Heirs​+​Grievances

by Allison Crowe

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    When critics liken you to Edith Piaf, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Modest Mussorgsky, it’s a good sign you’re truly one-of-a-kind. So it is with musical explorer Allison Crowe who, since creating her own record label in 2001, uniquely inhabits the world of song – continually adding breadth and depth to a richly expressive repertoire for piano, vocals, guitar and bodhran.

    Crowe’s “supernaturally agile and exquisite voice” is complemented ideally by her international touring band: Céline Greb (cello, vocal harmonies); Sarah White (mandolin, vocal harmonies); and Dave Baird (bass). Longtime friend, musician and photographer Billie Woods contributes guitar and vocal harmonies to the band’s recordings. The combo’s gorgeously thrilling hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock bridges vital originals with fresh interpretations of classics by Annie Lennox and Gary O'Driscoll.

    Alongside multi-genre concert and recording projects over this past year the Nanaimo-born, Newfoundland-based artist’s active as music curator and arranger for acclaimed stage productions of: Atlantic Canada’s folk and popular song; the collaborative works of Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill; and choral renderings of traditional Christmas carols.

    A singular artistry and virtuosity make Allison Crowe performances legendary - and fun. In the Scottish Highlands she brought down the house on a bill with Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen's Music. In Hollywood Superman movie director Zack Snyder is outspoken in his respect and admiration. Touring with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet audiences responded with spontaneous standing ovations.

    "The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life,” says longtime American public broadcaster Ross Hocker. “Allison has a special gift that is so very rare in musicians today. She is true to her mind, heart and spirit. She also has a most wonderful humor which envelops her audience."

    "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," sums up Allison Crowe.

    "Heirs + Grievances is the debut studio album of Allison Crowe and Band (and the 20th release on Crowe's label, Rubenesque Records Ltd.) The digital album contains 13 exciting tunes and honestly potent performances. It’s a magnificent set of songs from Allison Crowe and her extraordinary band of musicians.

    The physical CD is a double-album - pairing this studio set with a live concert set from Allison and Band – “Introducing”. Enjoy!!

