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Allison Crowe

  • Unstable

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    Robert Plant, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Joe Cocker, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Eddie Vedder… visceral rock singers of legend.

    Among Allison Crowe’s early studio recording experiences was a kind invitation from “Her Royal Majesty’s Records”, the label started by Canada’s own rock/punk/poet icon, Bif Naked. Naked’s manager and HRMR co-founder, music industry veteran Peter Karroll remarked upon first hearing the island-based musician: “She is reminiscent of some of the great women vocalists who shaped rock music in the late '60s and early '70s. Allison's emotional delivery is unique in today's music."

    Here’s “Unstable” - one of the songs Allison Crowe performed in those days with her bandmates Dave Baird (bass) and Kevin Clevette (drums). It’s recorded in White Rock, BC’s Turtle studios by Larry Anschell (who’s captured music of Bif, Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan ++): http://music.allisoncrowe.c...

    The accompanying visual is excerpted from an experimental 1928 film version of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Directed and photographed by James Sibley Watson, Jr. – it’s a cinematic adaptation Watson co-wrote with Melville Webber (who also designed the sets for this American avant-garde piece). An early scenario for the film was written by poet and essayist+ e.e. cummings. Show less
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  • Tidings - Allison Crowe Play

    A dozen performances of songs from Allison Crowe's "Tidings" album/CD - plus a selection of vids from the annual television special of the same name.
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  • Chanson et Lumière ~ Songs + Film Play

    Songs of Allison Crowe accompany the cinematic visions of Georges Méliès, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Nadia Sibirskaia, Salvador Dali, Dominique Monfréy, Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei Eisenstein, Josef von Sternberg, D.W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, Max Fleischer and more. Music and movies re-imagined.
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  • Spiral - Allison Crowe Play

    Follow the yellow-brick road of song, cinematic in scope, visceral in nature, thinking, feeling, courageous and fun - rock, pop, folk, soul, roots.

    Here be the 14 songs/tracks that together make Allison's Crowe's newest album/CD, "Spiral".
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    "Heavy Graces" is a new song set from Allison Crowe - and with this collection she's writing, singing, playing piano, guitar, doing percussion, engineering and production, album art, photography -- and, for the first-time ever, adding fiddle to her palette!

    "Heavy Graces", an album which includes new songs from the pen and soul of Allison Crowe, alongside her interpretations of tunes composed by Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

    http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heavy-graces

    Allison Crowe enjoys working with today's film directors -- this year, Tom Anton on "The Pardon", and Zack Snyder for "Man of Steel" -- and their amazing production teams. Via online videos, there's now opportunity for artistry and fun to combine music and movies from an earlier era.

    Songs in this collection from the Canadian artist are accompanied visually by a series of excerpts from silent and classic b/w films from directors D.W. Griffith, Josef von Sternberg, Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman.
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  • Newfoundland Vinyl Play

    Here's the music from Allison Crowe's "Newfoundland Vinyl" LP, the 11th release on Rubenesque Records Ltd. - plus "Tarry Trousers" - a song from the newest edition of the hit stage show:

    http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/newfoundland-vinyl

    As Musical Director for TNL's production of "Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side" at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, the Canadian musician, born in Nanaimo, BC, on the Pacific, is active now in her Atlantic setting, curating and arranging songs for this Summer's GMTF cast.

    It's a rich and varied collection harvested from the island region's popular music and oral traditions. The album's 10 tracks traverse parlour songs to country tunes and folk favourites, songs of land and sea that share the strength and the struggles, the joys, heartbreaks and the humour of people.

    As well as being a premiere songwriter, musician and performer of original material, Crowe's recognized as one of the great modern interpreters of song - via her internationally-acclaimed and much-loved versions of songs by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, and plenty more greats - Allison Crowe's singular performances deliver familiar and much-loved songs afresh and with renewed joy.

    Crowe's just returned to her home in Corner Brook, NL, after attending the World Premiere in New York City of "Man of Steel", the Zack Snyder-directed Superman epic in which she has a cameo - as a musician performing "Ring of Fire", a song made famous by Johnny Cash. MoS is currently the #1 box office draw on planet Earth. (Had things not gone so wrong on Krypton, it'd surely be a smashing success there as well.) Next she rolls on to Cow Head, in Gros Morne National Park -- and says:

    "I am so grateful to have been asked by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, two years in a row, to put together songs and musically direct for a show called 'Newfoundland Vinyl'. As part of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, I get to work with extremely talented and fun people each Summer in a gorgeous setting - Cow Head, NL. From the vast and encyclopaedic sea of beautiful music to come from, and out of, Newfoundland and Labrador, here is a collection of some of the songs from this year's show."

    http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/gmtf.html

    The GMTF season runs May through September each year in beautiful Gros Morne National Park. "Newfoundland Vinyl", conceived and directed by Jeff Pitcher and musically directed by Allison Crowe, is a perennial festival favourite. Check each Spring for the season calendar - and for word on when Vinyl is next on the boards!
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  • Souling Play

    Allison Crowe’s gorgeous voice brings tidings of comfort and joy with “Souling” – her 11th full album release.

    The artist, one of our greatest living musicians, singer-songwriters and performers, has always created authentic music.

    With this newest song set her voice is heard wholly a cappella.

    The songs themselves have a purity of expression – a 21st century take on music of faith and spirit – sounds and themes aired by carollers and soulers of old.

    http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling
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