In 1999 a teen-aged Allison Crowe was already
building her legend as a musician – radiating from
her birthplace of Nanaimo, BC to perform in
nightclubs and bars up and down Vancouver Island on
Canada’s Pacific coast.
That same year, across the continent in the USA, a
West Virginia-based poet and cultural commentator
was launching one of the first, and now
longest-running, legal-mp3 music websites. Under
the banner of “Murúch”, the Irish word for
“mermaid”, pioneering Editor/Head Writer Vic and
her team of writers and photographers still plumb
the currents of music, books, film and other arts.
’s RSS feed is
syndicated on Hype Machine
… The site has been featured on
VH1’s Best Week Ever Blog
, The Woodstock
website, MSN’s Money Central
, Technorati’s Top 100 Music Blogs
and The Guardian
’s website.” Rolling Stone
has reposted the site’s content, and its reviews are
quoted “in countless press releases, Amazon
pages and even album liner
notes”. Cited, as well, by the University of
Maryland as an example of excellent critical writing
– the fuller story of Murúch
can be found @
Along their courses, sometime before Allison Crowe
migrated to Canada’s Atlantic shores, making her
home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland a decade ago, “Murúch”
discovered Allison and has been a steadfast
champion of her music ever since.
Mutual admiration and respect has grown through the
years such that Allison’s honoured to be described
these days as Murúch’s “musical mascot”.
“Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe” is a
digital album, coming very soon, comprising the
blog’s personal favourites from Allison’s recorded
repertoire. Curated by Murúch, it’s a
21-song playlist that’s, both, passionately
individual and universal.
Cover art is also by Muruch.com – pictured
here on the album’s front is the entrance to
Newgrange, the great national monument of Ireland
that predates Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt.
Photographed this Summer in County Meath, the
triskele symbols on the giant stone carry forward
from pre-Celtic and Celtic times to our age (even
giving design to the centre-piece adapters for
vinyl “45” RPM recordings).
It’s apt entry point for the intersection of 15+
years rocking and rolling by Allison Crowe and
Labels: album, Allison Crowe, art, Atlantic, blog, British Columbia, Canada, culture, Ireland, Muruch, music, Nanaimo, Newfoundland, Newgrange, Pacific, rock, songs, Stonehenge, USA, West Virginia