Tim Crabtree’s haunting voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort. The relocated-Brit began the project following a move to Canada’s East Coast and soon caught the attention of his adoptive home, recording the highly-acclaimed self-titled debut with Michael Feuerstack (Snailhouse, Bell Orchestre, the Luyas) producing and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara mixing.  The album, released on Forward Music in Canada and Ferryhouse in Germany, Austria, Switzerland found its way onto BBC and CBC airwaves and the cover CD of Rolling Stone Magazine in Germany.

PBS has toured Canada and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters), Owen PallettTanya Tagaq, Great Lake Swimmers and Dan Mangan.  An onstage collaboration with Clogs (regular collaborators and members of the National and My Brightest Diamond) was released as a limited-edition 7″ for International Record Store Day 2013.  The new album “Go On”, set into motion with engineer Dean Nelson (Beck, Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes), was released in 2015 (Canada, Central Europe) to great acclaim, and will see a February 2016 release in the UK.

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“Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful” – ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Crabtree’s voice yearns… Soon you’ll be drawn deep inside these enormously powerful layers of sound” – ★★★★ – Rolling Stone Magazine, Germany

“Rather splendid” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6

“Go On is a demonstration of Crabtree’s unique ability to use classical and electronic elements to blur the lines of folk music and leave you breathless.” – Exclaim!

“textured, beautiful, nearly magical…a confident, stunning collection.” CBC Music

“Go On is a stunning achievement” – NOW Toronto

“This isn’t merely indie folk music: Paper Beat Scissors is a genuine work of effortless art.” – Pop Matters

“Crabtree’s more than one to watch, he’s one to listen to, now.” – Americana UK

“…potent enough for an otherworld experience.” – CBC

“…a beautiful work of art. If this doesn’t make it on the 2012 Polaris Prize Nominee list, there’s something wrong with that jury.” – Stage Door

“…you’ll be stirred for life.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)

“Tim Crabtree is incantatory on his self-titled debut album…” – NOW Magazine

“…masterfully realized…” – The Coast

“It won’t be long before he has a large and devoted following. Get in on the ground floor now.” – Babysue (USA)

“I wish I could say more about this album’s genius, but I am truly at a loss for words.” – Unknown Trombone

“…a stunning debut album…” – Fulcrum

“…simply blown away.” – Grayowl Point

“A captivating sound…wonderful is not enough.” – Soundvat

“…a unique and glorious folk experience.” – Spill Magazine

“…powerful and uplifting…” – Nexus

“Beautiful” – Laurie Brown, The Signal, CBC Radio 2

“Tim Crabtree has such a unique sound that it’s hard to put his ambient, folk melodies into word. Cinematic in scope, [it] builds dynamic results with the most subtle, gentle touch. Each time I see Tim… on stage… I leave speechless” – Herohill.com

“a haunting sound” – The Chronicle Herald, Halifax

“The songs simultaneously shimmer and float” – Kieler-Nachrichten, Kiel, Germany




Feb 7 – Bilbao, ES: Coppola
Feb 10 – Aveiro, PT: Casa de Pantopeia (Travessa do Rossio, 3, 3800-247) // FB
Feb 11 – Lisbon, PT: Lusitano Club (Rua dos Prazeres 52, 1200-355) // FB
Feb 12 – Porto, PT: O Meu Mercedes (Rua da Lada 30, 4050-328) // FB
Feb 13 – Vila Real, PT: Club de Vila Real
Feb 15 – Évora, PT: Oficina, Rua de Moeda
Feb 17 – Jerez, ES: La Libreria, Calle Zaragoza 2
Feb 18 – Seville, ES:  Ánima Galería-Taberna
Feb 19 – Madrid, ES:  Wharf 73 (c/Colón, 12)
Feb 24 – Sheffield, UK: Cafe #9, 9 Nether Edge Rd
Feb 25 – Durham, UK: Empty Shop HQ // FB
Feb 26 – Newcastle, UK: The Butterfly Cabinet
Feb 28 – Nottingham, UK Jam Cafe
Feb 29 – Leeds, UK Gaslight Club at OportoBar, 33 Call Lane // FB
Mar 1 – London, UK: Aces & Eights, 156-158 Fortess Rd, NW5 2HP // FB
Mar 3 – Bristol, UK: The Grain Barge // FB
Mar 4 – Birmingham, UK: Café Ort // tickets
Mar 5 – Bury, UK: The Metropolitan Theatre // tickets