NoCrows are; Felip Carbonell: Guitar * Anna Houston: Cello, Mandolin * Eddie Lee: Double Bass * Steve Wickham: Violin
Oleg Ponomarev: regular guest on Violin
Sligo based group NoCrows are making waves in the folk and world music circuit with appearances last year at major European festivals starting with Glastonbury’s acoustic stage last June, sharing the stage that day with such luminaries as Ray Davies (The Kinks), Fairport Convention and Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers).
NoCrows played some of Europe’s biggest folk festivals last year, Dranouter Folk Festival and Dranouter aan Zee in Belgium, sharing stage with Buena Vista Social Club among others.
In 2010 the band have toured Belgium (Labadoux Festival), Switzerland and Spain. They have also just released their third CD, NoCrows On the Moon
The band, which plays a unique blend of Irish traditional, classical and world music, is a quartet of Sligo musicians from very different backgrounds: Steve Wickham (of Waterboys fame) on violin and vocals, moved to Sligo from his native Dublin in the early nineties and has been an integral part of Sligo’s music scene ever since. Mallorcan maestro Felip Carbonell, on Spanish guitar and vocals, has resided in Strandhill for over 15 years, as has Swiss multi-instrumentalist Anna Houston, who is as comfortable playing cello in Sligo Baroque Orchestra as banjo and mandolin in local trad sessions. The quartet is completed by double bassist Eddie Lee, the band’s only Sligo native, who has been part of Sligo’s modern music scene, performing with rock, soul, folk, jazz, world and classical groups since 1981.
NoCrows repertoire is truly global as their music ranges from Portugal to Moldova, from Brittany to Russia, from Venezuela to Greece and beyond. Always on the lookout for a good tune, the band borrows from the classical oeuvre as it does from jazz, trad, folk and world music.
To date the group has released three CDs on their own label Crows Records and Dervish’s Whirling Discs. Their live debut CD, Live at the Strand was recorded and released in late 2006 to critical acclaim. (“Swing rarely felt this good”- Siobhan Long of The Irish Times). 2008’s Magpie, described by The Irish Times as “A beautifully wrought selection of instrumental music” caught the public imagination once more and their 2010 over “NoCrows On The Moon” which sees the band bring more self penned work to the fore and no less than twenty musical guests from ten nationalities, including Sharon Shannon, French star Cali, Donegal maestros Fidil, Mallorcan songstress Miquela Lladó and jazz drummer David Lyttle amongst others, NoCrows on the Moon represents a collaborative and creative milestone for the group.
Their hometown gig to launch NoCrows on The Moon is at The Model in Sligo with a unique concert featuring several special guests next Friday 26th of November at 8:00pm. Admission: €15/12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: +353 (0) 71 914 14 05.
and you can find out where else they are playing by clicking here
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