Crookshank

Crookshank

BandWorldFolk

Crookshank performs ethnic/world/folk/rock, drawing material from Scandinavia, Bulgaria, France, the British Isles, and beyond. They seek out the unusual modes and offbeat melodies, bringing them to light for American audiences.

Biography

It’s all about the rhythm. And the old, strange melodies from the back hills of the world. Middle Eastern tunes slide into Swedish laments and into Scottish rants, followed up by a jazz-rock take on a stomping Bulgarin dance tune. The sound is big and rich, sometimes dark, sometimes bright, always passionately energetic.
Crookshank started in 2004 when John Peekstok of Telynor and Beth Kollé of Stone Circle joined forces with folk-rocker Davy Axtell. The goal, now nicely realized, was to play folk-rock/jazz/blues versions of ethnic folk music, driven by tribal percussion and electric bass. Bassist Pete Glass and international dance fiddler Sarah Funk completed the line-up and everything clicked. Crookshank’s members are all long-time pros in a variety of genres – rock, blues, ethnic folk, medieval, jazz, and classical – and they’ve blended it all in the Crookshank sound.