Sparrow and the Workshop

Formed January 2008.

Glasgow based trio

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Sparrow and the Workshop - Crystals

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Sparrow and the Workshop are a British three-piece based in Glasgow, consisting of the Belfast-born, Chicago-raised Jill O’Sullivan (vocals, acoustic guitar), Welshman Nick Packer (guitar, bass) and Scotsman Gregor Donaldson (drums, vocals). The band's debut album Crystals Fall was released by Distiller Records in 2010 to critical acclaim, with the likes of Drowned in Sound and Clash Magazine awarding the album 9/10. The band is notable for their use of harmonies and bastardized instruments/FX pedals and they have been compared to bands as varied as Jefferson Airplane, Talking Heads and Black Sabbath.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Spitting Daggers

    Spitting Daggers 2011

    Reviewed by Rob Hughes
    Second outing from Glaswegian threesome ramps up the volume.
  2. Review of Crystals Fall

    Crystals Fall 2010

    Reviewed by Rob Hughes
    Dashing shanty-folk with a keen edge from transatlantic trio.
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