Folk duo ‘Crow Call’ to play the Trumpet Blossom

Crow Call w/ Breffis

Trumpet Blossom Cafe — Friday, August 1 at 8 p.m.

Minneapolis-based dark-folk act Crow Call will be rolling into town this Friday for a show at the Trumpet Blossom Cafe. Iowa City’s Breffis (featuring Nora Petran, one of the city’s most talented singers) will be playing their first ever show as well, so make sure to come out and support a new local music project.

Crow Call is the musical collaboration between Ellie Bryan and Peter Ruddy, and functions as a continuation of Bryan’s solo folk career.

Bryan, who sings and plays banjo in the band, released her first album in 2012, titled Am I Born to Die — a record full of traditional folk songs with extremely sparse instrumentals. She is also a visual and ceramics artist, having built some of the instruments used on the record. With the Crow Call project, Ruddy contributes a twelve-string guitar that helps deepen Bryan’s banjo, adding a dark, somewhat metal-inspired sound to the duo’s otherwise traditional sound.

Their first self-titled album was released in May and funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Although it still features mostly traditional folk songs, there are a handful of excellent original songs that work to blend the idea of modern and traditional folk music.

Crow Call’s gentle, yet intense, sound should fit perfectly in Trumpet Blossom’s intimate space. The show begins at 8 p.m. and will be open to all ages, just as long as you’ve got $5.