It’s coming on “Tidings” – and that means the voice of Allison Crowe rings out traditional favourites, Christmas carols such as “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, “In the Bleak Midwinter”, and “The First Noel”, alongside the modern canon of Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Lennon & McCartney and original song selections including the elegiac “Arthur”, and the epic, foot-stomping, “Disease”.
Allison’s just off the road, wrapping up her second engagement of this year with Canada’s amazing Royal Winnipeg Ballet – performing songs of Leonard Cohen. With the love experienced on the dance stage, as well as recent European concert dates and this Summer’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival hit, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, still touching souls – it’s time to rally a repertoire that decks us all in comfort and joy whatever life’s circumstances.
"Allison Crowe is a stunningly talented performer. Her voice celebrates the music with a bluesy rock-gospel intensity; her controlled vibrato, silken rasp, and powerful projection rivet your attention. This is no casual background music... be prepared to be amazed," says Carol Swanson (ChristmasReviews).
Drawing themes of faith, hope, sorrow, joy, redemption, transcendence and more from an abundant well of music, this year, there’s plenty of ways to rejoice with Allison as she melds the sacred and secular in "songs of the season" and spirit. Here, now, is a concert recording that brings home a live version of Allison Crowe's much-loved classic studio set - "Tidings".
“Tidings Concert” this night's celebrants includes cast and crew of a movie (filming near Vancouver, Canada). It's captured truly by Engineer and Mixer Brad Graham, and FOH Engineer Ed Johnson, and mixed at Turtle Recording in White Rock, BC. This album set, Crowe's eighth full-length collection, features 19 in-concert performances, and, for the first time, audio from the “Hallelujah” video which now has a worldwide audience of greater than 10 million people (more than eight million genuine views on YouTube alone).
“Tidings”, Allison Crowe’s studio recording released in 2003 (EP) and 2004 (LP) now has a live companion – “Tidings Concert”. Sister to this newest project is the Peter Buckle-directed documentary ~ "A Corner Brook Tidings" – “a film featuring Allison Crowe and you”. The doc enjoys World Premiere screenings this December 15 at the Arts and Culture Centre, Corner Brook, NL, Canada. These audio and video works are created with gracious assistance of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council – and kind shepherding by Katrina Rice, NLAC Program Officer.
Adding more fun and excitement, as she does each year at this time, Allison embarks on a “Tidings” concert tour allied with special guests and special causes.
"Allison Crowe's voice is as much a manifestation of Christmas spirit today as Bing Crosby's was in 1942,” wrote The Pique when “Tidings” toured last (celebrating atop Whistler Mountain, BC, Canada). “It's as warm as an open fire; as gorgeous as snow-frosted evergreens; as tender as that hug you give your mother on Christmas day."
Allison Crowe: voice, piano, guitar, album art & photography
Adam Christopher Brake: MC
Linkers: dogged determination, dedication and delight
Brad Graham: Engineer & Mixer
Ed Johnson: FOH Engineer
Mixed at Turtle Recording, White Rock, BC, Canada
Reena Kudhail: Merch Manager & Radar Love
Billie Woods: photographer, musician, joyful spirit
Alix Whitmire: A-team graphics/designer
Axel Dollheiser: Driver, Road Manager, Lighting Designer
Steve Edge & the Rogue Folk Club: cozy catering and refreshments
St. James Community Hall staff: good works in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC): gracious support of the "Tidings" documentary project
Katrina Rice, NLAC Program Officer: care above and beyond the call
Peter Buckle: Producer and Director - "A Corner Brook Tidings" documentary film
Cameras: Ryan David Butt, Jamie Brace
Floyd Thomas and Corner Brook Regional High/Presentation Junior High School: staging
Lorraine Churchill, Minister's Support, Rev. Myles Wilson Vardy and all staff, volunteers, and congregation of Corner Brook First United Church: hosting
Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL): nurturing creativity and creators
BONUS track: Hallelujah -- video version (on YouTube+)
Voice and piano: Allison Crowe
Audio engineer/producer: Larry "Turtle" Anschell
Film Director and producer: Alex Postowoi
Cameras: Karen Duthie, Randy Rotheisler
Editor: Shirley Claydon
Interviewer: Steven Rosenberg
Adrian du Plessis: Personable Manager
YOU: support and inspiration always