Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Muruch + Music = Win, Win

There’s 10 days still to shake the world, and enter Muruch’s marvelous musical contest for your chance to win a copy of Allison Crowe’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” LP + d/l code – the collection of songs about which the veteran, West Virginia-based, music blogger says: "It has the timeless beauty of a classic folk album." (read the full review @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/allison-crowe-newfoundland-vinyl.html 

It’s fun, it’s simple, and you only live once! (unless you’re James Bond… or a cat)

For the scoop, visit Muruch’s reminder post - http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/giveaway-reminder-win-allison-crowes-new-album.html - and/or the original invitation to claim your prize music - http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/giveaway-win-1-of-5-allison-crowe-vinyl-lps-digital-downloads.html

Good luck/bon chance!!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hail Atlanti-Con! Fantastic Forum Coming Soon to Grenfell

Allison Crowe is super-delighted to join the line-up of Atlanti-Con 2 – a fabulous convention for fans of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, Comics and Anime that takes place September 28 and 29, 2013 at Grenfell Campus, MUN in lovely Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada.

“Our ever growing list of awesome just got longer!!!!!” says Jeff Keeping, Co-Executive Director of Atlanti-Con, in announcing: “So this past Summer, Man of Steel made a killing at the box office and we are lucky to be joined by singer / songwriter ALLISON CROWE who appeared in the film with Henry Cavill (Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman)!!” http://www.atlanti-con.com/guests.aspx  +  http://www.atlanti-con.com

Musician Allison Crowe with Director Zack Snyder on the set of "Man of Steel" - photo courtesy Clay Enos / Warner Bros.

Crowe’s singular vocal, musical and song-writing powers are known all over this planet. Something more of her secret identity is a passion for gaming – a theme, perhaps, for a rock opera (esp. considering her 100% achievement in Oblivion). Stepping into a phone-booth recently, following the red carpet premiere of the Zack Snyder-directed epic, “Man of Steel”, in NYC, Crowe revealed to Superman Homepage’s Steve Younis:

“I also play a lot of video games. (I played World of Warcraft for years - (Human Warlock, for what it's worth) and Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Oblivion... I love the Sims games... I just finished playing through all the Mass Effect series (SO AMAZING... I was really sad when it was over) ... also Bioshock Infinite is awesome as is the new Tomb Raider - I hope to start playing the Last of Us soon!)” http://www.supermanhomepage.com/movies/movies.php?topic=interview-allisoncrowe

(btw, Henry Cavill, Superman for this generation, is an avid gamer as noted in various articles eg. http://m.ca.ign.com/articles/2013/04/30/superman-star-talks-skyrim-world-of-warcraft-and-bond )

Atlanti-Con 2 guests already announced include: actor Robert Maillet (“300” – another Zack Snyder blockbuster, “The Immortals”, “Sherlock Holmes”, Guillermo del Toro’s just-released “Pacific Rim”, and more); Modern Fantasy Art Muse, and Cosplayer, Drakaina; raconteur Fat Apollo (of “Geeks Vs. Nerds” comedy show); artist / illustrator Kevin Kendall; authors Krista D. Ball, Darren Hann, and Charles O’Keefe; plus the cast of “Star Trek Reliant” – the fan-made YouTube web-series, created in St. John’s, NL.
(Brains and brawn aplenty in this Atlantic line-up joins a plenitude of pulchritude piled on with a pair of Haligonians in attendance. Drakaina’s role as international model and muse will meet with another legend – the too-sexy-for-his-gloves Fat Apollo – who, in a readers’ poll in Coast magazine, ended the seven-year reign of actress Ellen Page as “Sexiest Person in Halifax”.)

Feel like letting my geek flag fly...

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Muruch blog shares music joy many ways

Muruch's marvellous Summer flag unfurls some more with a contest/give-away of Allison Crowe's new album. Of "Newfoundland Vinyl", the West Virginia-based blog says: "It plays like a lovely, vintage collection of traditional Irish and Canadian folk ballads, lively sea chanteys and drinking songs, parlour songs and country tunes with surprising retro, girl-pop harmonies woven throughout. The album is full of dazzling melody and such a unique charm." (Enjoy the full review @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/allison-crowe-newfoundland-vinyl.html )

The site shares four song tracks - "Black Velvet Band", "Tiny Red Light", "Seven Old Ladies", and "Sweet Forget Me Not" - and offers you a chance to receive one of these special LP/download albums @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/giveaway-win-1-of-5-allison-crowe-vinyl-lps-digital-downloads.html

To hear Allison's "strong and spectacular" voice deliver these songs of Newfoundland and Labrador - and to possibly win the music collection - simply visit Muruch and post your comment :)

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Friday, July 12, 2013

"Newfoundland Vinyl" Revolution at GMTF - July 12 - August 30

The hit stage show that's inspired Allison Crowe's newest album, (and vice-versa), opens tonight at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival in lovely Cow Head, NL. Written and Directed by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador's Artistic Director Jeffrey Pitcher - with Musical Direction from Allison Crowe - 'Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side" plays from July 12 through August 30, 2013.

