Steve Crawford & Spider MacKenzie

Steve Crawford’s song-writing has featured on numerous albums over the years including (with founding members of Old Blind Dogs) in the band Catford, and more recently with Ballad of Crows who won praise from legendary folk hero Mike Harding for making “really great music”.

Based in Germany in recent times, the Aberdonian also established himself on the folk scene there and won a Best Folk Album nomination in the prestigious German Critics’ Awards for his work with fiddler Sabrina Palm. He turns out with the popular Cajun band, Le Clou.

Steve and Spider have made a name for themselves in Europe where they now play larger venues, having made the important step up from the clubs circuit. They have completed two successful American tours.

Spider MacKenzie is widely regarded as one of the industry’s finest harmonica players and firmly established as the go-to session player for many other musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the States, he is highly regarded  as a top session player and has won praise from the very top, Christine Albert, an influential figure with the organisation that stages the Grammys, says: “It is rare to come across a harmonica player with such a genuine empathy for American music. He is an incredibly talented musician”.

Since releasing their first album ‘5am’ in 2008 to great reviews the duo have gigged extensively, completing their first US tour in 2018.

Their most recent album, Celticana, was recorded in Austin, Texas.

On its release in 2020, it won them a huge amount of radio exposure. Reviewers loved its strong melodies, lyrics and pace. AmericanaUK said they were “an act worth making an effort to see,” while Folk Radio UK found “echoes of The Beatles.”

BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal welcomed the “fresh and upbeat” tone of the collection, telling listeners it was “just what we need right now.” said they had delivered “a real treat” that was “as good a combination of vocal, guitar and harmonica as you’ll ever hear.”