Allison Crowe, who is originally from Nanaimo, is back in Sidney next month. (Handout)

Allison Crowe returns to Sidney

When reached by phone, singer-songwriter Allison Crowe was in Hawaii — and it was her birthday. She was there for only one more day, so she was keen to absorb as much sunshine as she could before returning home to Corner Brook, Nfld.

She will soon be coming back to the Mary Winspear Centre on Dec. 15, with additional dates in Vancouver and Nanaimo, and she is looking forward to playing near her hometown because “it’s like seeing friends you haven’t seen all year.”

She will be playing a mix of songs from her 2004 album Tidings, which has classic Christmas tunes and covers of classics from Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and the Beatles, but she will also include some newer material. She has released 24 albums, and she agrees that she could be considered prolific.

“I feel uncomfortable not writing. If a lot of time goes by, I don’t feel like I’m doing my job unless I’m recording and writing something!”

She wrote a new album’s worth of material at the start of this year, and some of the recordings are now done.

“My writing is very personal. It’s kind of like writing in a journal for me, in a way, and what I see in the world,” she said.

Crowe’s sound has changed as she has accumulated new life experienced and new instruments. Her time in Newfoundland has injected her music with Irish folk influences, and she’s picked up the fiddle, which she said has changed the chords and structures of her songs.

“Part of why I enjoy picking up a new instrument is it forces me to simplify things…and then sometimes I get bored and want to complicate things again.”

Crowe is touring with Salt Spring Island cellist Céline Sawchuk, who recently immigrated from Dennach, near the Black Forest in Germany, so there will be some traditional German Christmas songs in the mix. Sawchuk designed Crowe’s show posters about three years ago before asking her manager if Crowe needed a cello player. Crowe was keen and said yes.

“Of course, it turns out that we’ve become really good friends and she’s also an amazing singer as well, so it’s really great.”

For tickets, call the Mary Winspear Centre box office at 250-656-0275 or visit marywinspear.ca.

Just Posted

Get your smile on, Free Smile Day is coming up

Two dental clinics in View Royal and Sooke are offering free services on Monday

Parents grieving teen’s overdose death say it started with opioid prescription

Elliot Eurchuk, 16, died at his Oak Bay home Friday, after taking street drugs

Westshore Towing helps keep West Shore resident on the road

A car fire left Dany Mickel without a vehicle

Coast Collective highlights the world through the eyes of local children

Annual Earth Day show meet the artists reception this Saturday

Ready for day two at the Home Expo

One exhibitor, Atlas Junk Removal, uses their trucks for a good cause

VIDEO: Moose found licking salt off B.C. man’s pickup truck

Tab Baker was in his garage in Prince George when the small moose gave his truck a clean

B.C. student makes short-list for autism advocacy award

Brody Butts honoured for his role as a mentor and self-advocate

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

16 of 20 fastest improving B.C. schools are public: Fraser Institute

Independent elementary schools remain at top of the chart in think tank’s annual report card

Dinosaurs taking centre stage at National Geographic event

NatGeo Live series finale May 2 at the Royal features renowned paleontologist

UPDATED: 1 person dead after highway crash in Nanoose Bay

Accident happened just before 4 p.m. near Hillview Road

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called negotiations ‘perpetual’

Pulp mill fined $900,000 for leaking effluent into B.C. lake

Mackenzie Pulp Mill pleaded guilty to depositing deleterious substance into water frequented by fish

Most Read