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The Crawdads

Originally formed in Heywood, North Manchester in the early 80’s as a Trio, with an original line up of: Steve Dawson – Vocals / Double Bass, Dean Kennedy – Guitar and John (surname escapes me, now lives in Australia) on Drums. The Crawdads were a hep young rockin’ trio, totally influenced by 50’s US rockabilly, rather than the UK Teddy Boy scene. There have been many line up changes over the years including the departure and return at various points of all the original members and the arrival and departure of (amongst others) Paul Murphy (guitar) and Phil Morris (double bass) (both ex-White Lightnin’ and ex -The Rythmaires). The band are still gigging and recording and the current line up is: Dean Kennedy – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Paul Murphy – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mark Ellerton: Double Bass, Backing Vocals, Paul O’Donnell: Drums, Backing Vocals. This line-up released a CD in 2006 on Raucous Records entitled…. “Released” – available from