Crookshank sprang from the imaginations of five seasoned folk musicians with the desire to Rock Out, in a totally folkish sense.
Traditional tunes from the British Isles, the Celtic lands, Scandinavia and Central Europe fuse in Crookshank''s sound, the energy heightened by original compositions by the band''s founder, John Peekstok.
Crookshank is sculpting a new sound, new even within the folkrock genre established by groups such as Britain''s Steeleye Span and Sweden''s Folk och Rackare.
John Peekstok, who started the band five years ago, plays cittern and guitar and composes old Bulgarian folk music. Davy Axtell sings folk music better than any man alive, and constantly amuses audiences with his passionate Ian Anderson-like flute playing. He also plays a rockin'' 12-string guitar and both kinds of dulcimer.
Beth Kollé plays amazing Irish flute and sings in English, Norwegian and Swedish. Sarah Funk adds a soulful violin and beautiful vocal harmonies. Pete Glass provides the foundation for Crookshank''s sound in the form of gritty and driving electric bass.
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