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Crowns' jewels are back

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: March 17, 2011

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CROWNS from Launceston are returning to Cornwall as part of the new folk rocking royalty.

Bill Jefferson, Jake Butler, Jack Speckleton and Nathan Haynes, all 21, have recently shared stages with Damien Rice, Mumford & Sons, Babyshambles, Angus & Julia Stone, Big Country and, notably, The Pogues at Brixton Academy last year.

It was The Pogues' tin whistle player Spider Stacey who personally invited the band to play alongside Shane MacGowan and co on their final UK tour.

Crowns' music is hard to pigeonhole. Folk: yes. Rock'n'roll: yes. Boundless energy: oh, yes. Beards: um, no. Run-of-the-mill: Definitely not.

Following their debut tour in November 2010, Crowns make a triumphant return to the South West this month.

As well as revisiting The Taphouse in St Agnes and The Koola in Newquay, Crowns will perform at the launch of the Communion / B-Side night at Bunters in Truro.

Communion has been the nursing ground for the current golden generation of UK folk musicians including Laura Marling, Marcus Foster, Pete Roe and Noah & The Whale. Crowns feature on the forthcoming Communion Records compilation which will be released by Island Records on May 2.

Their live, newly arranged version of traditional Cornish tune Little Eyes, features Ben Lovett from Mumford & Sons on accordion and vocals.

Monday sees the boys cross the border to return to the Livewire Youth Music Project in Saltash, where they used to rehearse and record while in college. But this isn't your last chance to catch Crowns in their homeland, as they will be back again this summer for some one-off gigs and festivals including a unique show at Bodmin Jail on July 2. Singer Bill Jefferson told What's On: "Leaving Cornwall was essential for the band to grow. It sounds strange, but we had to leave so other people could hear this generally lost music.

"We've met some good people so far and had some great opportunities – like supporting The Pogues, for example – but it's always good to come home."

You can see Crowns tomorrow at The Koola, Newquay, Saturday at Jericho's, Launceston, Sunday at Copperhouse Inn, Hayle, Monday at Livewire, Saltash, Wednesday at Refectory Bar, Plymouth, Thursday 24 at Taphouse, St Agnes, Friday 25 at Bunters, Truro, Saturday 26 at Bar 35, Bude, and Sunday 27 at Gylly Beach Café, Falmouth.

See crownsband.co.uk for more.

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