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1.
You All Haunt Me Composed by Allison Crowe I would take it back if it was even real I would tell you how exactly how I feel And it would be ugly and you would be scared Can’t you see my face? Oh can you hear my voice? Now, how can you tell me that this is a choice, that I asked for this? Now, why would I do that? When this is all I have and this is all I am You haunt me, you all haunt me Now, if you think that I forgot if you think that I moved on I ask you - have you even met me? what planet are you on? I don't forget anything even though I try Maybe too intense maybe too revealed maybe madness baby but you’re so, so concealed I never saw a thing This is all I have and this is all I am You haunt me, you all haunt me Why did I do this? Why did I say that? and why did you pretend to care when I know that you were watching me cry yeah, you watched me die When light circled my eyes and my heart tried to leave me My words were all gone wild not even I could believe me any more you have to know that I tried And this is all I have This is all I am You haunt me, yeah, you haunt me You haunt me Yeah, you all haunt me
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03:23 video
Arthur Words & Music by Allison Crowe And the weight of this war We are fighting Is a door that is opening And sighing You say come back inside It is warm here You have seen it out there And you ran away If you lift without strength Can you move it Or the sword in this stone Would you lose it Are you Arthur Or only pretending And this hope you have burned Are you sending away Away, away… Would you hold me If I disappeared now And if I didn’t know Who I was Would you stay with me While I was losing Or lay down your sword And run away Would you still love me If I forgot you If my heart held to Only a thread In the flicker of eyes I would see you Would you carry me back from my dread away Away, 'way, away away, away
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Tarry Trousers Traditional - Arrranged by Allison Crowe As I roved out one fine Summer's ev'ning to view those flow'rs and to take the air 't'was there I spied a tender mother talking to her daughter dear Singing, "Daughter, o daughter, I'll have you to marry" "No longer to live a sweet single, life" "O mother, o mother, I 'd rather to tarry" "To be some brave young sailor's wife" "A sailor shy sits all for to wander" "To some foreign count'r'y he'd go" "They will cause you to sigh and to murmur" "They will prove your overthrow" "Or, if you could get me to wed with a farmer" "To be your joy and heart's delight" "But give me the boy with the tarry, tarry trousers" "To shine in my eyes like a diamond bright" She hung her head on the top of her shoulders Tears from her eyes like a fountain flowed "I'll stay at home and be true-hearted" "whilst my love to the sea doth go" "Hark, o hark, how the great guns are rattling" "Big and small, they all make noise" "My true love's in the field of battle" "Now fight on, my gallant boy"
4.
The Foggy Shores of Home Composed by Gary O'Driscoll As performed by Allison Crowe I've sailed upon the ocean wide, I've sailed the world around; I've sailed on barques and brigantines, From Lisbon to St John's. I've sailed where the ocean tossed and rolled, I've sailed where the ocean foams; I've sailed where the ice floes thunder and roll, To bring the white coats home. Wherever you may ramble, Wherever you may roam, Wherever you may be, You'll be happy to see, The foggy shores of home. I've sailed down to the South Sea Isles, I've sailed where the trade winds come; I've sailed on schooners listing low, To bring home 'backey and rum. I've sailed to the city of New York, To labour in the sky; High above the streets below, To home my heart would fly. Wherever you may ramble, Wherever you may roam, Wherever you may be, You'll be happy to see, The foggy shores of home. One day I will sail back home, To my dear foggy shore; I'll plough the ground of my hometown, And go to sea no more. Wherever you may ramble, Wherever you may roam, Wherever you may be, You'll be happy to see, The foggy shores of home. Wherever you may ramble, Wherever you may roam, Wherever you may be, You'll be happy to see, The foggy shores of home.
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Oceans Words & Music by Allison Crowe I have a heart that’s torn between two oceans Please don’t confuse me with the sea In the flicker of an eyelash - and a nap I’m off to Germany Folds of the time that we never spend Wrap around me like an illness Now I have a contentment in me A small death likened to stillness And I am alive And this is not contrived It’s just how I feel about you And you and you A calm and fickle breeze blows through Sand rolling between the toes of strangers The laughter and the tearing eyes Aware but uncaring of the dangers Words thrown out and cast back slow Testing the bridges and waters clear Faces lovely, too fleeting to hold See them truly, void of fear And I am alive And this is not contrived It’s just how I feel about you And you and you The heart collides in small bursts of sparks And holds true sometimes to false But you’re nothing if you don’t feel this You’d barely have a pulse And so I continue on my merry way, A gypsy twisting with imaginary lovers Together with so many in the tides of day Alone beneath the covers But I am alive And this is not contrived It is just how I am feeling about you And you and you and you It is just how I feel about you And you and you and you And you - NB Merci beaucoup, Michèle-Marie Joubert! Thanks to Michèle-Marie, we can now enjoy the lyrics to “Océans” in a version française along with the version anglaise. Here’s the translation she’s kindly posted: Oceans - Allison Crowe [Traduction des Paroles] Océans J'ai un cœur déchiré entre deux océans S'il vous plaît ne me confondez pas avec la mer Dans le scintillement d'un cil et d'une sieste Je pars en Allemagne Les plis du temps que nous ne dépensons jamais Enrouler autour de moi comme une maladie Et maintenant j'ai un contentement en moi Une petite mort comparée au calme Et je suis vivant Et ce n'est pas artificiel C'est juste ce que je pense de toi Et toi et toi ... Un vent calme et inconstant souffle à travers Sable roulant entre les orteils d'étrangers Le rire et les yeux déchirés Conscient mais indifférent des dangers Mots jetés et retournés lentement Essai des ponts et des eaux Faces charmantes, trop fugitives pour tenir Voyez-les vraiment, sans crainte Et je suis vivant Et ce n'est pas artificiel C'est juste ce que je pense de toi Et toi et toi ... Le cœur se heurte en petites rafales d'étincelles Et est vrai parfois à faux Mais vous n'êtes rien si vous ne sentez pas cela Vous auriez à peine un pouls Et ainsi je continue sur mon chemin joyeux, Une torsion gitane avec des amants imaginaires Avec tant de gens dans les marées du jour Seul sous les couvertures Mais je suis vivant Et ce n'est pas artificiel C'est exactement ce que je ressens pour vous Et toi et toi et toi C'est juste ce que je pense de toi Et toi et toi et toi Et toi -
