Salford’s Eagle Inn welcomed alternative folk band Crake on Saturday night as part of their first headline tour.

The Leeds quartet returned to Manchester with grunge-pop band Goldbaby in support, having toured Europe supporting Big Thief last summer.

For Rob Slater and Sarah Statham, two members of Crake, this was a welcome return to the Salford venue.

Rob, speaking after the soundcheck, said: “Sarah and I have played here before in different bands. I really love this place.

“I just had that feeling when you know you’ve hit a good one, it just feels right and nice. It felt cosy up there.”

Sarah is also originally from Manchester and enjoys playing in the area as it feels like a slice of home.

Interview with Crake – Copyright Ellie Boyle


The Eagle Inn is a real change for Crake after supporting Big Thief in venues like the O2 Ritz.

Rob said: “I think that our experience of what touring is, is kind of unrealistic because the tour we did in summer was with Big Thief and they’re our favourite band. That was like the first tour we’ve ever done and we kept saying don’t get used to this because it’s never going to be this good again. These headline shows though have been cool because I feel we are figuring out what kind of a band we are.”


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On the night, the band had made the venue theirs with decorations around the stage to add to their autumnal theme as a band.

They opened with the smooth Amy and Ty, easing the audience into their setlist with a chilled vibe.

New song, Enough Salt For All Dogs followed with vocalist and guitarist, Rowan Sandle, using a distortion pedal.

She said: “I never usually have any pedals apart from my tuner but I have a little distortion solo in the new and I think at the moment that’s the one I look forward to playing because I get to rock out.”

This song live showed a more vibrant side to the band as well as when playing older track Millipede, perhaps their most upbeat track.

The intimate setting and between-song chat created a real relationship between the artists and the audience.

The band played instruments including drums, guitar, bass, keyboard as well as a trumpet. This gave the band a unique edge as well as being artistic.

This music was a real contrast to the support act, GoldBaby. This grunge-pop band had a harder edge and showed a variation of music styles throughout the evening.

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One Comment

  1. The Eagle is a First Class music venue .
    A place run by musicians .

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