His latest musical project, Indoor Garden Party, is described as a five-piece ‘hive mind of world-class musicians, songwriters and performers’.They have just released their first album, The Musical, and are about to play their first UK tour, which includes an intimate date at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall.She has the capability to make the most raring of tempest occur.There is a mysterious quality about Scorpio woman, as she is intensely private, discrete and secretive.She just became part of what we did in that, she’s one of the principal voices.”Crowe’s relationship with Grimes dates back to 1998 when they were making the film Mystery, Alaska.“We started singing together back then as friends,” he remembers.
’ “So I played track one, it was just me and him in the car, and he listened to it again and said, ‘I think I can improve that’.
The band is an extension of the long-running songwriting partnership between Crowe, now 53, and Alan Doyle, the 48-year-old lead singer with the Canadian folk rock group Great Big Sea, and also includes actors Samantha Barks and Scott Grimes and multi-instrumentalist Carl Falk.
With multiple careers on the go, the logistics of getting “this funny old band” together is tricky, but not insurmountable for brief periods of time, Crowe says.
“Alan was aware the band I was in for 20 years used to cover one of his songs and we’d always introduce it as a Great Big Sea song.
He was also on the bill at that NHL Awards, his band were musical guests, so he manufactured to bump into me backstage and we just started having a chat.