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Event Archive - A fun concert for all – mixing voice, piano, and guitar – and genres from rock to folk, jazz, pop and soul.: Allison Crowe, Lena Birtwistle

Sat. September 8th 2012 - Sat. September 8th 2012 @  Ladysmith First United Church Ladysmith BC (All Ages)
7:30pm - 10:00pm doors at 6:30pm
$20 General / $15 Students & Seniors Advance
Tickets at: In the Beantime Café, Salamander Books
Presented by: Allison Crowe Music
Last year’s “Anniversary celebration and more” was so much fun, musicians Allison Crowe and Lena Birtwistle are re-uniting for a concert at lovely Ladysmith First United Church, (232 High Street), on Saturday, September 8 – music 7:30 pm (doors 6:30 pm).

This occasion helps celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary of Ladysmith’s Sue Bonde and Guy Wolfe, whose daughters Jayse and Bryn contacted international touring artist Allison Crowe in the hopes of arranging something special for their folks. The night also marks the 11th anniversary for Crowe’s own music label, Rubenesque Records.

For more than a decade, Allison Crowe’s life has been one of constant recording and touring - cross-Canada, and, in more recent years, regularly to Europe. This year the Nanaimo-born resident of Atlantic Canada takes a different tack. Staying put in North America she’s Music Director of TNL’s “Newfoundland Vinyl,” a smash hit at this Summer’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival. As well, she’s super-busy off-stage with film and documentary projects, and on-stage with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

In May 2012 Crowe performed “Hallelujah” for the World Premiere run of “The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen” – the RWB’s thrilling, new, Cohen-inspired ballet. This November, she rejoins the RWB as the dance, choreographed by Jorden Morris (“Moulin Rouge”), delights audiences in Canada’s Maritime provinces.

For Ladysmith, Allison Crowe mixes voice, piano, and guitar – and genres from rock to folk, jazz, pop and soul – to feature original music along with select covers, including her acclaimed interpretations of Cohen and such artists as The Lovin’ Spoonful, Patty Griffin and Aretha Franklin.

Vancouver Island-based singer-songwriter and music teacher Lena Birtwistle launches this event with her distinctive guitar and piano songs. Citing diverse inspirations - Eva Cassidy, Fleetwood Mac, Neko Case, Steve Poltz, and Barenaked Ladies - Birtwistle delivers folk/pop songs tinged with country hues and humour.

Her uniquely bright personality shines through solo work – and group projects “The Adamantines” (w. Sid Johnson), plus "Kendall Patrick and the Headless Bettys" (alongside Patrick and partner Jen Carnahan). Currently recording her next solo album – she’s posted preview tracks on MySpace @

Allison Crowe and Lena Birtwistle together celebrate love, music, home – and more! Tickets: In the Beantime Café and Salamander Books in Ladysmith; and online @ Advance: $20 General/ $15 Students & Seniors (Door: $22/$17)


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"I love singing for people," says Allison Crowe. "It's a way to connect and share with others. Communication is crucial. Just being able to do what I do, to write and sing and perform, makes me feel not only alive, but incredibly lucky. Knowing at any moment everything could change, I don't take one second for granted." "Allison sings with such... more info