Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Allison Crowe says so long to solo" + hello to pink hair

“Allison Crowe says so long to solo”: Laura Lavin, Editor of Monday magazine, in Victoria, BC, Canada, puts a fine focus on the musical family formed around Allison Crowe – a group ready for artistic revolution and fun:

Starting next month – Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Celine Greb (cello, vox), and Dave Baird (bass) join Allison (vocals, piano, guitar, bodhran+) on stage and in the recording studio. Early in the New Year, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sarah White unites with the band.

Long a supreme solo artist, Allison Crowe and bandmates are set to share with the whole world, via concerts, recordings, videos and more, "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music."

Allison Crowe - pink hair - September 23, 2015

"Decided to go back to my natural bubblegum pink hair... ;)" tweets @Allison_Crowe

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Some Diurnal Aural Awe on Spiral

It feels entirely fitting, as Allison Crowe and bandmates ready for recording sessions, the first non-solo tracks for Crowe since her album “Spiral”, a lovely review of that 2010 song collection appears now in “Some Diurnal Aural Awe”:


Honest and Heartfelt, Both of Them” subtitles Some Awe - a writer, poet, and retired English teacher whose deep love and appreciation of music is woven into blog form.

And here’s the music from “Spiral” – produced wonderfully by Kayla Schmah:

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"The Pardon" Digital and DVD release

monterey media, an uniquely independent film studio since 1979, today announces the release of “The Pardon” in Digital (incl. iTunes). and DVD formats. The movie is now available for rent and purchase at Vimeo on Demand:

“A very thought provoking,true crime drama that examines the muddy-grey areas where victims, justice and love reside” says Amy Handler, Film International. “Jaime King lights up the screen… compelling,” – Kam Williams, Baret News Syndicate. “Oscar nominee John Hawkes is riveting” – The Hollywood Reporter.

The Pardon” trailer makes wonderful use of Allison Crowe’s version of “Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen masterwork. The film’s creators and distributors also have a presence on facebook - @ and

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Come Fly With Me Behind-the-Scene

In Hollywood, not too long ago, movie director Zack Snyder was putting together the soundtrack for his cinematic take on the Alan Moore-penned comic series “Watchmen”.

One particularly noteworthy scene played out to the sound of Allison Crowe’s much-loved recording of Hallelujah – the Leonard Cohen classic that’s been expressed in most ways imaginable. (This artistic association ultimately led to the director flying Crowe across the continent to cameo in his reboot of the Superman movie series, "Man of Steel".)

Considering the "Watchmen" scene was meant to be awkward and ironic, Snyder drew another breath and concluded Crowe’s performance was “too beautiful”, “too romantic” and “too sexy” for the film – replacing her version with Cohen’s original.

Allan Showalter, the ever-mysterious-and-curious eminence grise behind Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered" revisits that movie moment as only he can:

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Allison Crowe Band On-Stage

Canada’s Allison Crowe has emerged this century as one of the great popular songwriters and performers of the recording era. Amazing, fun, and exciting – her peerless catalogue and live shows are the stuff of legend.

"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make”, she explains.

Now, the Allison Crowe Band create joy and beauty anew each time they perform. Allison (vocals, piano, guitar, bodhran+) is joined by: Billie Woods (guitar, vocals); Celine Greb (cello, vocals); and Dave Baird (acoustic & electric bass).

For some upcoming European concert dates the quartet will include multi-instrumentalist Sarah White (in place of Billie Woods, who is oft-traveling on photographic assignments). There’ll be times, too, when the group performs as a trio and a quintet!

It’s early days, with band fotos and recordings still to come. To introduce the line-up readying for shows and sessions at present, here’s a composite image of Allison, Billie, Celine and Dave in their respective positions on-stage.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 for RAINN Benefit Album Features Three Allison Crowe Songs

Culture site Muruch, one of the web’s longest-serving supporters of music, this month launched its dream-project into the world – a benefit album for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network organization and helpline (originally created by Tori Amos): for RAINN moves from the horror of sexual trauma to the incredible courage of survival, benefits the most worthy cause and is a magnificent, genre-crossing collection of music, poetry and art.”

Muruch’s musical mascot Allison Crowe (she sang ‘Ring of Fire’ in Man of Steel) donated not 1 but 3 songs to our for RAINN benefit album. You can hear the first, ‘Words,’ below and get it along with 24 other mp3s by donating $10 (or more) directly to RAINN through Muruch’s fundraising page.

“The album also features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, American Gods/Coraline author Neil Gaiman, My Brightest Diamond, Amanda Palmer, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, The Mynabirds, Allison Crowe, Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor and many more.”

The first song from Allison featured is “Words” - – described this way by Muruch when it capped the blog’s list of Top 50 Songs of 2013:

“Though Allison apparently only took up the fiddle for the recording of this album, she already sounds like a folk fiddle pro in the standout track ‘Words’. What a lush piece of work that song is! There’s a touch of Celtic folk in the instrumentation, haunting backing vocals and a slow building, seething tension until Allison unleashes her wail toward the end of the song.”

Scared”, is second in the trilogy of songs Muruch presents on its benefit album  Of this track, released on Allison’s debut disc, “Six Songs”, the musician says:

This song is about not being afraid to stand up for yourself and what you believe in, to speak out even in the most adverse of circumstances.

Phoenix” is the third song Muruch includes from Allison’s on the benefit album - a song recording from “Sylvan Hour” - Allison Crowe’s album released this Spring -

Enjoy the music – in audio and video – and, please, support the for RAINN project and cause :) Thank you!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Glow of the Kerosene Light - higher fidelity shines

Allison Crowe, Billie Woods and Celine Greb perform Wince Coles' “By the Glow of the Kerosene Light” in their second-ever concert together. This higher-fidelity audio comes from Pender Island, Canada – and the Allison Crowe Band’s concert on Canada Day this year.

More concerts, and ever brighter musical fidelity from the group - which also features Dave Baird and Sarah White - is on its way.

And, to hear this great tune and more Newfoundland song treasures catch “Newfoundland Vinyl” at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival – on-stage through August 28, 2015. Take a spin through Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s website for word on this show, and all the terrific productions, at GMTF

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