For insight into this creative revolution, CBC Radio's Weekend Arts Magazine, with Host and Producer, Angela Antle, announces that Allison Crowe's coming up this weekend on "Liner Notes" - which you can catch on air, and online @ http://www.cbc.ca/wam/liner-notes/2013/07/12/wam-july-13-14-liner-notes---allison-crowe

Here on the west coast of the country, we've barely had opportunity to chat with the amazing artist since she returned to Corner Brook, Canada from New York City and the red carpet premiere of "Man of Steel" - the Zack Snyder-directed Superman epic in which she appears performing "Ring of Fire", a song made famous by another iconoclast, Johnny Cash. In between the intensive rehearsals, she has tweeted a little - so we know for certain: "The NL Vinyl band is awesome" - and Allison is "So proud of everyone involved! :)"

Mussel boil beach fire - Cow Head, NL - Canada's Gros Morne National Park

The theatrical and musical cast that, starting tonight, is bound to delight music-and-fun-loving audiences all Summer comprises: Jennifer Furlong, Elena Claire Hewlett, Brad LeRiche, Amelia Manuel, Marquita Walsh - and, as the two Eds, Adam Brake and Stuart Simpson.

On the production side, making it all happen, are: Stage Manager, Courtney Harris; Set Designer, Derek Butt; Costume Designer, Lindsay Code; Original Sound Designer, Dirk Ave; Sound Coordinator, Ryan Borshuk; Lighting Designer, Johnny Cann; Tech Director/Crew Chief, Lisa Lahue; Head Scenic Painter/Asst. Carpenter; Natalie Tsang; Asst. Stage Manager, Stefanie Power; plus Production Assistants Dustin Payne and Jerry Combdon.

Direct from GMTF's 2013 Program, here's what's in the grooves:


How could we resist? While putting together last year's show of hits of the 1960's, 70's and 80's by Newfoundland's biggest recording stars we quickly realized there were enough hits for two shows, or three or four! An added fascination for me is what drove our singer/songwriters from Newfoundland to Toronto in the 60's in the first place? Was it fame and fortune? Was it about finding an audience in Toronto? Or was it something inherent as an artist being born and raised on an island that inspires him/her to test the waters in foreign lands? I believe those questions are answered in the song writing. So sit back, relax and listen to the songs that Allison chose tonight - I believe they reveal a whole lot about who and what were in the 60's. It's also particularly rewarding to have Allison Crowe, one of the most compelling and talented singer/songwriters in Canada working and living here on the west coast of Newfoundland. This is very much her show - her sound! Let's spin a few! ~ Jeff (Pitcher)


I am SO excited to be able to work again in beautiful Cow Head, NL this summer at the GMTF with TNL - I love it here, and I can't wait to get started! (I'm also admittedly pretty pumped for Lobster Festival.) My task this year was to find another great batch of songs, from or made popular in Newfoundland and Labrador, for this, newest incarnation of Newfoundland Vinyl - The Flip Side. And find those songs I did! There is an overwhelming abundance of beautiful music and wildly-talented musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador, and we are lucky to be able to hear them together. Interpreted tonight by some incredible and talented musicians and actors, each song has its own story to tell, heart to break, laugh to incite, thought to spur, and memory to recall - so please, enjoy the music and feel free to sing along! ~ Allison (Crowe)

And, of course, what happens on stage is possible thanks to the efforts of the stellar TNL/GMTF Front of House staff: incl. Kristi Caines, Tiffany Payne; FOH Manager, Ruth Payne; Box Office Manager, Dawn Payne; Head Usher, Deanna Hutchings; Box Office Attendants, Jodi Payne and Savannah Smith; and Ushers, Shellden Biggin and Vanessa Brown - together with volunteers incl.: Claudine Brown; Nancy Brown; Rachel Hutchings; Bill Payne; Freeman Payne; Loretta Payne; Marjorie Payne; Norma Payne; and Peggy Wheeler.

Overseeing the hugely successful annual festival be: TNL's General Manager, Gaylene Buckle; Production/Company Manager, Denise Dolliver; Artistic Associate, Sara...h McDonald; Assistant Administrator, Natasha Butt; and Financial Admin., Cynthia Harris.

For ticket info and other details on "Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side" and all the great shows happening this Summer at Gros Morne Theatre Festival - visit TNL's official website @ theatrenewfoundland.com/gmtf.html  +  telephone (709) 243-2899 or toll-free 1-877-243-2899.

Slainte mhaith!!

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

"Man of Steel" Set Pics

Allison Crowe on the set of "Man of Steel" with Director Zack Snyder.
A dream come true
Another image premiered on the Superman Homepage - here's a still of Allison Crowe from the movie scene in "Man of Steel" in which... you have to see the movie!! It's a wonderful, exciting, and uplifting film feast!
Just off the Island Highway, between Ladysmith and Nanaimo, BC, Canada is the Cassidy Inn. The fabulous cast, crew, and team creating the movie "Man of Steel" dropped into the Cassidy to make magic - and Allison Crowe joined in the fun.
Here's a pic shot on location by MoS Unit photographer Clay Enos - whose wide-ranging portraits and other images can be seen @ http://clayenos.com
This brings it all back home
Image premiered on the Superman Homepage - cheers to Super Steve Younis!
Photos courtesy Clay Enos / Warner Bros.

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