Welcome to Us 1

by Allison Crowe

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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", the concert’s first act, presents the brilliant bi-coastal band's more guitar-and-fiddle-centric tunes – live.

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released April 3, 2018

Heartiest of thanks to: Ashley Mac, Greg House, Colin Furlong, Suzanne Mullett, Mike Hammond, Emily Carrigan, Danielle Hamel, Robert Gauthier, Pat Dempsey, Christopher D’Arcy Dunn, Barry Ross, Sue Legere, Alick Tsui, Krista Hansen, Brad Randell, David Smallwood, Lou Ellis, Chu Wu, Milka Smid, Clodagh O’Connell, Axel Dollheiser & Adrian du Plessis+

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Track Name: Hours
Hours

Composed by Allison Crowe

All this shifting of hours
Moves towards the light
And the presence of the emptiness
Gives up without a fight

And the movement of the river
Goes towards the sea
And my absence of fulfilment
Presents itself to me

These pockets of the sky
Are turbulent at best
We laugh when we are frightened
Not at our own behest

The chattering of spirits
Keeps me wide awake
It isn’t something stolen
But it’s something I can’t take

The sound of screaming beauties
Cry themselves to sleep
Whatever I hold on to
Is nothing I can keep

I run my hands across the stone now
And slowing down my breath
I haven’t gone but I am fading
I scare myself to death

Don’t be scared
It’s just the wind
And the minutes
Don’t know where to begin
We are getting older
But it’s not amounting to anything – *(and it all adds up but who is counting)*
to anything so just let go.

*last time through
Track Name: Julianna
Julianna

Composed by Allison Crowe

It is far too much
Too much she cannot hold
She expects the worst
She receives the cold

It wasn't what she hoped, or believed
It is what she got to get her through
And another day just goes by for you

Julianna
Julianna
She tried too hard to breathe under the water
But it kept her down
Julianna

If you watch her walk away
Don’t you dare complain
She tried to give you fire
But you drowned her in the rain

It isn’t what you hoped, or expected
You feel yourself as slighted, and rejected
But still another day just goes by for you

Julianna
Julianna
She tried too hard to breathe under the water
But he kept her down
Julianna

It will not be that much
Not much for you to hold
But the little she can give
Is worth its weight in gold

It isn’t what she needs, or deserves
But you have depleted her reserves
And another day will go by, go by

Julianna
Julianna
She tried too hard to breathe under the water
But you let her down
Julianna

Julianna
Track Name: Heavy Graces
(Through These) Heavy Graces

Composed by Allison Crowe

I’m not better than anyone
and you’re no better than me
So here we stand at the artifice
face-to-face in symmetry

I laugh when I’m afraid
and I cry when taken by peace
I shake through new beginnings
and I scream when I release

I want to breathe
but I can’t catch breath
I want to live
but I can’t shake death

And bathe in light
in the darkest of places
Tread lightly
through these heavy graces

Guilt crawls through my skin
and exits every pore
I exist a floating creature
of heart and bones, so sore

But you stand firm in faith
for your emptiness of soul
And I’m left here with the shaking
when laughter takes its toll

I want to breathe
But I can’t catch breath
I want to live
but I can’t shake death

Bathe in light
in the darkest of places
Tread lightly
through these heavy graces

And shadow takes his cover
It’s piercing with his eyes
No moral lesson learned here
No clever compromise

Just feign of retribution
and tears swallowed ill at ease
To wash the scars from inside
this doubt will not appease

I want to breathe
but I can’t catch breath
I want to live
but I can’t shake death

And bathe in light
in the darkest of places
Tread lightly
through these heavy graces

I want to breathe
but I can’t catch breath
I want to live
but I can’t shake death

And bathe in light
in the darkest of places
Tread lightly
through these heavy graces

Tread lightly
through these heavy graces

Tread lightly
through these, these heavy graces
Track Name: Hopeless
Hopeless

Composed by Allison Crowe

Am I supposed... to breathe... the air
I take pride... and I try
And I hold… on to my hair

It’s always too broken
To know..., lying awake
I am cold –
And I need you now… as you are
and I will breathe when I can

I am hopeless
I am hopeless
I am hopeless
I am hopeless

I try too hard, I hold too close,
I leap when I should walk
I should stay… but I move.

Where are you… I need... somewhere
I have cried... and I’ve tried
And I’ve told… but it goes nowhere

It’s always too quiet
To hear… I am insane…
I am frozen –
And I need you now, as you are
and I will bleed where I stand

I am hopeless
I am hopeless
I am hopeless
I am hopeless

I try too hard, I hold too close,
And I leap when I should walk
I should stay… but I move

But I move
Track Name: Silence
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
Track Name: Verses / Morrison's Jig
Verses

Composed by Allison Crowe

All the verses I know
Are song without a chorus
All the air I breathe
Is slow

All these pages I’ve seen
They got nowhere to turn
The lake has run dry, try
and there you are

Ah, ah...

All these lies you’ve told
They come without a price
You’re not forgiven, it doesn’t matter
I didn’t have to think twice

All the darkness I’ve seen
I send over to yours
I’ll never understand
I’ve tried to hold you til you speak

And the waves go by, and eyes are sore
And I want it all, don’t ask for more
And the world is broken, out of
all I’ve seen
You’re the only one who’ll ask for me

And I know
And I know
I know
Track Name: Tarry Trousers
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"
Track Name: Wedding Song
Wedding Song

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

At the turning of another moon
comes time to end this day
and only so many have to pass
as I am gone away

So I sing you now this lullaby
though it's bittersweet
for we have to part when we close our eyes
but every morning meet

These words fall down upon this page
I never do get to sleep
but to be so far away from you
I lay my head and weep

I know this night will be over soon
there's another day in sight
though darkness falls on empty sheets
only you bring in the light

No, I will never be the perfect wife
I don't even know what that is
but I will be here and he'll always know
that my heart is his

Count down the days
and draw the curtains back
pour the wine and say
that we'll love as much as we both can do
until our dying day

that we'll love as much as we both can do
until our dying day
Track Name: Gerald Thomas' Burnt Potato (feat. Keelan Purchase)
Gerald Thomas’ Burnt Potato (Les Patates Brûlées à Gerald Thomas)

Composed by Émile Joseph Benoît
Track Name: Catharsis
Catharsis

Composed by Amy Cann