Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Now I'm 64 - Day 4 on Musical Advent Calendar

Allison Crowe’s “Tidings” repertoire unites traditional tunes, carols and hymns, with sounds of rock, jazz, folk, Celtic and soul to celebrate “music for the season and all time”. On Day 4 of her Musical Advent Calendar, we join Allison and band in the parlour for “Now I’m 64”: 
It’s a song loved by generations of Newfoundlanders, fans of Ryan’s Fancy, Harry Hibbs, Bell Island’s Ray Mclean and more, and shared with the world.
The Musical Advent Calendar is proving so popular – it now has its own dedicated web-page @  and can also be found still @  Each day through Christmas a new music video link will open at both these online locations.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

River - Day 3 on Musical Advent Calendar

“River” flows this third Day on our Musical Advent Calendar. Composed by Joni Mitchell, supreme artist of heart and mind, here it’s explored by Allison Crowe, another Scorpio from the North, on this track on “Tidings” (

Each day through Christmas a new music video link to savour, songs sacred and secular, traditional to modern, will open @

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Soul Cake - Day 2 on Musical Advent Calendar

Day 2 on Allison Crowe’s Musical Advent Calendar opens “Soul Cake” - another favourite from the musician’s all a cappella collection, “Souling”. Each day through Christmas a new music video link to savour, songs sacred and secular, traditional to modern, will open @

Soul Cake from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Baby, It's Cold Outside - Day 1 on Musical Advent Calendar

Our Musical Advent Calendar opens with “Baby It’s Cold Outside” ~  ~ from Allison Crowe’s all a cappella album “Souling”.

Baby, It's Cold Outside from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

And, it is :)

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November 27 opens on Musical Advent Calendar

Musical Advent Calendar: November 27 - December 25

Each day through Christmas another music video link will open - click on each image to enjoy the music there revealed and shared.
"Best of this season and of all the seasons to everyone near and far... may the New Year and those years to come bring you joy, contentment, the best of what you want, and the clarity of who you are..." ~ Allison
~ Peace on earth, goodwill toward all ~
Images courtesy: The Graphics Fairy + band fotos by Billie Woods & Stephen Drover+

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Musical Tidings on tap: Allison Crowe @ ACC

Capping a sensational year - concert tours in Europe and Canada for her 20th international record release - being home this week and part of “A Beary Merry Christmas” festivities at the Arts and Culture Centre heralds a joyous holiday season for Allison Crowe. Before stockings are hung by the chimney with care the Corner Brook musician rejoins her mates at Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador to load up the sleigh with still more delights.

In 2016 Crowe helmed her fifth Summer as Musical Director of TNL’s much-loved “Newfoundland Vinyl” – performing, too, on-stage in “Vinyl” and with the ensemble of “Neddy Norris Night”, a traditional music hit at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Cow Head. Crowe’s now MD for “Ed & Ed’s Newfoundland Christmas Concert” which delivers Yuletide spirit to the ACC CB from December 1st – 4th. Hosted by three wise-cracking charmers, Ed, Ed & Edna, TNL’s old-tyme revue bundles fashion, fortunes-told, and an original Mummer’s Play into family-friendly fun - skits, songs, carols, even a sing-along:

Peals of merriment will be echoing from “Ed and Ed’s” encampment, (of the weekend prior), when Allison Crowe enlivens the ACC stage on Saturday, December 10th (8pm start) for her annual “Tidings” concert. Invigorating songs of Newfoundland and from o’er the sea flow freely, tapped alongside barrels of the singer-songwriter’s own compositions and cherished carols.

It’s a thrilling blend of rock, jazz, folk, Celtic and soul that Allison Crowe pours out in song. Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle & bodhran) is sure to be joined by surprise musical guests for a singular night of celebration sharing timeless carols, vital originals and fresh takes on trad tunes spanning centuries as well as modern classics. “Be prepared to be amazed.”

TIDINGS TICKETS: $29.00 General / $24.00 Students/Seniors (HST and Service Charge Included in Ticket Price) @ Corner Brook ACC Box Office, 11 University Drive, Corner Brook NL A2H 6C3 Telephone: 709-637-2580

Wishing you Joy, Peace & the Very Best of Health and Times! Sláinte!

In My Life - Allison Crowe performs The Beatles from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

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Hail "Mary"

On a "Tidings" concert tour, Canadian musician Allison Crowe began performing "Mary" - this song composed by Patty Griffin, the sublime singer-songwriter from Old Town, Maine, USA.

(Allison fell in love with the song when US cable television program "Sons of Anarchy" featured it in its Season two episode "Balm".)

