Kevin Crawford

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Kevin Crawford playing the bodhrán

Kevin Crawford (born 6 December 1967 in Birmingham, England) is an English flute,[1] tin whistle, Low whistle and bodhrán player.[2] He was born in England to Irish emigrant parents from Milltown Malbay, County Clare. He later moved to West Clare to improve his music and become more exposed to traditional Irish music.


He started in the late 1980s with Long Acre working with artists such as Mick Conneely, Brendan Boyle, Bernadette Davis, Joe Molloy and Ivan Miletitch. After recording and co-producing what he described[citation needed] as his most "traditional" CD with "Grianán," a group including Siobhán and Tommy Peoples, Niamh De Burca, P.J. King, Martin Murray, Paul McSherry, John Maloney, and Pat Marsh (released in 1993), Crawford joined "Moving Cloud" in 1993, with whom he recorded several albums.

He joined one of Ireland's top traditional bands, "Lúnasa", in 1997, replacing Michael McGoldrick. Crawford became the "frontman" for Lúnasa during their live performances. With the band he has recorded a number of albums, while he has also recorded solo albums and albums with other musicians.[3]

Kevin also tours with Martin Hayes and John Doyle as The Teetotallers.[4]


with Grianán
  • The Maid of Eirin (1993)
with Raise The Rafters
  • Raise The Rafters (1995)
with Moving Cloud
  • Moving Cloud (1995)
  • Foxglove (1998)
with Lúnasa
with Cillian Vallely
  • On Common Ground (2009)
with The Drunken Gaugers
  • The Drunken Gaugers: Kevin Crawford, Dylan Foley (fiddle), and Patrick Doocey (guitar) (2017)
with Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell & Patrick Doocey
  • Music and Mischief (2019)[5]

Kevin Crawford, according to the liner notes in Carrying the Tune plays "Mike Grinter flutes and whistles and Susato, Generation and Jonathan Sindt whistles."


  1. ^ Fodor's Ireland. D. McKay. 1999. p. 321. ISBN 978-0-679-00359-5. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  2. ^ "No green beer served here"
  3. ^ "Kevin Crawford". Lúnasa. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  4. ^ "John Doyle". John Doyle. 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell & Patrick Doocey". CD Baby. 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.

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