Joe Crookston defines himself as “an artist,
writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw
hammer banjo player, fiddler, eco-village
member, and believer in all things possible.”
Based in Ithaca, NY, he performs nationally
and internationally. His CD, Able Baker
Charlie & Dog received the most airplay of
any folk acoustic recording and was awarded
“Album of the Year” by the International
Folk Alliance in 2009.
Joe Crookston describes his approach:
“Mostly, what it comes down to is this: I
deeply care about magic and human potential
and creating music and art that inspires
and questions and gets you singing along.
Maybe you feel something you haven’t felt in
a while. I am reaching for the “long note”…
that place of transcendence where the audience
and performer resonate and unify.
Human stories and fun creative energy.”
“I stand on stage with my guitar, and
fiddle and sing songs about window washers,
bluebirds, ex-slaves, and the cycles of life. I
like listening to people’s stories and crafting
universal songs. In this world filled with bad
news and cynicism, I sing and paint for the
beauty that’s still left on this earth. Come
to a show. Join me? Sing. Dream.”
For more information, visit Joe’s website,
You’ll find Joe’s CDs, DVD, and Songbook (Vol. 1) in our Gallery at 129 Jay Street,
Schenectady, NY, and online.
This column appeared in Voices Vol. 41, Spring-Summer 2015. Voices is the membership magazine of the New York Folklore Society. To become a subscriber, join the New York Folklore Society today.
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