“At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted! I LOVE That!” - David Francey
Crookston's first label album, Fall Down as the Rain, was selected by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of 2004's top 12 self-produced independent recordings, and was featured on National Public Radio's All Songs Considered, The Midnight Special and Folkscene. Crookston was a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong contest. Then in February 2009, his second CD, Able Baker Charlie & Dog was given the "Album of the Year" award by the International Folk Alliance.
Songwriter, singer, guitarist, painter, fiddler, banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. The magic and musical world he creates will pull you in. You’ll end up in the moment, buzzing with the rest of the crowd. He’ll sing to you. You’ll sing with him. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archeologist. His story songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.
Joe Crookston is a master storyteller & he is seeking the creative edge. His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, fiddle looping, weeping willows, slide guitar bending, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth.
Joe lives in Ithaca NY, and tours regularly in the US, Ireland and Canada.