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