With William Shakespeare turning 454, Corner Brook musician Allison Crowe celebrates the occasion playing Nurse in Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador and Sara...H McDonald Youth Theatre’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” – on-deck tonight and Saturday, April 28 at the CB Arts and Culture Centre.
From “Welcome to Us”, the newest from Allison Crowe and Band, is a comparatively young catch – a tune from the 1800s. Netted decades ago by the legendary band Figgy Duff, more recently “Tarry Trousers” is renewed by the Gros Morne Theatre Festival’s “Newfoundland Vinyl”. For more on the song’s history and variants – sail to the web’s treasure island that is “GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador” @ wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/02/tarry.htm
“Vinyl” MD Allison Crowe and her ’mates relate the tale of an heart cleft by the blind bow-boy’s butt-shaft – bound not by a Capulet, but by a sailor shy.
Musicians Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline Sawchuk (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" presents the brilliant bi-coastal band's more guitar-and-fiddle-centric tunes – live: music.allisoncrowe.com/album/welcome-to-us-1
For our video wrapper here – hearty thanks to Alick Tsui Photography and Mind Palace Design.