The New Year kicking in, Crowe pulled her piano stool over to the kitchen table, sat down and recorded a version simple and true. We have this live recording, too - unadorned, as well, save for by honesty:

Mary (Patty Griffin) - Allison Crowe live from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

Photos: Edward McCrea - Ladysmith Photography @

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Super, soft, stylish band t-shirts

The loveliest t-shirts imaginable are now hung by the chimney with care - online. Allison Crowe and Band + Rubenesque Records logo fashion tees are available in Allison’s Bandcamp shop ( and on Allison’s homesite @

Comfortable, soft, heather grey, unisex tees in two beautiful designs – in S, M, L, XL, and 2XL sizes. Fuller info on each site (NB Bandcamp shopping is US currency, Allison’s homesite is CDN currency.)
Allison Crowe t-shirts are now available - in beautiful designs created by Allison and cellist LIN

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

It's a Wrap

Musical wonder woman Allison Crowe's flown coast-to-coast across Canada now, and the lasso of truth promises to circle the globe, all in good time :)

Musicians Sarah White, LIN, and Dave Baird gave their all on Allison Crowe and Band's "Heirs+Grievances" tour. The first North American leg is now a wrap - and it's time all are home for a rest. New musical stirrings await.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Icing on the Cake

and the finale... (this was difficult to film but you get the idea haha) #ganache #chocolate #baking #cake #birthday #scorpio #food

 Allison Crowe + the icing on the cake on Instagram @

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Life's Secrets

Allison Crowe’s oeuvre comprises more than 200 songs – found online in the “ABC List” @
"Anything I do sing, it's part of my life," said Billie Holiday, whose supreme voice is captured on recordings from last century. The same is true for Allison Crowe, a great voice alive today.
Secrets (That Aren’t My Own)” – on Allison and Band’s debut double-album, “Introducing / Heirs+ Grievances” – features Allison’s vocals and piano-playing, accompanied by cellist LIN:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Songs of Life and Death

With, both, “Cover Me” and “Coverville”, a pair of the world’s premiere homes for lovers of cover songs, sending birthday wishes to Allison Crowe today, it’s an invitation to explore the artist’s body of interpretive work. All music can be found linked via the “ABC List” @ 
A supreme interpreter and arranger of songs - traditional, Celtic, jazz, Broadway, hymns, carols and aires – Crowe’s famed for her renewal of popular songs – including those first penned by Canadian icons Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, and Atlantic coast treasures Gary O’Driscoll, Al Pittman / Ron Hynes, Wince Coles, Harry Hibbs+, alongside tunes from The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco,Counting Crows, Lovin’ Spoonful, Phil Ochs, Annie Lennox, Radiohead, Ronnie Shannon, Patty Griffin, Kris Kristofferson, the Rolling Stones and more.
In this rich and varied repertoire, each of Crowe’s singular performances is a favourite.
Having just come off the road with Allison Crowe and Band – during our travels we learned of Leonard Cohen’s passing. Tonight, his manager released these details:
“Leonard Cohen died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7th. The death was sudden, unexpected, and peaceful. He is survived by his children Adam and Lorca, and his three grandchildren Cassius (Adam’s son), and Viva and Lyon (Lorca’s daughter and son).”
Allison Crowe, together with countless people all over our world, shares a special bond with the bard “born with the gift of a golden voice”. This relationship intertwines with the DNA of Leonard Cohen songs – among those in her repertoire is his universal “Hallelujah”. Of this, “Cover Me” founder and editor Ray Padgett opines:
“Born in British Columbia, Crowe has amassed a loyal following in Canada and Europe. The songwriter’s songwriter pure tones sound like a bell, no show-off acrobatics necessary. The amazing thing isn’t just that she performs the best version of Leonard Cohen‘s oft-covered ‘Hallelujah’ (sorry Jeff); the amazing thing is that she does so using the same solo piano style that everyone else does. There’s nothing particularly creative about it; her voice is just that good! So throw all those other ‘sensitive’ covers. This one’s the keeper.”
The blog 'anacronyms' says:“Crowe's version is a living thing, a meditation and a celebration and a benediction."
Thank you, sincerely, L. Cohen. We have the music.

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Sincerely, L. Cohen Covers

Brian Ibbott, Mayor of Coverville, USA, lights candles as well, today – with his podcast’s “tribute to singer, songwriter, poet and legend, Leonard Cohen” @ - tweeting:

"For today’s ep, I tried to pick L.Cohen covers I haven’t played before. But you should check out covers by @allisoncrowe22 - I’ve played all... Would help if I got that Twitter account right! @Allison_Crowe - and it’s her birthday today! Check out her amazing L Cohen covers!... She does a beautiful Hallelujah, Chelsea Hotel No. 2, Bird on a Wire and Famous Blue Raincoat. All great."

And here's Allison's take on L. Cohen's "Joan of Arc":

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Spotlight on... November 16

Today - November 16 - marks the birthday of the great musical artist, Allison Crowe. Celebrated as an original songwriter and performer in popular music genres, Allison's song interpretations are also globally loved. "Cover Me" tweets in appreciation, reprising this Spotlight from the blog’s founding editor, Ray Padgett @

"Happy birthday to Canadian singer-songwriter @Allison_Crowe. Hear her covers of Stones, Pearl Jam, Cyndi Lauper +more"

“There are some voices that speak (or sing) for themselves. You know the ones. Voices where it doesn’t matter what they sing. Voices where it doesn’t really matter what instruments support them. Solomon Burke has such a voice. Jeff Buckley had it. Allison Crowe has it too...”
Allison Crowe in Dublin - foto by Billie Woods

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Happy Birthday, Allison :)

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Music

"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make" ~ Allison Crowe.

Set-list from Allison and Band’s “Heirs+Grievances” concert tour this season.

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