Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BBC Radio, MOJO sing "Hallelujah" this November 1

This Saturday, November 1, All Saint's Day, bicoastal Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe figures in a pair of major Leonard Cohen tributes - both originating in the UK.

MOJO magazine's feature issue (December cover date) on Cohen hits the stands in Europe (and will soon reach North America+), along with the special tribute CD "Cohen Covered" which contains Crowe's recording of "Joan of Arc" - a lesser-known exemplar of Leonard Cohen's poetic genius (from his 1971 album "Songs of Love and Hate").

MOJO's tribute to "The Incredible Resurrection of Rock's Greatest Poet" contains a career retrospective, by rock historian and journalist Sylvie Simmons, alongside a separate piece by Phil Alexander, and more, with plenty of photographs plus input from Leonard Cohen himself. The tribute CD, containing tracks from Allison Crowe, Judy Collins, Dion, Linda Thompson, Katie Melua, Nick Cave, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, and other bright talents spanning the decades, accompanies this MOJO issue.

Also, on Saturday, November 1, from 19:00 - 20:00 London time, BBC Radio 2 broadcasts a special documentary, "The Fourth, The Fifth, The Minor Fall", celebrating "Hallelujah", Leonard Cohen much-loved modern masterpiece in popular song.

BBC reports: "Guy Garvey, front man of Mercury Award winners Elbow, examines the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah by talking to the artists who have covered it. Marking 25 years since Hallelujah was first recorded, Guy explains why the track has been analysed by both academics and theologists and looks at how the song has graced anything from teen dramas to Hollywood blockbusters."

Allison Crowe was interviewed for this BBC documentary, and recorded performing "Hallelujah" in Liverpool on a recent concert visit to Northern England for Beatles Week 2008 festivities. Currently, Crowe is back in North America and readying for her annual 'Tidings' holiday concert series. Between now and Christmas Day, the young artist, acclaimed as an excitingly original songwriter and performer, as well as a supreme interpreter, will perform concerts reaching from her home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland to her home in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

MOJO salutes Leonard Cohen

Allison Crowe joins Judy Collins, Katie Melua and more in MOJO Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Canada's bicoastal musical marvel Allison Crowe is among those invited by MOJO magazine to celebrate Leonard Cohen, master of song, on a soon-to-be-released tribute CD. Crowe contributes her cover of "Joan of Arc" - a favourite first heard on the 1971 Cohen album "Songs of Love and Hate".

It's been a wonderful year for appreciation of poet and songwriter+ Leonard Cohen - highlighted by all the live performances, and, the love that's flowed famously at the Glastonbury Festival and more concerts across North America and Europe.

MOJO magazine, one of the world's great music publications, has put together a delightful tribute - one well-designed and timed to raise the banner high over a year that's been very special for lovers of Cohen, just turned 74. As they explain it: "The November 1 issue of MOJO (cover dated December) is celebrating deep and moving music, the kind of stuff we need in the run up to the holiday period. The accompanying MOJO cover mounted CD will be made up of 15 tired and emotional masterpieces from the pen of veteran songwriter Leonard Cohen."

Here be the final running order of the tracks on the upcoming tribute album:

1 Suzanne 3:42 - Ian McCulloch
2 In My Secret Life 4:23 - Katie Melua
3 Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye 3:02 - Claudine Longet
4 Sisters Of Mercy 3:34 - Dion
5 Story Of Isaac 4:09 - Linda Thompson
6 Priests 4:01 - Eyeless In Gaza
7 Joan of Arc 4:55 - Allison Crowe
8 Hallelujah 5:46 - Susanna And The Magical Orchestra
9 Avalanche 5:13 - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
10 Chelsea Hotel No.2 4:19 - Josh Ritter
11 Take This Longing 6:16 - Phil Campbell
12 Tower Of Song 3:46 - Martha Wainwright
13 Song For Bernadette 4:21 - Judy Collins
14 Famous Blue Raincoat 5:08 - The Handsome Family
15 Tonight Will Be Fine 2:45 - Mr David Viner

Alongside the MOJO cover-mount CD, there's expected to be plenty of love for Leonard Cohen reigning o'er the magazine's print and online editions, in Q magazine, and on MOJO Radio next month.

Allison Crowe is currently at the mid-point in her third European tour of 2008. It's a visit that's seen her perform to passionate audiences in Frankfurt, Paris, Siegen, Vienna, and now Prague, Czech Republic - after which she flies to the Highlands of Scotland for a concert in Durness, a fundraiser for the John Lennon Memorial Garden. Following this weekend in the Highlands, she performs in Edinburgh, before returning to North America where she’ll ready her annual Tidings holiday concert series in support of a host of charities from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts.

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