The Cornelius Crane, a multi-instrumentalist alt-Americana band from East Manchester are mixing up the influences of the best of seventies Americana with the best of British prog & Mancunian folk traditions.

Frontman Steve Wilson has been a cornerstone of Manchester music for many years fronting cult Madchester band Bong, the experimental Plastic Gun Alliance and Smile Like Fools who were courted by Miles Copeland, before his later band, also called Wilson, signed a deal with Fiction.

As a producer, Wilson has worked on albums for ex Chameleons drummer & guitarist John Lever & Dave Fielding, seventies punk legends Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds, rising stars Mary Joanna & the Southern Electrikk and Audioweb frontman Sugar Merchant with his band SupaJamma.

The line up is completed by brothers Dan & Mark Adams formerly of Valve, Jonathan Jackson & Paul Higham who joined Steve Wilson in Plastic Gun Alliance and guitarist/vocalist Jonny Roberts.

Following well received performances on this summer festival circuit and the release of three EPs to a strong critical response, the band have attracted fans from across the UK and strong radio support.

Ahead of the release of their recently completed album, The Cornelius Crane return with a three track EP ‘Soul in the Lightening’

Steve Wilson – Guitars & lead Vocals
Mark Adams – Bass & backing Vocals
Dan Adams – Drums & backing Vocals
Jonathan Jackson – Organ
Jonny Roberts – Pedal Steel , Guitars, backing Vocals
Paul Higham – banjo


Previous Reviews for The Cornelius Crane
“All 4 tracks stand up, not one a filler and due to a fantastic/clear production together with those soaring choruses, superb musicianship and heartfelt homage to its US influences, this EP might be one of your favourite releases from any Manchester group this year.” Louder Than War

“The Cornelius Crane brought me back to that sweet mellow resonance of John, Paul, George and Ringo playing through “For No One.” For something that starts a little “eh?” it sure turns into something out of the ordinary. With a little exposure The Cornelius Crane has the potential to turn into the next big thing.” Vents Magazine

“Providing compelling examples of how rootsy old-fashioned song craft can be elevated by fluid musicianship & ambitious arrangements. All dovetailing vocal harmonies, bare-bones strings, luscious pedal steel and lyrics of keening realism. They bring to mind a more reigned in Mercury Rev / Band of Horses brand of cosmic country.” Metro