Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent album, Miss Rocket (1997)
Gutsy rock singers like PJ Harvey, early Sinéad O'Connor, Liz Phair, Dalbello, Kerri Simpson, Margot Smith. (Neile)
Own, occasional covers
Her music company is called "Crystal Growl," which to me describes her music and voice very well. Powerful stuff and highly recommended. If you like Sinéad O'Connor's early tougher The Lion and The Cobra-era stuff—meaning, if you like really strong, emotional powerhouse singing—you will like Sara Craig. She is very dramatic, which might put someone off. She does really interesting things with her voice and with her music, so I love her. Miss Rocket is poppier and smoother than the first two. From Toronto. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
When I first saw Sara live she was absolutely stunning. What an incredible voice, what an incredible performer. She displayed a lot of ease on stage, her gestures were sweeping and hypnotic but natural; they did not at all seem contrived. I was also impressed by her band. The bassist played a 6-string bass for many numbers which I don't recall ever seeing before. And the guitarist...the dexterity of his fingers, the power, the confidence...fantastic! A big *thanks* to all those who recommended her, and having seen her, I can heartily pass the recommendation on. Each time I've seen her she was a mesmerizing (and strange) performer. The last time I saw her I was a bit disappointed as she seems to have toned down her live act somewhat and she's not nearly as wonderfully bizarre onstage as she was a few years ago! Her voice is as good as ever though. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Sweet Exhaust is my favourite, though if your tastes lean more toward pop I'd recommend Miss Rocket first. (Neile)
1991—Sara Craig, P.O. Box 722 Station Q, Toronto, ON, CANADA M4T 2N5—MMSEP 241
Can be located in Canada
Highly recommended for lovers of strong songwriting and vocals. (Neile)
Sara Craig—vocals, kazoo
Gary Orme—drums, percussion, keyboards
Andrew St. George
A wonderful intro to her work. Five powerful songs, dynamically performed. She has a strong voice, and reminds me most of PJ Harvey but her music isn't as rough. She's as gutsy, though. (Neile)
1994—Attic Records, 102 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M6K 1X8—ACD 1410
Wide in Canada, can occasionally be found in the U.S.
Highly, highly recommended for those who love powerful, dynamic, gutsy songs and performances. (Neile)
Sara Craig—vocals, whirly, Ken's herb loop, talk box cavity
Gary Orme—piano, drums, tongue drum, keyboard, percussion, organ, loops
This is one kicker of an album. It's in your face, alive and yowling. Sara Craig's voice and gut-level songwriting are really strong and her persona here reminds me of PJ Harvey and Liz Phair, though she's much more melodic than either of these. She takes risks, has musical influences from all over, and is herself in a major way. (Neile)
1997—Attic Records, 102 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M6K 1X8—ACD 1467; TWA Records, Australia, TWAD 430
Canada and Australia
Chris Tsangarides—guitars, bass
I wasn't expecting this album to be as, well, normal as it is. I like it quite a bit, but it doesn't sound distinctively like a Sara Craig album. Oh well. (email@example.com)
Her version of "This Flight Tonight" appears on Back to the Garden: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell. A different version of the song "Sparks Fly" from Sweet Exhaust appears on the 1993 CFNY radio sampler.
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