TODAY: Latest update: 15 November 2022
This site has not been updated for almost 2 years! Hopefully that will be remedied in the next few months to account for green shoots of live music recovery locally. A few points of interest are (1) Crabshell Free Concerts. As yet these have not been re-instated but there are good jazz evenings. Some acts are on the "folk" spectrum such a recent jug band. (2) Crabshell Records is now in the capable hands of John Connor and the Shamstrad pages dedicated to the label will be updated to reflect this soon. (3) Norman Hore has been hosting a well received folk night in the Regal Social Club Kingsbridge on one or two Fridays a month. It is hoped to update this site with details in due course. In the meantime, there are several video clips to browse in the video gallery to remind you of what went on at the Crabshell pre-covid!
February's Free Concert 27 February 2020
There is no doubt that worries about covid-19 meant that the concert was not packed but we had a great evening and the entertainment was brilliant. Click on the thumbnails below to hear a short clip from each of the performers
January's free concert
A capacity audience was royally entertained at January’s Crabshell concert. Talented local musicians put on stunning performances. It all started with singer/songwriter James Montague. He rose to the challenge of introducing us to his own original, self-penned songs. These are provoking and based on personal experiences. One centred around his observation that “ethical eating is an aspiration but in practice is impossible to accomplish”. Then Jon Hardy with Jerry, Rich and Dan, collectively “Dust Devils”, burst onto the stage. With solid vocals, guitars, mandolin, beat box and great banjo picking, we were treated to a variety of traditional Americana and contemporary covers in a breath-taking non-stop set. After the interval Banned from the Moor, in a departure from their regular Ceilidh work, did us a concert set. It may be fair to say that for most, one violin is normally enough, but in the case of Banned, fiddlers Jayne and Rhona are a treat to listen to. They are lively and the way they complement each other’s playing is magnificent. They were powerfully driven by the backing of Clive, Mel and Steve on bass, guitar and drums. Their set concluded a great evening.

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