Press Release Sep 2021

NoCrows, A Multicultural Dynamic Folk Orchestra from Ireland

“Essential listening for trad aficionados” – Hot Press

NoCrows is a dynamic folk orchestra from the multicultural melting pot of Sligo’s music scene. Formed in 2005, NoCrows’ growing output of original material reflects its diverse musical roots, from Irish traditional to Latin rumba, classical, jazz, rock and Balkan music. Audiences have been astonished by the unequalled width of the band’s original repertoire, from delicate Irish airs to Russian Gypsy mayhem, from Catalan Jota to original songs in many styles with lush string arrangements. The musical mix reflects the folk traditions of the various members but also a lifetime of experience of the various players involved across many genres of music.

NoCrows rejoice in embarking on their first tour of Switzerland and Germany in two years, October/November 2021, this time with a very special guest, Martin Tourish. The accordionist and composer, renowned for his work with Altan and Riverdance to name but two, has become a regular collaborator with NoCrows in recent years since they met up at a festival in Catalunya a few years back. Martin brings even more depth to the band’s orchestral sound, and brings beautiful compositions such as the heartbreaking “Midnight in Siena”, which appeared on NoCrows’ latest release “Escape”, a live album which beautifully captures the eclecticism and spontaneity of NoCrows’ live performances.

Violinist Oleg Ponomarev, the only band member not resident in Sligo, has, for several years now challenged the heady mix that is NoCrows’ trad and folk repertoire with his Russian Gypsy and jazz influenced compositions, something the band members relish. Bassist Eddie Lee, who is well known in Sligo for his curation of Sligo Jazz Project’s annual Festival and Summer School, describes Oleg’s influence: “Oleg writes tunes that challenge and excite everyone, especially the lucky musicians such as us, who get to play them.” Each band member has contributed tunes to the NoCrows repertoire and many new tunes will feature in the upcoming concerts and tour.

In 2019 NoCrows were given the Ravensburg Kupferle Award as “Band of the Year” by the renowned German arts venue and organisation Zehntscheuer.

NoCrows have a history of musical collaborations over the years. Their third album, ‘On the Moon’, had more than twenty guests including Sharon Shannon, jazz drummer David Lyttle, Greek Oud player Haig Yazdjan and French singer Cali. They have toured around the world, confirming their exhilarating live reputation far beyond Ireland’s borders. Audiences in Spain, Belgium and Switzerland as well as UK and Ireland have been enthralled with the sheer energy of the band when performing live, and with this in mind, NoCrows released a new live album in winter 2019. ‘Escape’ is a combination of fan favourites and new tunes, including collaborations with Lisa Lambe and Martin Tourish, the newest members of the NoCrows-collaborations-club.

Line Up for Switzerland and Germany 2021:

Oleg Ponomarev, violin, vocal

Martin Tourish: accordion

Ray Coen: guitar, fiddle, vocal

Anna Houston: cello, mandolin, vocal

Felip Carbonell: guitar, vocal

Eddie Lee: bass, vocal


Switzerland and Germany 2021:

DO 28. Okt. 20h: Zehntscheuer Ravensburg D Grüner-Turm-Str. 30, D-88212 Ravensburg

FR 29. Okt. 20.30h: Sternenkeller Rüti ZH Ferrachstrasse 72, 8630 Rüti, 055 240 45 51

SA 30. Okt. 20h: Atelier Hinterrüti Horgen Hinterrütistr. 16, 8810 Horgen, 078 717 60 48

SO 31. Okt. 19h: Schloss Laupen
Rittersaal, Schloss, 3177 Laupen,

MO 01. Nov. 20h: La Cappella Bern Allmendstr. 24, 3014 Bern

FR 05. Nov. 20.15h: Kellerbistro Huttwil Soneggstr. 60, 4950 Huttwil, 062 962 05 13

SA 06. Nov. 20.30h: Alti Moschti Mühlethurnen Moosstr. 1, 3127 Mühlethurnen

Click here to listen to a COMPILATION of the new album.

 Click here to watch MIDNIGHT IN SIENA (WITH MARTIN TOURISH) on YouTube

 Click here to watch Dancing in the Kitchen video


At the Strand – Live (2006)
Magpie (2008)
NoCrows on the Moon (2010)
Waiting for the Tide (2014)
Why Us? (2016)
Escape (2019)


Press Quotes
“…could easily sit alongside Ry Cooder’s work with the Buena Vista Social Club…. Essential listening for trad aficionados”
Hot Press Magazine“Swing rarely felt this good”
Irish Times“..oh, what a joy to listen to!”
Irish Music Magazine
“A beautifully wrought selection of instrumental music”
Irish Times“…an irresistibly sparkling collection”
Hot Press Magazine
Contact Details

Bookings/Tour Management: Liessa De Decker,, +32406700286

Press: Eddie Lee,, +353879249282

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