Kiss the joy as it flies with the release this month of two new albums of music in concert – “Welcome to Us” Acts 1 and 2 – from Allison Crowe and Band (on Rubenesque Records Ltd.).
Here, now, is a suite of songs opening W2U2. Film montage à “Ménilmontant” – a cinematic masterpiece from France, 1926.
“I Might” features Céline Sawchuk on vocals. Allison Crowe sings lead on the suite’s next four vocal tunes: “Back to Black”, “Shifts of Light”, “I Am the Air” and “Lisa’s Song”. Creating the albums’ 22+ song tracks be: Allison (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dave Baird (bass, vocals) & Keelan Purchase (accordion, 12-string guitar, bodhran, harmonica, vocals) – banded together on the lovely isle of Newfoundland for sessions and shows.
For a flock of creators who live, literally, all over the map it’s a rare chance to slow the world a bit. “We had time to experiment, and think more about the larger picture musically,” says bassist & birder Dave. “It’s only the beginning. It’s just the first we’ve had opportunity to work the music out without much time restraint. It was fun, relaxed, and productive.”
Melding into one sound and performance experience the rawest of folk roots and the richest of arena rock – that barely begins to describe the originality and freshness of the quintet’s music and personality.
Debuting at Corner Brook, NL’s Rotary Arts Centre, RAC Theatre Co-ordinator Brad Randell observes, “The performance was absolutely magical.”
Rolling across the rock, captured fresh at the LSPU (Longshoremen's Protective Union) Hall in St. John's, NL, Canada – it’s music that’s food for the soul and fun for all.
Fortune’s present audio-wise, and Allison’s SD (memory) card is filled with tracks to be mined and enjoyed. Sláinte!
"Welcome to Us 1" (W2U1), the concert’s first act, presents the brilliant bi-coastal band's more guitar-and-fiddle-centric tunes – live: music.allisoncrowe.com/album/welcome-to-us-1
"Welcome to Us 2" (W2U2), the concert's second act, features the group's more piano-centric tunes – and encore – live: music.allisoncrowe.com/album/welcome-to-us-2
"Welcome to Us Banter Bits" includes any chat, laughter, applause not found on the "Welcome to Us" albums on iTunes et al. A free download to complement the concert music: music.allisoncrowe.com/album/welcome-to-us-banter-bits
All available worldwide starting April 2018.