John Kraus and the Goers
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John Kraus and the Goers

Long Beach, California, United States | SELF

Long Beach, California, United States | SELF
Band Folk Celtic

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"Kraus splashes in on the Redwood"

"...I had never heard shanties done like this." - LA Weekley


"The Folkies are gonna be pissed"

"How refreshing, [to hear] these traditional songs interpreted with the kind of bold urgency ...reminiscent of Fogging Molly" - performer Magazine


"Dark as Joseph Conrad, light as Liam Clancy"

Dark as Joseph Conrad, light as Liam Clancy - Folk Alliance


Discography

Donkey Off a Dead Horse - 2007
Derelict - 2012

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Bio

The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears or the sea.
The goers’ music comes directly off the decks of sailing ships. A sailor, and captain of a traditional, wooden square rigger, John Kraus bases his sound on the traditional backbone of maritime music. Learning such songs is simply a practice learned in his trade, even today. Fusing a tuba and violin with wild percussion and a multitude of strummed, plucked or slapped instruments, The Goers blend old, borrowed and some completely new melodies to a fine pure’ of Celtic-American stew that will as often illustrate the plight of the sailor as well as his celebrations. The results are songs that are unique, reminiscent of a time long past, but modern and urgent, compelling you to step aboard a ship and go to sea. These are not your grandfather’s shanties.