Kindred Crow is a Pagan Folk project featuring Irene Glasse (Cassandra Syndrome, Imbolc Fire, Revel Moon), Chris Kackley (Cassandra Syndrome, Imbolc Fire), percussionist Rachel Elizabeth, didgeridoo player Jake Hackney, vocalist and instrumentalist TJ Roch, and late band member singer songwriter Kat Gray (Kat Savery, Twelve Days Dry). Kindred Crow is an acoustic journey through mystery, magic, myth, and mirth: a little bit Celtic, a little bit Tribal, and a ton of fun. Like their namesake, the Crows offer a musical mix that strikes a balance of compelling beauty, resonant storytelling, and more than a little bit of mischief.
In late November, 2016, a mystic, a heathen, a hedge witch, a shaman and a seeker got together to weave the threads of music and magick, and Kindred Crow was born. The band played their very first show on March 26th, 2017.
In May of 2018, vocalist/guitarist/flutist/percussionist Kat Gray was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma Brain Cancer. Kat began to fight for her life - brain surgery, chemo and radiation took up a large part of spring and summer of 2018. In response to Kat's wishes, the band entered the studio to begin work on a full-length album (as yet untitled) of Kindred Crow's music in May. That album will be released soon.
In July of 2018, vocalist/guitarist/percussionist Brandon Clark joined Kindred Crow to help cover areas of performance that Kat was no longer able to manage.
Kindred Crow's debut EP, 'The Mugwort Incident,' was released Thursday, August 16th, 2018. 'The Mugwort Incident' was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Andy Wallace and Stephen Pompa at Holly Pines Studio in Leitersburg, MD.
Kat Gray's final performance with Kindred Crow was on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. She joined the Ancestors on December 7th, 2018.
Kindred Crow released the music video for "Uneven Ground," a song off the album of the same name, on December 17th, 2018.
In February of 2019, vocalist/percussionist Ikenna Grace joined Kindred Crow. Their debut performance with the band was February 23rd, 2019.
Kindred Crow’s first full-length album, 'Uneven Ground,' was released on Friday, April 12th, 2019. The album includes 13 tracks - 11 tracks featuring the full band and 2 remastered archival recordings by Katherine Gray. 'Uneven Ground' was recorded at CC Studio, mixed by James Lindenschmidt of Crafted Recordings and mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering. The album art is by Steven Warrick.
Brandon Clark withdrew from membership as a performer in Kindred Crow in June of 2019. He can still frequently be seen running the sound system at performances.
Ikenna Grace withdrew from membership in Kindred Crow in July of 2019.
Vocalist and instrumentalist TJ Roch joined Kindred Crow in August of 2019.
Vocals, Pennywhistle, Percussion
Irene is a classically trained spinto soprano of the bel canto tradition. Gifted with a “soaring and powerful voice, delivering the goods on all levels across her range,” Irene delivers intense, high-energy performances with staying power. Along with Kindred Crow, Irene’s vocals can be heard in the music of Cassandra Syndrome, Imbolc Fire and Revel Moon. She brings her “significant vocal and visual charm” to every aspect of performance, offering resplendent soprano vocals “that are perfectly done, but are not overdone.”
Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion
Chris Kackley started playing guitar at 11 years old after seeing a Stevie Ray Vaughn performance on "Austin City Limits". Originally a fan of blues and blues-based rock, Chris soon found his way to metal through bands such as Metallica and Megadeth while also keeping an ear on the European Pagan Folk scene. His main rock and metal influences are Stevie Ray Vaughn, Slash, Zakk Wylde, and James Hetfield. These influences served him well throughout his run with Cassandra Syndrome. Now, with Kindred Crow, he is able to showcase an entirely different style. Influences such as Lindsey Buckingham, Omnia, Faun, and Wardruna shine through into the music of Kindred Crow. Other than guitar and mandolin, Chris plays bass, bouzouki, various hand drums, and enough keys to get himself in trouble. His work can be heard in Cassandra Syndrome, Imbolc Fire and his solo recordings, which are available online.
"A cluster of cells, elementals and microbes around a central, spiritual core." Likes to hit things.
Didgeridoo, Vocals, Flute
A true master of fart sounds, Jake has spent years perfecting the art of making unacceptable behavior into music.
Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
TJ is a longtime singer songwriter and musician. He enjoys constructing harmonies and layered vocals and singing responses, counterpoints and rounds. TJ loves to experiment with different kinds of music and musical expressions. He plays guitar, percussion and COW BELL! TJ is currently learning the Native American flute and bowed psaltry.
Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Percussion
Kat was a member of Kindred Crow from the band's inception in November of 2016 until her death from brain cancer in 2018. She remains a band member of the spiritual/energetic kind.
Katherine Gray is a singer-songwriter who has been writing and playing music since she was old enough to sit on a piano bench. Having graduated from songs about summer vacation to more esoteric and wide-ranging subjects, she tends to add an element of the fantastical to her creative pursuits. She is also a jack-of-all-musical trades, bringing her talents to bear in vocals, guitar, flute, piano, and other instruments. Kat has been a part of several different musical projects, both as a solo performer and with groups including the band Twelve Days Dry. Her music is accessible without being common, her lyrics complex but intuitive. She provides a warm counterpoint in Kindred Crow’s vocals, filling out the lower register with grace and a strong alto voice.