Crowns

Crowns are a folk punk band from Launceston, Cornwall, formed in 2010.

The band consists of lead singer and guitarist Bill Jefferson, bass player Jake Butler, mandolinist Jack Speckleton and drummer Nathan Haynes.

Crowns formed in 2010 after moving from Cornwall to London.  Their sound is partly inspired by traditional Cornish songs with the band often closing their live shows with a version of Little Eyes.
In July 2010, the band were invited to play a festival at the now defunct North London venue The Flowerpot, curated by the Communion record label.  During their closing number the band were joined on stage by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons who joined the band on accordion.  The live recording of the track was included on the compilation album The Flowerpot Sessions, released by Communion/Island Records in June 2011.  At the end of 2010, Crowns were invited by Spider Stacy, tin whistle player in The Pogues to support the band at London's Brixton Academy during their annual Christmas tour.

In July 2011, Crowns played the Eden Project as part of the Eden Sessions gig series, opening the main stage before Mystery Jets and Brandon Flowers.  Their version of Bodmin Town, a traditional Cornish song, was included on 'Eden Project - The Album' and released in September 2011.

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