The Cranks, a Lawrence Academy band with roots in Groton and Dunstable has been selected to participate in a new TV show focusing on family bands. This Saturday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m., The Cranks will be filmed performing a selection of their songs at the Groton Grange on Champney Street. The show is a free concert and open to the public. Music will probably continue until 9:00 p.m., according to the twinsâ€™ father and band manager, Chris Gowland, who’s also a drummer and guitarist. Gowland said that some local guest musicians may also take the stage during the evening.
The Cranks are fronted by Dunstable twins Haley Gowland on guitar and vocals and Connor Gowland on drums. With bassist Alex Markoski, from Westford, they have been actively pursuing their music, which features many of Haleyâ€™s original songs, and performing in the area and at school events for about seven years. Both the Gowlands attended Swallow Union Elementary and the Groton-Dunstable Middle School before entering Lawrence Academy three years ago.
The taping â€œ… is the first season of a show that will be aired on a new NBC/Universal subchannel on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m., with The Cranks appearing on the February 10 show. The first season will profile three bands per show, 15 total from all over the U.S., playing everything from funk to pop; The Cranks are the only indie/alternative band involved. Theyâ€™ll take some of the bands forward to season 2, which will turn into more of an American Idol like competition that will air in the late spring or summer.â€
The band has played in Boston/Cambridge at the Hard Rock Cafe, The Middle East, All Asia, Harper’s Ferry; in Manchester/NH at Milly’s Tavern, JamFactory, Rockoâ€™s, Kingswood Performing Arts Center Wolfeboro, in Massacuhsetts at Sad Cafe, Danny’s Place, Natick Center for the Arts (TCAN); in NY/CT at Camplified Tour, Foxwoods Casino (Community Auditions Star of the Day), and at many festivals: Plymouth Indie Music Festival, Westford Pig’n Pepper, Providence Rock & Roll Marathon, Merrimack Rockin Ribfest, Kingston Days, Celebrate Burlington, Keene Music Festival, Acton Octoberfest, Nashua Applefest.