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Kevin Crawford

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Kevin Crawford

Kevin Crawford (born in Birmingham, England) is an Irish flute,[1] tin whistle, low whistle and bodhrán player.[2] He was born in England to Irish 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 English band 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 as his most "traditional" CD with "Grianán," a group including Siobhán and Tommy Peoples, Niamh de Búrca, 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 two 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]

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

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


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 Colin Farrell & Patrick Doocey
  • Music and Mischief (2019)[5]


  1. ^ Fodor's Ireland. D. McKay. 1999. p. 321. ISBN 978-0-679-00359-5.
  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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