Allison Crowe: Newfoundland Vinyl 3 (Album Review & Mp3s)

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…

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Featured Presents: Allison Crowe has been released! The 21-track digital album is available for purchase exclusively on Allison Crowe’s official Bandcamp page, so 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the artist herself.

Curated by, this spectacular, career-spanning collection features Allison Crowe’s most magnificent original songs as well as her mesmeric interpretation of “Hallelujah” and other classic covers. also created the album’s cover art from photographs taken by our Editor in Newgrange, Ireland.

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Lizabett Russo: “Running With the Wolves” (Debut Album Review)

Muruch first introduced you to Romanian-born, Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo two years ago as part of our Surfacing series. Lizabett was one of our more memorable undiscovered artists and her new debut full-length, Running With the Wolves, more than lives up to the extraordinary potential we heard in those first three songs.

From the haunting opener “You May Go Further and Find Worse” through softer folk ballads like “Surrender” and more quirky delights like “Love Me No Matter What,” Running With the Wolves is a nonstop surprise and pleasure.

Lizabett’s supernatural voice is as multi-faceted and multi-genre as her intricately orchestrated music. She can cram the vocal styles of Sia, Melody Gardot, My Brightest Diamond, Regina Spektor and Joan Baez into a single note, particularly in the moody ballad “I’ve Been Waiting” and the gorgeous finale “River Bridge.” Not mention the mindblowingly wide range of songs she’s covered live.

Lizabett Russo’s debut album, Running With the Wolves, is an exquisite collection of some of the most beautiful and innovative songs ever recorded.

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15 Years of Muruch!

Muruch is now a surly teenager. While the original site was created in 1999, it was in July, 2000 that I began posting “Muruch mp3s” to share new music with friends. If you’re interested in the site’s convoluted history, you can read the saga on the About page. We have a lot of things planned to celebrate Muruch‘s 15th anniversary – starting with today’s official launch of the for RAINN fundraising campaign and benefit album. And, of course, Muruch wouldn’t be Muruch without plenty of Allison Crowe…

A Best of 2015 So Far

​​By: Brn

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” Bonnie Raitt cover by SOAK

“A Summer in Ohio (The Last Five Years)” by Anna Kendrick

“Ring Of Keys (Fun Home)” by Sydney Lucas

“My Oh My” by Punch Brothers

“Old Kimball” by Anna and Elizabeth + The Murphy Beds

“Crossing Muddy Waters” by Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan

“They Just Keep Moving The Line” by Jeremy Jordan

“Veronique (On The Twentieth Century)” by Kristin Chenoweth

“Love and Love Alone (The Visit)” by Chita Rivera

“1000 Oceans,” Tori Amos cover performed by Kyle Dean Massey during Broadway Does Tori

“Song of Wandering Aengus” by Tiny Ruins (around 7 minutes in on her 13th Floor appearance)

“All I ask Of You (Phantom of the Opera)” by Josh Groban + Sierra Boggess