Dominic Crane


makes intelligent, well crafted, sophisticated grown up pop balladry that’s
designed to last longer than this week’s fad and to sound just as intoxicating
and emotionally poignant in ten years’ time as it did when you first heard it.”
– Brum Beat

Singer. Songwriter. Band member. The
Dominic Crane is a triple threat who’s been honing
his craft for years. His influences include such melody and lyric driven
masters as The Beatles, Squeeze, Burt Bacharach, Rodgers and Hammerstein and
Paul Simon. After sending a demo to Squeeze’s Chris Difford, Dominic was
invited to spend a week with Difford at his exclusive writer’s retreat.

Actually, Dominic Crane got discovered
years earlier . . . his father was a professional reperatory singer who
premiered shows in the U.K., including Annie Get Your Gun. The musical
talent didn’t fall far from the tree: when
Dominic Crane was
14, he was scouted by Mike Hurst, Cat Steven’s manager and producer. However,
early stardom was not meant to be. Dominic’s dad let his own personal history
with the music business cloud his judgment and prevented Dominic from creating
a demo with Hurst.

Nothing could keep Dominic Crane’s
spirit down. In the early 80’s – when British post punk/New Wave/Pop-Rock was
at its hottest – he formed The Boaty Man, a melodic, guitar-based band. The
Boaty Man put out a demo produced by Stephen Duffy (of Lilac Time, early Duran
Duran and Robbie Williams fame) and The Beat’s Ranking Roger, eventually
leading to a publishing deal with Virgin. Other band projects, most notably
Rumblefish (East West) and Low Art Thrill (Island) led to UK and US record
sales and radio airplay, including college radio stations in the U.S.

He’s currently working on solo material for a forthcoming
album with producer Gavin Monaghan ( Robert Plant, Paulo Nutini, Elvis
Costello, OCS, Nizlopi ).

 Press and Artist Quotes 

"Glorious … Magnificent”-Janice Long -BBC Radio

"Really lovely songs” –Boo Hewerdine

" Wow!, what great songs, I was playing along at the side of the stage... a real treat to have him opening for me, my audiencereallyloved it too” – Sharon Corr 

"American Tan’ – wow! Such a beautiful song. It would be lovely to have more people hear his fantastic songs. Always room for good music in the world”-NellBryden

"Excelent song writing with echoes of Neil Finn and Lennon. Downbeat grown-up pop songs with knowingly wry lyrics” 

- Steve Balsamo 

"He makes intelligent, well crafted, sophisticated grown up pop balladry that’s designed to last longer than this week’s fad and to sound just as intoxicating and emotionally poignant in ten year’s time as it did when you first heard it.” 

Mike Davies-Brum Beat / Roots and Branches

"Dominic Crane is a true original,with wonderfully crafted musicand powerful eloquent lyricism. 

A fine and deep talent. Cherish him”

Robin Valk –Brum Radio

"compositions that are so beautifully layered and delivered. He has an intoxicating vulnerability to his voice" ... " he has an intangibleaesthetic that he inherently understands that allows for keeping company with the likes of Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens." Agency for Film and Television Licensing)

"Without doubt one of the best singer/songwriters I have had the pleasure of seeing and listening toin the last couple of years”

Pete Birks –Promoter -‘The Pokey Hole’( The UK’s longest running provincial live music venue)

"Dominic Crane is the new Chris Difford” -Mike Davies-Brum Beat / Roots and Branches

"It speaks volumes about Dominic Crane’s performance at The Yardbird on this particular date that I can recall several song titles off the top of my head three weeks later and that they each remain distinctively memorable tunes ......” 

"Perhaps it is not the musical proposition alone that carries an immediate mind-bending uniqueness, but the combination of Crane’s own lived-in voice, the heartfelt – sentimental but never clichéd - lyrics and the sheer soul that carries through the band’s performance ......” 

"The final verdict, all evidence withstanding, is that listening to Dominic Crane is more than a little like being a character in a mid 90-s noir-pastiche film, a-la L.A Confidential or Body Heat; the style is kind of timeless but the honesty is compellingly modern and you’re left feeling distinctively cool and yet slightly unnerved at the unexpected intimacy of it all.” 

Kitty Downing – ( Freelance Music Journalist )