Joe Crabtree with Wishbone Ash
|Birth name||Joseph Crabtree|
|Born||Burnley, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Rock, alternative, jazz, funk|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, arranger, producer|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, guitar, bass, flute|
|Associated acts||Wishbone Ash, Pendragon, the David Cross Band, Mick McConnell, Bedspace, Elena, Upsetta|
|Website||Official website, Online Drum School|
Crabtree began his drumming career at age 11 studying with a local self-taught drummer, Harry Hindle. It was while studying with Hindle that Crabtree was first introduced to the drumming of Dave Weckl via his instructional video The Next Step. Crabtree cites this as a defining moment in his understanding of what was possible on the drums.
He started playing live shows at age 14, and began teaching drums to local drummers at age 15. Having taken up guitar at age 12, he also taught guitar to beginner students for a number of years.
While studying physics at Durham University between 1998 and 2000, Crabtree wrote and recorded with original band Breakmaus. Breakmaus recorded two self-released albums, That White Door and Arrested, and made an appearance on Sky TV on the show Where It's At. Crabtree also played with many cover bands, small jazz bands, and the university big band while studying at Durham.
Moving to London in 2004, Crabtree continued his drum studies with London musician Bob Armstrong, whose former students include Oasis's Alan White, and The Who's Zak Starkey (also the son of Ringo Starr from The Beatles).
After moving to London in 2004, Crabtree played and recorded with numerous original bands, including a stint with Goldie co-writer Tim Philbert's original project Upsetta.
Litherland in turn passed Crabtree's name to Sunshine of Your Love lyricist Pete Brown, who then recommended Crabtree for the Xanda Howe band. In 2006, Crabtree joined Xanda Howe for a short tour along with Malcolm Bruce (son of Jack Bruce), with whom he later recorded.
Also between 2006 and 2008, Crabtree became a member of Pendragon and completed two European tours, appearing on the DVDs And Now Everybody to the Stage and Jewel - Past and Presence.
He appears on the live DVDs Live in London, Live in Paris, and the rockumentary This Is Wishbone Ash as well as the live albums Argus Live, recorded live for Sirius XM radio, and the Roadworks series of releases.
Having taught private students for many years, Crabtree began a short stint teaching at the Academy of Contemporary Music before having to leave in 2007 when the Wishbone Ash touring schedule coincided with term time.
Inspired by how much he learned from DCI music videos, Crabtree set up an online drum school, JoeCrabtree.com, in 2006. The school has attracted more than 2,000 students, and his YouTube channel of drum lessons has garnered more than 5 million views. Outside of his own channels, Crabtree creates educational videos for the drumstick manufacturer Vic Firth's website.
- The Power Of Eternity (2007)
- Elegant Stealth (2011)
- Blue Horizon (2014)
- Argus "Then Again" Live (2008, live album)
- Roadworks 1 (2010, live album)
- Roadworks 2 (2011, live album)
- Roadworks 3 (2013, live album)
- Roadworks 4 (2014, live album)
- Roadworks Boxset (2015)
- Live in London - 40th Anniversary (2009)
- Tough (2008, compilation album)
- Tender (2008, compilation album)
- "Reason To Believe" (2011)
David Cross Band
- Alive in the Underworld (2008, live)
Crabtree uses and endorses Sonor drums, Evans drum heads, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Porter and Davies drum thrones, Sensaphonics in ear monitors and Tunerfish Lug Locks.
- Doolan, Susan (9 September 2015). "Wishbone Ash formed in 1969; playing Violet's Venue in Barrie on Sept. 18". The Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
Joe Crabtree, the newest member, joined Wishbone Ash in 2007. The drummer has a range of styles that includes progressive rock to jazz. He has performed with Pendragon (and still does) as well as David Cross of King Crimson. He also has a degree in physics and in his free time, develops iPhone apps for musicians.
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- Prince, Patrick (24 March 2011). "Wishbone Ash to tour US in support of new DVD". Goldmine. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
- "Joe Crabtree's Drum Lessons". YouTube. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
- "Joe Crabtree Lesson Series". VicFirth.com. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
- "Software For Drummers!". joecrabtree.com. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
- "Joe Crabtree | Drummer, Educator, Developer". www.joecrabtree.co.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2017.