from the Black Forest of Germany, Céline now is home on Canada’s Salt Spring Island. 
As Allison and the group ready songs for their next album and concerts, here’s the sound of Céline’s strings and voice united with Alley and co. on “You All Haunt Me” from their “Heirs+Grievances” double-disc debut:

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

"Whether I'm Wrong"

Allison Crowe with her first song and performance she posted online - "Whether I'm Wrong"

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Monday, April 03, 2017

"Heirs+Grievances" Full Riches

Heirs+Grievances”, already a glorious album of music from Allison Crowe and Band, is now an even fuller experience. Two song tracks are restored to the original release: a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No.2” and a live-in-the-studio take of “Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)” – a signature of Crowe’s repertoire.
As concert versions of both songs are heard on “Introducing”, the live-CD element of the double-album, these tracks were dropped from last year’s physical pressing. Now, they’re reunited with the other tracks captured at Turtle Recording. A work of “artistic genius”, as “The Celtic Music Fan” describes the album, is now ever-more brilliant.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lettin' Loose the "Black Velvet Band"

Sweet serenade for the donning of something green and celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend: 
Allison Crowe lets loose the “Black Velvet Band” from her first “Newfoundland Vinyl” album:

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Hold Back" + "Effortless" Ciné

“Cinema changed him and he changed cinema,” Agnès Varda, the great Ixelles (Brussels)-born French photographer and film director, says of cultural confrère, French-Swiss director/screenwriter/critic, Jean-Luc Godard. 
JLG’s short “Une femme coquette” is filmed in Geneva with credits to Hans Lucas (a nom de guerre the ground-breaking iconoclast used also for writings in ‘Cahier du Cinéma’). It’s rarely exhibited and seen until its recent sharing online with the world by Australian cinéaste and critic Dave Hesler. (Gracias, Nina, for flagging the original now available in full via YouTube @ and elsewhere.) 
This early (1955) creation of Godard, as excerpted here, finds its images meeting new sound – from Canadian musician Allison Crowe. “Hold Back” is recorded by Crowe herself at home in Corner Brook, NL. The ciné song’s lyricism reveals “an heart of mystery and some fears faced”.

Effortless” is recorded by Ryan Adams in a log-home of Crowe’s friends on Salt Spring Island, BC. “Trying not to try so hard” is the puzzle.

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