Sunday, January 29, 2017

Global Community Celebrates Cohen

Allison Crowe is among the artists and community members of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, paying tribute to the maestro Leonard Cohen – events in a global chain of people celebrating the life and creativity of the bard:
"No Way to Say Goodbye, a Tribute to Leonard Cohen" - Rotary Arts Centre, Corner Brook, NL Canada - Photo courtesy Dean Peckford - posted to The Leonard Cohen Forum

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Year of the Fire Rooster

Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with Allison Crowe on a musical and cinematic voyage that’s of, and out of, this world:
Going Home Tonight - Allison Crowe and Band - Heirs + Grievances from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Great Island Wonder

For the love of music, for the love of all life, this February 14, whether you celebrate Valentine’s or V-Day, or however, simply, you mark another day of existence – there’ll be a special soundtrack coming from Allison Crowe.

A rare batch of “Great Island Wonder”, (named, also, for the love of bootlegs), is 18 song performances straight from the heart – and banter galore – captured by audio archivist John MacMillan in concert on Canada’s Denman Island a dozen years ago. This show, hosted by Denman’s Mélanie Bilodeau, offers a repast – an edible, audible, document of the artist’s solo repertoire at one delectable moment in time.

Album art was originally anticipated to be wholly cartographic in nature – however, with such an Hipgnotic foto now facing us, the song+ info will be mapped out solely on GIW’s back cover to be released with the music on 14.02.2017.

Album cover foto: Allison Crowe

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

You All Haunt Me

Allison Crowe is writing this season. Poems, prose, thought pieces, stream of consciousness... words that may become songs, companions thereto, or something totally different.
Over 2017 she’s bringing together a bigger bi-coastal band, adding new members soon. While all this creativity unfurls we’ll share discoveries of recordings past.
Her music catalogue is already free of over-production – art without artifice. Still, even more unvarnished is this version of “You All Haunt Me” – a song most recently heard on Allison Crowe and Band’s debut, “Introducing / Heirs+Grievances ( This is the song first recorded simply to preserve the tune. As with the band version, the video features scenes from cinema classic “Ménilmontant.
Journalist Erin Fletcher, describing Allison Crowe in concert, found words that fit this, and any, track of hers just as well: "The music is the woman. She communicates about love, death and life through her songs. Her voice is unmistakable, and in the same song she can be powerfully raw, yet hit a high note so delicately it slips through her lips and kisses your ear.”
You All Haunt Me from Allison Crowe on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Music Speaks Louder Than Words"

Just announced! Allison Crowe returns to the lovely Canadian city of Halifax, Nova Scotia - her first visit since performing in H-town with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 2012. This upcoming special concert event - "Music Speaks Louder Than Words" - happens Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Bella Rose Arts Centre.

Here's the scoop from The ScotianAires:  Much fun ahead  :)

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We need always strive for peace and love in our lives and justice in society as we’re reminded on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here’s the piano version of “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)".

Allison Crowe performs the Patty Griffin song live-in-the-studio of Newfoundland’s “Out of the Fog”. Thanks to musician, photographer, activist+ Bob Benvenuti for introducing Allison to this music.

Celebrating this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Allison Crowe’s guitar version of Patty Griffin’s MLK song – tribute to the great civil rights activist and Baptist minister – “Up to the Mountain

Visuals come from “Faces: Broadway” part of the “Faces: Newfoundland" installation created by Philip N. Robbins and Jillian Parsons (known then for their work with Stockpile or Larger Than a Cat).

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

"I remember you well..."

This weekend Allison Crowe joins the Bay of Islands Sunday Session (Ivan Emke et al), Nick Hamlyn, Ruth Lawrence, Daniel Payne, Dahlia & Bridget, Helen Fox Reid, Emma Peckford, Tara Manuel with Michael Rigler, Louise Gauthier w. Tom Brennan and Cindy Kawaja, Gary & Whit on-stage in “ No Way to Say Goodbye…” – a loving tribute to the buckskin boy who’s uplifted our world through words and music, the bard Leonard Cohen.

As the artists soon take the Rotary Arts Centre stage, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland we all share in the salute. Here’s a live-in-the-studio, (previously unreleased), track from Allison Crowe and Band’s “Introducing / Heirs+Grievances” debut. Allison (vocals, piano) and LIN (cello) check-in with “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” – “I remember you well…”:

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

"No Way to Say Goodbye, a tribute to Leonard Cohen"

When maestro Leonard Cohen passed away this Winter Allison Crowe and Band were in the midst of a concert tour. Immediate on-stage and audience outpourings of emotion and acknowledgement of the great loss of the man and artist flowed then.

Now, event organizers in Allison’s snowy home of Corner Brook, Newfoundland are planning a celebration of Leonard Cohen, his poetry, music and life – to happen next Saturday, January 14 at 8pm in the city’s Rotary Arts Centre:

No Way To Say Goodbye, a tribute to Leonard Cohen” – to benefit the Artist Emergency Fund for Newfoundland and Labrador, CAPE (Cultural Artists Plan for Emergencies) – brings together Allison Crowe, Louise Gauthier, Tara Manuel, Dahlia & Bridget, Ruth Lawrence, Daniel Payne, Gary & Whit, Emma Peckford, Helen Fox Reid and more Cohen comrades and partisans.

Earlier, at 4pm, January 14, also at the RAC, will be a screening of “Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Leonard Cohen” – the National Film Board’s 1965 documentary portrait directed by Donald Brittain & Don Owen:

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Clodagh Mara O'Connell Joins Allison Crowe & Co. for New Adventures

The music of Allison Crowe has travelled greatly this century. Now, with bandmates, LIN, Sarah White & Dave Baird, there’s more adventure ahead.

And, it’s with immense delight and gratitude we welcome aboard Clodagh Mara O’Connell – newly appointed Road & Merch Manager for the group.

Clodagh is a lawyer and former music journalist and screenwriter. Her deep love of music and the arts has been the constant in her life and work. Clodagh’s passions and talents flow together with Allison + band in, both, admin and hands-on areas.

Art and all at Rubenesque Records Ltd. has never shone brighter as we enter this New Year. A new web home is being built @ - and the ol’ faithful site remains @ – enjoy all the music @

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Monday, January 02, 2017



Fireworks all across the bay.

For Shannon

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Ice blue
Beautiful silence
The first snow falls
And whispers peacefully

Floating and reeling
you land in a snowflake
On everybody’s jackets
Keeping them company

Set about the air
And find without formation
No lines, no barricades
Just abstract light

A different shape
For every eye that sees
A comfort, a brush
through all of our eyes

lively and dancing
through the air
in the Winter's night

on the winds

falling and landing
landing and fixing
leaving an imprint
on all you have seen

and in this ice blue silence
this beautiful memory,
do not guard jealously
no time to despair

no pain in this cold
Just good, just kindness
A blanket of memory
Soft in the night

So smile and watch
As the snow falls around us
Landing on us all
Leaving peace to remember

Never one shade,
Never one shape
Always in motion
And beauty inspired

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Traditional New Year’s cheer : "Love and joy come to you..."

Traditional New Year's cheer: "Love and joy come to you..."

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