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Why Words & Music by Annie Lennox As Performed by Allison Crowe How many times do I have to try to tell you That I'm sorry for the things I've done But every time I go to tell you That's when you have to tell me Hey, this kind of trouble's only just begun I told myself too many times Why don't you learn to keep your big mouth shut That's why it hurts so bad to hear the words That keep on falling from your mouth Falling from your mouth Falling from your mouth Tell me Why Tell me, why I may be mad I may be blind I may be viciously unkind But I can still read what you're thinking And I've heard it said too many times That you'd be better off Besides Why can't you see that this boat is sinking this boat is sinking, this boat is sinking Let's go down to the water's edge And we can cast away your doubts Some things are better left unsaid But they still turn me inside out Turning inside out, turning inside out Tell me Why Tell me Why This is the book I never read And these are the words I never said And this is the path I'll never tread And these are the dreams I'll dream instead And this is the joy that's seldom spread And these are the tears, The tears we’ve shed This is the fear And this is the dread And these are the contents of my head These are the years that we have spent And this is what they represent This is how I feel Do you know how I feel? I don't think you know how I, why I, feel
7.
On the Air Composed by Allison Crowe I can feel it coming and when it has passed there will be no trace of me other than faded words that have already been spoken and promises that I will keep until not even memory exists in my name I will never desert you and my spirit will never leave you even though my spirit is about to leave myself I’ve placed more faith in you than I have in anything And I will run when I can't breathe I will give what is left of my bones and I will wait for you on the air. I have given you my soul and I only ask that you could treat it better than I have and if I could ask one more little thing of you …to give me peace in a time where I’m fighting a battle I can only lose burning rain can't tear this away and my eyes run into my soul at its purest form I am sinking further in to my mind as the truth runs down my face to die And I will run when I can't breathe I will give what is left of my bones and I will wait for you on the air...
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Now Words & Music by Allison Crowe As I walk this hall alone I wonder exactly why it is I'm leaving when there's nothing there for me to return to other than blind faith with a lack of believing and not to say that I have nothing I have everything and I am grateful but my head is trying to tell me something in this state of mind I feel so hateful and I don't understand and I'm not going to try to because now that I've seen it I couldn't walk away no even if I wanted to, yes now that I've seen it even though I'm leaving now every bit of me is still there well I am filled with a quiet resolution and questions posed without solution and in my realm of indecision finally I feel as though I can see something and though this beacon's ever flashing Ii can't revisit without rehashing when I'm stuck in where I created fear I cannot fix myself from here and I'm starting to understand at least in this state I believe something because now that I've seen it I couldn't walk away no even if I wanted to, yes now that I've seen it even though I'm leaving now every bit of me is still there the amount of times I've seen the edge of my own head is unrelenting the floor falls out and I am left with thoughts that move without consenting when all I want is peace and all I want to believe in is knowing without seeing and wanting without fear now that I've seen it I couldn't walk away no even if I wanted to, yes now that I've seen it even though I'm leaving now every bit of me is still there
9.
Going Home Tonight Words & Music by Allison Crowe I know the night is on us and la lune it moves above just try not to close your eyes The windows float around and the ice flies by our heads and skirts the surface now And you've seen the darker side of me and you still find a light it's not much further now We're going home tonight Le soleil is a reminder that what once was cold can warm the dark can fall behind her it's in your shadow now the winter's at its end and all can fall to blindness of the freezing rain and I see the darker side of me and I still find a light it's not much further now We're going home tonight Forget what you have learned here it doesn't matter now not while the grass is greening L'oiseau is loudly singing and the sun becomes her home and everything is fallen the curtains drop as she takes hold And sees the darker side of me and she still finds a light it's not much further now We're going home tonight And I see the darker side of me and I still find a light it's not much further now We're going home tonight We’re going home Tonight
10.
