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No Crows

“…could easily sit alongside Ry Cooder’s work with the Buena Vista Social Club.... Essential listening for trad aficionados”

-Hot Press Magazine

25.02.23 (SOLD OUT)

Doors Open: 20:00
Show Starts: 20:30

We are excited to welcome the wonderful ‘No Crows’ to the TSEAC stage this February with their dynamic folk orchestra from the multicultural melting pot of Sligo’s music scene.

No Crows’ growing output of original material reflects its diverse musical roots, from Irish traditional to Latin rumba, classical, jazz, rock and Balkan music.

Audiences have been astonished by the unequalled width of the band’s original repertoire, from delicate Irish airs to Gypsy mayhem, from Mallorcan Jota to original songs in many styles with lush string arrangements. The musical mix reflects the folk traditions of the various members, but also a lifetime of experience of the various players involved across many genres of music.

No Crows were quick to take advantage of the ease in restrictions in late 2021 by embarking on a tour of Germany and Switzerland including a triumphant return to Ravensburg where they had won “Band of the Year '' award at the Zehntscheuer arts venue in 2019. The band also played a number of select Irish concerts including a showstopping performance at Sligo Live’s Music Coming Home festival in October.

 

In May this year No Crows performed special orchestral arrangements of the band’s compositions by cellist Anna Houston for Sligo Baroque Orchestra to a full house at The Model, Sligo. No Crows also performed their first concerts in France in early 2022 including an appearance at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Dublin-based Violinist Oleg Ponomarev, the only band member not resident in Sligo, has, for several years now challenged the heady mix that is NoCrows’ trad and folk repertoire with his Gypsy and jazz influenced compositions, something the band members relish. Bassist Eddie Lee, who is well known in Sligo for his curation of Sligo Jazz Project’s annual Festival and Summer School, describes Oleg’s influence: “Oleg writes tunes that challenge and excite everyone, especially us lucky musicians who have to play them. It truly is an honour to perform them with him.”

 

Each band member has contributed tunes to the No Crows repertoire and many new tunes will feature in the upcoming concerts and tours. The most recent album, the brilliant live recording, “Escape” (2019) is a superb collection of the band’s best tunes played with the spontaneity for which their live performances are renowned.

 

No Crows are:

Felip Carbonell - Guitar, Voice

Ray Coen - Guitar, Fiddle, Voice

Anna Houston - Cello, Mandolin, Voice

Eddie Lee - Double Bass, Voice

Oleg Ponomarev - Violin, Voice

Steve Wickham - Fiddle, Voice

This will be a mesmerising evening celebrating the diversity of Irish music, and one that will be sure to get the toes tapping!

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