About Ballad of crows

With trademark warm, honey-soaked vocal harmonies soaring over guitar, fiddle, mandolin, double-bass, banjo, accordion and cello, Ballad of Crows conjure a sound reminiscent of traditional folk and old-time, yet infused with a thoroughly modern energy. Their debut album was successfully funded via a Kickstarter campaign that attracted the support of enthusiastic backers from right across the globe.

Ballad of Crows features the Scottish musicians Steve Crawford & Pete Coutts in a musical partnership which has lasted for more than twenty years. The line-up is completed by the German multi-instrumentalist Sascha ‘Salossi’ Loss.

“full of deft harmonies and strong melodies” (The Daily Telegraph)

“Entirely their own sound, there’s a memory-touching edge to their songs that evokes the past as much as it touches the present … to summarise in a word ‘timeless’” (Folk Worlds)

“’Ballad of Crows’ is a terrific album (and band!) that has a haunting atmosphere as well as a comforting warmth on a recording that thanks to its thematic diversity should hold appeal for most roots music tastes, in fact, thanks to the memorable melodies, perhaps even crossing over to somewhere approaching the mainstream” (americanrootsuk.com)

“Clear evidence that folk-music has not yet had its day” (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger) 

FolkWorlds Review

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Ballad Of Crows – strides confidently across bridge-spanning music

(April 03, 2015)

There’s a rare subtly at work in the music of Ballad Of Crows. Blending tradition and innovation, mixing elements of both Celtic and Americana, they write and play a fusion that resists classification, yet strides confidently across the bridges that span music. Their album, ‘Ballad Of Crows’ is a wholly engrossing delivery of accomplished musicianship, eloquent lyrics and evocative harmonies. Entirely their own sound, there’s a memory-touching edge to their songs that evokes the past as much as it touches the present … to summarise in a word ‘timeless’.

Throughout the album a myriad tiny echoes make their presence felt … traces of vocal delivery that catch your ear, elusive melodies that you wish would remain, softly-placed lyrics that make indelible marks. Taken as a whole this album is supremely listenable and richly enduring. Take any track and they pull you in. The questions asked in ‘Empty Skies’, the captivating ‘Buddah Song’ with its entrancing whistle accents, lonesome wanderings in ‘Brother Wind’, the heartache of ‘Waiting for Return’ and a vibrant banjo-mandolin-driven take on Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’.

Ballad Of Crows is Steve Crawford (guitar, vocals) and Pete Coutts (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Sacha ‘Salossi’ Loss (guitar, guitalele, fiddle, upright bass, harmonica, vocals) – joining them on the album are Jonny Hardie (fiddle) Ali Hutton (whistle) Fabio Nettekoven (slide guitar) Chris Hall (Cajun accordion) Graham Coe (cello) and Gerry Kelly (banjo).

Reviewer: Charlie Elland


FlyingShoes Review


Ballad of Crows

by Rudie Humphrey

First of all you want to own this record, something about the sleeve says, “own me”, and a combination of that and a very cool name means you aren’t disappointed

It’s just great harmonies, a rash of some great picking and some complimentary fiddle throughout, the relaxed, down home feel with layer ‘Eagles’ vocal that means all is ok with world as lazer hits disc. I love its blend of Westcoast sunshine and old ‘skool’ Nashville.

‘The Buddha Song’ we take a Celtic turn, as pipes and whistles get added to the mix, it’s not unrequited, just a bit unnecessary, when they do what they do so well. The whole thing just sounds like people having a good time playing music – what’s not to like, when they strike up the mandolin it’s the difference in turning them from being ordinary and being special. T6 rips along at a furious pace, with the chug chug guitar that’s all too familiar, the vocals are reminiscent of Shawn Mullins – again what’s not to like.

If this is their calling card then it leaves you wanting to see them live, the effortless shifts of pace, it is harsh on Steve Crawford, but I prefer Pete Coutts voice, it’s more rootsy. The Cajun accordion is also most welcome on TX and the line about “pecking crows” is great. If there is one minor flaw, and this is just being picky, it should end with the cover of Petty’s American Girl, there‘s ‘Wind’ from Tim O’Brien, the whole piece is quality throughout, well picked covers, well played, well worth it.


2016 Concert Dates Announced!

13. Aug • Strassenstaub festival • Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
14. Aug • Schlauer Bauer Openair • Wetikon, Switzerland
10. Sept • Kulturmühle Buchhagen • Bodenwerder, Germany
30. Sept • Ballad Of Crows & Gronau • More details TBA
19. Oct • Buchhandlung Schmid • Schwabmünchen, Germany
05. Dec • Meneer Frits • Eindhoven, Netherlands
08. Dec • De Bunker • Gemert, Netherlands
10. Dec • Alte Schule • Müllenbach, Germany
17. Dec • Pentinghausen • Marienheide, Germany

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