Crooked Oak is one of the very few folk bands who imbued their songs with mystery, power and grandeur. The combination of Steve EvansĘ sonorous voice and haunting Irish pipes convert the songs into a beautiful mystical experience. It might compare to the stunning °Wild and BeautifulĘ by Silly Wizard, with that same captivating majesty of form. Very rare, the late great record dealer and collector Walter Geertsen, one of the founding dealers who helped shape the progressive rock market, considered this LP (from 1976) as one of his personal favourites, alongside COB "Moyshe Mc Stiff" and John St Field “Control." Very different LPs, but all with moments of aching, dark melancholia. So to describe Crooked Oak as °acid folkĘ would be misleading, instead it is a deep, profound and beautiful work of art, lifted by superb vocals and wrapped in a sense of mystery.
The band channel the music, tradition, heritage, and the magic that still courses through Sainted AlbionĘs blood soaked lands. In that sense it sits alongside Spriguns of Tolgus and Stone Angel as one of the most beautiful folk albums of all time. Steve Evans, the main force, died after living in Africa a few years ago. Issued with permission of Steve Evans widow. Quite traditional folk, but magically so.