Friday, November 16, 2018

Newfoundland Vinyl IV

Cause why not release a new album on your own birthday?

Hahaha #newmusic  #newfoundland  #vinyl



The lovely isle of Newfoundland, off Canada’s Atlantic coast, is inspiration for this collection – the newest in the “Vinyl” series from Corner Brook, NL musician Allison Crowe.

Allison’s in harbour with a boatful of tunes reveling in, and revealing, the region’s rich culture and history – stirring music that nourishes heart and soul.

The album opens with “Mice March” and spins to a replay with “Russian Dance”, both selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” – freshly arranged and performed “trad” style for Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s “Ed & Ed’s Newfoundland Christmas Concert”. And between these tracks is a bounty of adventuresome musical ideas – embracing songs of land and sea.

Traditional music, and modern favourites – funny, poignant, earthy and ethereal – all part of the “Newfoundland Vinyl” stage-show lovingly curated and directed by Allison Crowe each Summer at TNL’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

The album cover photograph by Allison shows us what she sees at home making music. And the songs themselves let us feel it all, as well. Joys and hardships be tugging on the heart-line first cast by Simani, and true as ever: “You might think she’s rugged and cold, but she’s home, sweet, home to me.”

Allison Crowe: all vocals, instruments, engineering and production.

Album cover photo: Allison Crowe.

Graphics: Mind Palace Design.

Release: November 16, 2018

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Peace

Whether I’m Wrong”, the first song performance video from Allison Crowe to be posted online – more than a decade ago – is now hosted here in a higher-fi version:

In Spring/Summer 2003, Allison Crowe was residing in an apartment in New York City’s Chelsea neighbourhood. Whether or not the sun poured in like butterscotch it was a sticky time. This song was born then. Today, naturally, it’s just as vital our voices be heard.

Captured live-in-the-studio by visionary director Alex Postowoi and crew at Turtle Recording, White Rock, Canada. Audio engineer - Larry "Turtle" Anschell; Film Editor - Shirley Anne Claydon; Cameras - Karen Duthie & Randy Rotheisler.

The UNESCO-endorsed “New Songs for Peace” project has featured the song since its creation in 2003 @ http://www.newsongsforpeace.org/spotlight-200403.html  and http://www.newsongsforpeace.org/songs-crowe1.html

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aretha and the Music

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”, exits this passing show – and we have the music.

“It’s funny about music… music is like… music is one of the ways by which you can know everything which is going on in the world. You can feel… through music… Whew… you can feel the vibrations of everybody in the world at any given moment,” noted Nina Simone, the “High Priestess of Soul”.

Celebrating, communicating, commemorating, through music. Paying tribute, the way she does, here’s Allison Crowe with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, the Ronnie Shannon-composed song that’s the breakout hit for Aretha in 1967.


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Thursday, August 09, 2018

"Once" Upon an Opening Night

Here’s me as Eamon! Opening night tonight! @theatre_stjohns

Photo Credit: Rich Blenkinsopp*

*Allison Crowe as Eamon in Theatre St. John's production of "Once"

Set Design: Anna Treusch
Lighting Design: Noah Feaver
Costume Design: Keith Robert
Direction: Keith Pike

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Allison Crowe August

Happy Allison Crowe August! All this month, CHMR 93.5 FM DJs Fanboy Mark Jabroni and Reverend Jason Cantwell share the musical joys and explorations of Allison Crowe. Allison’s solo and band recordings will be featured throughout August on "The Friday Morning Markout". Tune in from anywhere on this planet, or from a pastoral lake on Mars, dial-in https://chmrfm.weebly.com – 8am to 10 am Newfoundland Time {6:30am EST}. 
It’s ok to shoot the moon – and that happens all this month, musically, on CHMR celebrating “Allison Crowe August”. Welcome aboard a cultural rocket-ship @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1137581292972720 

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Hurt


This is what I recorded the other day - NIN’s  “Hurt”  (by Trent Reznor, on “The Downward Spiral”) - recently requested and also requested by a friend 20 years ago, - who have birthdays 2 days apart it appears - so, I figured it was about time - happy birthday, Josh, and Kristen ️ 
Sidebar: when I think of people I’d love to record with one day - Trent always is in my brain. Perfect Drug is my favourite music video. Pretty Hate Machine is one of the albums that helped me through teenagehood (Cause I am a huge Tori Amos fan if that wasn’t obvious hahaha) . #music #nineinchnails #trent_reznor #recordings #vero  #toriamos

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Happy Independence Day :)

Allison Crowe, live, with a tune and message from the great American topical songwriter Phil Ochs” “When I’m Gone”.

Happy Independence Day, everyone, and a special shout-out to all our dear friends in the USA who are celebrating this July 4th weekend.

Here’s to joy and peace :)

Photos by the wonderful Billie Woods.


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