Dejah and Louis Leger

Dejah with her father-in-law Louis Leger

Seattle, Washington - Dejah creates the gorgeous paper cut scrolls and Louis is the crankist! They are in the family band La Famille Leger, bringing Acadian and French Canadian tunes and lore to the Northwest.

Matt Muirhead

This is Matt performing his 2018 "cat crankie" at the 4th Annual Baltimore Crankie Fest. Photo by Matt Kelley.

From Balimore, MD, Matt Muirhead is a painter, musician and pioneering crankie technician! He uses a form of  silk screening to create the images on the scroll. He adds music by using mbira and other instruments (some connected to the crank). In this video he has also added a  foot-operated puppet (shown in the photo) to create a kind of "one man band" kind of crankie performance. To watch a video of this crankie, click here.

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Pamela Wyn Shannon

Pamela Wyn Shannon

Pamela Wyn Shannon is a gifted singer, guitarist and artist from Wales.  Read about her crankies here.  Watch one of her crankies "Caravan Crankie Lullaby" here. Enjoy!

Brendan Taaffe

Brendan Taafe

Brattleboro, VT Singer, instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mbira), crankie-maker! He has coordinated several crankie festivals in Vermont.  Watch one of his crankies All I Ask is a Tall Ship.   Check out his website!


Blair Thomas

Blair Thomas founded the national and international touring puppet theater company Blair Thomas & Co.  in 2002. Based in Chicago, IL, they have twice received the international UNIMA awards for excellence in the art of puppetry. Watch "The Blackbird" crankie in the "MOVING BACKDROPS" page.