No Matter the Battle

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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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No Matter the Battle

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I still hold secrets
I thought that was over
They’re still with me
Yeah, they’re still there

And I’ve walked backwards
And fallen down so many times
It seems like the truth
Is fatally attracted to me

But I can’t see
And I can’t feel
But I still don’t know why

And I believe now that you are with me
And I have heard you say
That you will love me anyway
No matter the battle

And I’ve exploded
Into pieces and shattered
These frames and phrases
As tears burst through

And I’ve tried to hold them
to me so tightly
I felt I couldn’t breathe
more times than you could believe

And I can’t see
And I can’t feel
But I still don’t know why

And I believe now that you are with me
And I have heard you say
that you will love me anyway
No matter the battle

So here you stand now
You’re still beside me
And I still hold you
And will, ’til I can’t see

‘cause if you’ll hold the light
I’ll wade through the depths
and breathe for you
if you will fly for me

But I can’t see
and I can’t feel
but I still don’t know why

and I believe now
that you are with me

and I have heard you say
that you will love me anyway
no matter the battle

And I still hold secrets
I thought that was over

And you’re still with me
Yeah, you’re still there

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from Introducing, released September 4, 2016

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