Now I'm 64 Traditional As performed by Allison Crowe I pondered on those days gone by as I sat beside the mill and gazed upon the setting Sun as it sank beneath the hill I gazed on it once more, me boys, ’t’was the very Sun I've seen Well, it's just the same now as it was when we were sweet 16 Oh, how I long for those bright days to come again once more But come again they never will for now I'm 64 The little fish swim in the brook and wander down below They swim until, and ever will, as they did long ago The little meadow by the brook is just as fresh and green It’s just the same now as it was when we were sweet 16 Oh, how I long for those bright days to come again once more But come again they never will for now I'm 64 Oh, the past is past and she is gone, on Earth we'll meet no more But we will meet in Heaven above on that eternal shore And when we meet we'll part no more, we both will reign supreme No more to sing of days gone by when we were sweet 16 Oh, how I long for those bright days to come again once more But come again they never will for now I'm 64 Oh, how I long for those bright days to come again once more But come again they never will for now I'm 64
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02:52 video
Words Composed by Allison Crowe I'll sit here and I'll ruminate My thoughts do not discriminate There are tears behind my mouth If I open they'll fall out Breathe deeply, reign it in again My patience it is growing thin If I open up my mouth it'll all fall out And all it takes is words And all I taste is blood And all I see is blinding light Now I can't breathe I am so angry I can't breathe A flash of darkness supersedes And I try to reach you through the reeds and the pitfalls of myself I am becoming someone else I do not know the way back dear Oh, you will find no answers here More questions than you wanted will leave you cold and haunted And all it takes is words And all I taste is blood And all I see is blinding light And I can't breathe I am so angry I can't breathe I cannot breathe I am so angry I’m so angry I can’t breathe And I can’t breathe I’m so angry I can’t breathe
12.
Lisa's Song Words and Music by Allison Crowe I want to be the one To say that I found you safe And held you in my arms I want anyone else in the world to tell me that they did too And took you home Across the field and to your door and said, hey baby it’s cool, There’s no reason to be scared anymore. Took you home held you in, held you in, held you in. Just stay at home Don’t come outside to play Circumstance beyond control I feel so helpless My mind is racing and breaking me into a million pieces because I can’t Take you home across the river and to your door Take you home and cut through the darkness You don’t have to cry anymore Take you home Hold you in, hold you in, hold you in. You can call me You can call me You can call me You can call Take you home across the sea and to your door Take you home but I’m so scared Home isn’t here anymore Take you home hold you in Through the nightshade and under the stars Hold you in Hold you in Hold you in Hold...
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Silence Words & Music by Allison Crowe Silence In the darkness of your soul Following your call Grey skies Belong to me Open my eyes Rain falls On you On me You cannot control Where you are supposed to be Bring the winds That carry you Bring them to me I will hold This rebel light This renegade sea Rain falls On you On me I cannot control Where I am Supposed to be I wait in the dark I carry these chains I roam through this night No I’ll not open the door For you to be free For you to take flight Rain falls On you On me We cannot control where we are supposed to be
14.
Chelsea Hotel No. 2 Words & Music by Leonard Cohen, Ron Cornelius Performed by Allison Crowe I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, you were looking so brave and so sweet, giving me head on the unmade bed, while the limousines wait in the street. Well, those were the reasons, that was New York, we were running for the money and the flesh That was called love for the workers in song probably still is for those of them left Ah, but you got away, oh, didn't you baby, you just turned your back on the crowd, you got away, I never once heard you say, I need you, I don't need you, I need you, I don't need you ' all of that jiving around. I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel you were famous, your heart was a legend And you told me again - you preferred handsome men but for me you would make an exception And then clenching your fists for the ones like us who are oppressed by the figures of beauty, you fixed yourself, you said, "Well, never mind, we are ugly but we have the music" Ah, but you got away, oh, didn't you baby You just turned your back on the crowd You got away, I never once heard you say I need you, I don’t need you I need you, I don’t need you And all of that jivin’ around I don't mean to suggest that I loved you the best, I can't keep track of each fallen robin. I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, that's all, I don't think of you that often
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Secrets Words & Music by Allison Crowe verse 1 you know I hold these in and I take them for myself I'm covered in guilt but it's not my own there isn't any reason for me to feel like I'm dying I'm done with being afraid I'm done with lying chorus: and I am not an angel I'm more like Mona Lisa there's something hiding in me there's always something behind my smile and I know that I'm not perfect and maybe I am the court jester I'm the life of the party and I know too much about the court... I have these secrets that aren't my own verse 2 so take this how you want to I'm not here to judge you I just want to be in love with you I just want to forget myself i want to just be ignorant please take this pain away from me down to the river and out to the sea down to the river and out to the sea chorus: and I am not an angel I'm more like Mona Lisa there's something hiding in me there's always something behind my smile and I know that I'm not perfect yeah, I am the court jester I'm the life of the party and I know too much about the court... I have these secrets that aren't my own verse 3 it's too far to reach. but I'm too scared to let go. it's too close to ignore but I feel so far away now I'm crawling in the ceiling I'm scratching through the walls I'm trying to scream but my own hand is on my throat chorus: And I am not an angel I'm more like Mona Lisa there's something hiding in me there's always something behind my smile and I want to be like Venus to just bare it all and face the world but I'm tangled in these blankets I'm caught in between the lines I have these secrets that aren't my own

