Live: Paper Beat Scissors w/ Stefan Melbourne + The Bear Around Your Neck

Fallow by arrangement with The Local presents…


with support from Stefan Melbourne + The Bear Around Your Neck

Musical monstrosity deposited in Halifax, Nova Scotia after the first 23 years in Burnley, England.

Tim Crabtree’s haunting voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort. The relocated-Brit began the project following a move to Canada’s East Coast and soon caught the attention of his adoptive home, recording the highly-acclaimed self-titled debut with Michael Feuerstack (Snailhouse, Bell Orchestre, the Luyas) producing and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara mixing.  The album, released on Forward Music in Canada and Ferryhouse in Germany, Austria, Switzerland found its way onto BBCand CBC airwaves as well as best-of the year lists in Canada, Europe and as far afield as Mexico and Japan.

Paper Beat Scissors was billed as a ‘must-see’ act of the summer by the CBC in 2012.  PBS has toured Canada and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters) and Dan Mangan.  An onstage collaboration with Clogs (regular collaborators and members of the National andMy Brightest Diamond) was released as a limited-edition 7″ for International Record Store Day 2013.  Tim is presently working with engineer Dean Nelson (Beck, Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes) on a new album set for release in 2014.


Instrumentally, the palettes shift from hypnotic loops through full brass arrangements and screaming lap steel to stripped-back acoustic guitar and layered vocals.  The album is filled with the finest hands and voices the Canadian music community has to offer including Pietro Amato (the Luyas), Sebastian Chow (Islands), Rose Cousins and Tanya Davis.

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“Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful” – ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“This isn’t merely indie folk music: Paper Beat Scissors is a genuine work of effortless art.” – Pop Matters (USA)

“Crabtree’s more than one to watch, he’s one to listen to, now.” – Americana UK

“…potent enough for an otherworld experience.” – CBC

“…a beautiful work of art. If this doesn’t make it on the 2012 Polaris Prize Nominee list, there’s something wrong with that jury.” – Stage Door

“…you’ll be stirred for life.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)

“Tim Crabtree is incantatory on his self-titled debut album…” – NOW Magazine

“…impressive…” – Exclaim!

“…masterfully realized…” – The Coast

“It won’t be long before he has a large and devoted following. Get in on the ground floor now.” – Babysue (USA)

“I wish I could say more about this album’s genius, but I am truly at a loss for words.” – Unknown Trombone

“…a stunning debut album…” – Fulcrum

“…simply blown away.” – Grayowl Point

“A captivating sound…wonderful is not enough.” – Soundvat

“…a unique and glorious folk experience.” – Spill Magazine

“…powerful and uplifting…” – Nexus

Nice words for Flicker and the live show…

“Beautiful” – Laurie Brown, The Signal, CBC Radio 2

“Tim Crabtree has such a unique sound that it’s hard to put his ambient, folk melodies into word. Cinematic in scope, [it] builds dynamic results with the most subtle, gentle touch. Each time I see Tim… on stage… I leave speechless” –

“a haunting sound” – The Chronicle Herald, Halifax

“The songs simultaneously shimmer and float” – Kieler-Nachrichten, Kiel, Germany