Roving Crows

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Roving Crows Line-Up 2015.jpg
Roving Crows Line-Up 2015
Background information
OriginGloucester, England
GenresCeltic Fusion, Folk Rock,
Years active2009–present
MembersCaitlin Barret
Paul O'Neill
Jim Smith
Rob Murray-Mason
Past membersLoz Shaw
Tim Downes-Hall
Joe Ball
Josh Balen
Mark Miletich
Greg Wilson-Copp
Tim Tolhurst

Roving Crows are 4 piece Folk Fusion band based in Worcestershire, England. Since forming in 2009 they have released two full-length albums and received a number of awards. of[1]


Formation & Self-Titled Demo[edit]

Singer-Songwriter Paul O'Neill and fiddle player Caitlin Barrett first performed as a duo in 2007, under the name Elysian. In 2009 they decided to expand the line up and change the name to The Roving Crows (the word 'The' was later dropped from the name). The band went through several line-up changes early in its life. A self-titled demo album was recorded and released in 2010 with John David at Berryhill Studios with the addition of Mark Miletich on double bass and Phil Hall on drums.

Greg Wilson-Copp joined Roving Crows in 2010 on trumpet, bringing Ska and Soul influences to the sound. By this point the rhythm section had changed to Joe Ball on bass guitar and Josh Balen on drums, and in 2011 this line-up self-recorded and released an EP previewing the new musical style since the debut album.

Tim Tolhurst was recruited on drums after Josh Balen stepped down in 2011, bringing his Jazz influenced percussion to the group. In the same year they won 2 Irish Music Awards; ‘Top Celtic Rock Band’ and ‘Top Fiddle Player’, accredited to them by the Irish Music Association.[2]


In late 2011 Roving Crows went into Rockfield Studios to record their debut album with producer Nick Brine (who also worked with acts such as Ash, Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, Seasick Steve and The Darkness[3]). Bacchanalia was released on 17 March 2012 with a release party at Gloucester Guildhall and an ensuing tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland including performances at Cambridge Folk Festival,[4] Trowbridge Village Pump Festival,[5] Lakefest,[6] Ireby Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. In 2012 they won ‘Best Folk Act’ at the Exposure Music Awards as well as being noticed by both national and regional BBC radio stations, including airplay on Mike Harding's Folk Show and The Paul O'Grady Show

Deliberate Distractions[edit]

After spending much of 2012 without a bass player, Loz Shaw joined Roving Crows in October 2012 whilst the band were half way through the writing process for their second album. A self-recorded EP simply entitled 'EP 2013' was released in February 2013 with four new tracks including a live recording of Roving Crows' arrangement of Music for a Found Harmonium. Roving Crows returned to Rockfield Studios in March 2013 to record Deliberate Distractions, again with producer Nick Brine. The album was released on 4 November 2013,[7] attracting 4- and 5- star reviews from publications such as The Financial Times, R2 Magazine and Maverick Magazine. The band was awarded 'Band of the Year 2013' in the 2014 Fatea Music Awards,[8] as well as 'Best Live Band' in the 2014 Spiral Earth awards[9]

Live Distractions[edit]

As a follow-up to 'Deliberate Distractions', a 15-track live album was recorded at the Watson Hall, Tewkesbury on 21 December 2013. It was released in a limited press at the St. Paddy's Day Extravaganza on 15 March 2014 at the Gloucester Guildhall, and digitally through Bandcamp on the same date.

Roving Crows, 10 August 2013

Up Heaval[edit]

Up Heaval is the five track EP released on Saturday 14 March 2015 to coincide with their final concert with Greg Wilson-Copp and Tim Tolhurst. Tolhurst provided session drums on several tracks on the E.P., although the use of electronic percussion and synthesizers was prevalent for the first time. The band continued as a trio for several months until recruiting Tim Downes-Hall to play a variety of percussion outside of the constrictions of a traditional Drum kit.

Bury Me Naked[edit]

After two years of constant touring including breakthrough tours in France, there was increasing demand for new music. Recording of the group's third full length release began in late 2016. This was the first recording to feature Tim Downes-Hall on percussion as well as being the first self-recorded album from the group, with Loz Shaw handling the recording and production. Many different locations were used for the recording of the large number of layered sounds that feature on the album. Bury Me Naked was released on 8 April 2017 with a launch party at Gloucester Guildhall.


Due to differing musical backgrounds between band members, the band's musical influences have varied widely throughout the band's history and have included traditional Celtic music, Klezmer, Tribal House, Ska, Latino, Jazz, Reggae, Country, Americana and traditional Folk Music.

Current members[edit]

  • Paul O'Neill (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar)
  • Caitlin Barret (Fiddle, Vocals)
  • Jim Smith (Fretless bass, Vocals)
  • Laurence Aldridge (Drums,Vocals)

Previous members[edit]

  • Loz Shaw (Fretless Bass, Vocals)
  • Tim Downes-Hall (Percussion)
  • Greg Wilson-Copp (Trumpet, Vocals)
  • Tim Tolhurst (Drums, Vocals)
  • Joe Ball (Bass)
  • Josh Balen (drums)
  • Mark Miletich (double bass)
  • Phil Hall (drums)


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