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When critics liken you to Edith Piaf, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Modest Mussorgsky, it’s a good sign you’re truly one-of-a-kind. So it is with musical explorer Allison Crowe who, since creating her own record label in 2001, uniquely inhabits the world of song – continually adding breadth and depth to a richly expressive repertoire for piano, vocals, guitar and bodhran.

Crowe’s “supernaturally agile and exquisite voice” is complemented ideally by her international touring band: Céline Greb (cello, vocal harmonies); Sarah White (mandolin, vocal harmonies); and Dave Baird (bass). Longtime friend, musician and photographer Billie Woods contributes guitar and vocal harmonies to the band’s recordings. The combo’s gorgeously thrilling hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock bridges vital originals with fresh interpretations of classics by Annie Lennox and Gary O'Driscoll.

Alongside multi-genre concert and recording projects over this past year the Nanaimo-born, Newfoundland-based artist’s active as music curator and arranger for acclaimed stage productions of: Atlantic Canada’s folk and popular song; the collaborative works of Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill; and choral renderings of traditional Christmas carols.

A singular artistry and virtuosity make Allison Crowe performances legendary - and fun. In the Scottish Highlands she brought down the house on a bill with Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen's Music. In Hollywood Superman movie director Zack Snyder is outspoken in his respect and admiration. Touring with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet audiences responded with spontaneous standing ovations.

"The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life,” says longtime American public broadcaster Ross Hocker. “Allison has a special gift that is so very rare in musicians today. She is true to her mind, heart and spirit. She also has a most wonderful humor which envelops her audience."

"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," sums up Allison Crowe.

"Heirs + Grievances is the debut studio album of Allison Crowe and Band (and the 20th release on Crowe's label, Rubenesque Records Ltd.) The digital album contains 13 exciting tunes and honestly potent performances. It’s a magnificent set of songs from Allison Crowe and her extraordinary band of musicians.

The physical CD is a double-album - pairing this studio set with a live concert set from Allison and Band – “Introducing”. Enjoy!!

REVIEWS:

"Heirs + Grievances is a gorgeous, full circle showcase of Allison’s growth as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her extraordinary voice is unrestrained and beautifully accompanied by her bandmates." ~ Muruch

“I don’t believe Crowe ever sings a song without an absolute personal commitment... This is an album that should and could develop a greater audience for Crowe beyond those who already adore her.” ~ Some Diurnal Aural Awe

“In the past, Crowe has devoted herself to trad folk, contemporary rock, Christmas songs and music of Leonard Cohen, all of which have merged into these two discs to create a portrait of an idealist — with the addition of her between-songs talk on the live recording revealing a bubbly personality.” ~ Tom Harrison, The Province

“I have not heard of anyone who sings with the vulnerability or childhood innocence and the piercing intensity of Edith Piaf the way she does, well at least not in this lifetime,” says writer/editor Baxter Labatos, founder of “The Celtic Music Fan”, in a review of Allison Crowe and Band’s debut. “It is quite amazing how she can do so many things with her voice. She’s a woman with a guitar who belts out like Aretha Franklin, a bodhran player with soul in her heart and, yes, a pianist with the grace of a classical performer.”

Of “Introducing / Heirs+Grievances”, the double-disc, the percipient international blogger sums up: “The powerful voice and intrumental prowess will delight fans and new converts of Allison Crowe’s artistic genius.” Enjoy the full review @ celticmusicfan.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/why-music-why-breathing-the-allison-crowe-band-cd

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released May 22, 2016

Allison Crowe: Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Fiddle + Bodhran
Billie Woods: Guitar + Vocal Harmonies
Céline Greb: Cello + Vocal Harmonies
Dave Baird: Double Bass + Bass

“Heirs + Grievances”
Engineer/Mixer: Larry Anschell (Turtle Recording Studios)

“Introducing”
Engineer/Mixer: Brad Graham (Turtle)
Concert Tech: Robert Nelson

All songs originally composed by Allison Crowe except:
Chelsea Hotel No.2 – Leonard Cohen, Ron Cornelius (Sony/ATV Songs LLC)
Foggy Shores of Home – Gary O’Driscoll (Chapeau Rouge Music)
Why – Annie Lennox (La Lennoxa Music Co. Ltd.)
Tarry Trousers + Now I’m 64 – Traditional, arranged by Allison Crowe

Fotos: Billie Woods (front), Adrian du Plessis (back) + Allison Crowe (inside)
Art Design & Graphics: Céline Greb

Stage Manager + Multi-instrumentalist: Sarah White
Road Manager + Driver: Axel Dollheiser
Manager: Adrian du Plessis

Rubenesque Records Ltd.

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