Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe continues her Newfoundland Vinyl traditional folk series with the release of Newfoundland Vinyl 3. Allison gives new meaning to the word multi-tasking by once again arranging, performing, producing and engineering a collection of traditional Canadian and Celtic folk songs from the local theatrical production for which she serves as Musical Director. Following is my review of the album along with several mp3s, including three songs premiering here on Muruch.com…
Several tracks — including “Fiddler’s Green,” “Green Green Grass of Home,” “The Irish Rover” and especially the lovely “The Foggy Shores of Home” — would be equally at home on WV’s Mountain Stage and Ireland’s Other Voices. You can download a free, legal mp3 of “The Foggy Shores of Home” via the Soundcloud widget below exclusively here on Muruch.com for a limited time.
The peppy “Johnny’s Moonshine” recalls the comedic, drunken fun of Newfoundland Vinyl‘s “Skipper Billy’s Wake” and “Lukey’s Boat” has a jaunty sea shanty rhythm. The latter song has previously been covered by The Chieftains and Laura Love fans will recognize the chorus lyric “Aha Me Riddle I Day.”
“Snowy Night” is the album’s haunting centerpiece, beautifully showcasing Allison’s voice in an almost Medieval folk melody and featuring the choral backing vocal style that characterized her “Famous Blue Raincoat” cover (featured on Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe). You can download a free, legal mp3 of “Snowy Night” via the Soundcloud widget below exclusively here on Muruch.com for a limited time.
The simply beautiful folk ballad “The Glow of the Kerosene Light” is another standout.
NV3 ends on a light-hearted note with the funny, ready-to-fight finale “I Had a Hat (When I Came In).” You can download a free, legal mp3 of “I Had a Hat (When I Came In)” via the Soundcloud widget below exclusively here on Muruch.com for a limited time.
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