Allison Crowe & Band have just recorded a new album. Collectively, 27 song tracks (representing 20 unique song titles) will be released in the New Year from recent sessions at White Rock, BC's storied Turtle Recording Studios and from a live concert in Vancouver, Canada.
Allison's titled the studio set “Heirs & Grievances” and the live set “Introducing”.
Growing up on rock and popular music – before its mass corporatization – it was thrilling to experience the creative vitality, the ideas and sounds of such bands as The Beatles, The Kinks, Mott the Hoople, The (Small) Faces, Pink Floyd... and original voices on the radio and turn-table – Van Morrison, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Luke Kelly, Otis Redding, David Bowie, Elton John, Patti Smith and so many, many, more singular talents.
My rock/pop roots are seeded in a time before Allison and her fellow musicians are born. Thankfully, these new tracks deliver the same, genuine, feelings as did those recordings from such artists emerging in previous generations.
"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," says Allison Crowe. And she does - with bandmates Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Lin Lin (cello, vox), Sarah White (multi-instrumentalist), and Dave Baird (bass).
Melting down some lines lacquered on the body of an earlier water-shed recording of lore, “Introducing / Heirs & Grievances”, today, “is a magnificent album that pays off on every bet ever placed...”
Image: Allison Crowe & Band concert poster – photo by Billie Woods, art design - Lin Lin / Contour Grafix. Audio discs – studio session engineered by Larry “Turtle" Anschell, live recordings engineered by Brad Graham. Coming together in 2016 for release.
Allison Crowe, Billie Woods and Celine Greb perform a gorgeous take on Wince Coles' “By the Glow of the Kerosene Light” in their second-ever concert together. This higher-fidelity bootleg audio comes from Pender Island, Canada – and the Allison Crowe Band's concert on Canada Day this year.
More concerts and ever-brighter musical fidelity from the group - which also features Dave Baird and Sarah White - is on its way.
And, to hear this great tune and more Newfoundland song treasures catch “Newfoundland Vinyl” at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival – on-stage through August 28, 2015. Take a spin through Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador's website for word on this show, and all the terrific productions, at GMTF http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/shows/newfoundland-vinyl-2015
Enriched by almost two years of focus on recording, film and theatre productions at home in Canada, Allison Crowe and the A-team, guided by the legendary road-meister Axel Dollheiser, resume international concert touring this Spring.
First up – May 2014 brings a return to some favourite venues in Germany and Italy, alongside wonderful new music rooms:
03.05 - Siebenklang Musikfestspiele - Bernau bei Berlin 07.05 - Jazzlokal Mampf – Frankfurt 11.05 - Jazzhaus – Freiburg im Breisgau 13.05 - Stumm'sche Reithalle – Nuenkirchen (Saar) 15.05 - Inninger Spectacel – Inning am Ammersee 17.05 - Teatro del Sale - Florence 20.05 - Hot Jazz Club – Münster 22.05 - Lindenpark – Potsdam
Most dates feature Allison with very special guest Billie Woods also performing a set.
The genius of film magician Georges Méliès (director, producer, writer, actor) is once more on display – in this entertaining excerpt from his 1902 classic “Le Voyage dans la Lune”, (“A Voyage to the Moon”). Dozens of Méliès' movie creations remain to delight – on YouTube, in the Internet Archive and, in highest fidelity, on DVDs of these great film experiences.
When there's chance of an encounter with Selenites, those green and nimble inhabitants of the Moon, one best be prepared – and, so, for this song journey Allison Crowe (voice, piano, engineer) here enlists: Billie Woods (guitar); Dave Baird (bass); Laurent Boucher (percussion); Larry Anschell (engineer); and Kayla Schmah (orchestrator, string arranger, producer).