"Acoustic Familiarity With a
Classic Woodwind Twist"

Rusty Crowell: Guitar & Vocals
Jan Alba: Flute, Saxophone & Vocals

A husband and wife acoustic duo!  Their collaboration began in December 2000 when they were each recruited by a mutual friend to play in a Christmas Eve service. Following the event they agreed to explore how their divergent backgrounds would complement each other. Combined, Rusty’s experience with “music by ear” and Jan’s background as a classically trained flutist, they create a modern and innovative interpretation of many well known songs. They play a diverse assortment of styles including classical, originals, popular, and folk (to name a few). They are available for many venues including: Coffee Houses, Bars, Nursing Homes, House Concerts, Weddings & other special events. 
"They Bring Folk to Classical,
and Class to Folk"
Rusty and Jan are members of the Pennsport String Band. They are proud supporters of Barrington the Philadelphia Folksong Society, the Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance (PASA), and several other Philadelphia area organizations

"Don't be fooled by the easy-going campfire approach Rusty and Jan convey. They are serious, trained musicians that have paid dues in many a music venue. They give you that folk festival feeling, but in addition, they create an atmosphere that makes one believe that one is in a folk world of the past. You almost expect a young Peter, Paul and Mary to be in the wings taking notes."



What's New

Hear our interview!

On Sunday, May 10th, we were interviewed on Ray Naylor's internet music show:  The Performing Songwriter.  Click on link to the right. 
Hear us on the Radio!

On Sunday, January 05, 2014 we were interviewed by Frank Todd @ WPRB 103.3 FM.  Click the audio player to hear.  


Upcoming Shows

Featured Performers at HeadHouse Cafe Open Mic Hosted by Jeanette and Steve

HeadHouse Café
122 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA

Please come out and join us for a fun night of music! We will be one of the featured acts for this monthly open mic hosted by Jeanette and Steve. This will also be a birthday celebration for Jeanette!

Sign up is at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm. There's no cover charge, so please patronize The Headhouse Café. Enjoy Madame Saito's fantastic sushi, order from the menu with pub fare and/or from the plentiful choices of craft beers and other drinks.


Rusty's Retirement Roast or Toast

Malelani Café
6734 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

We will be having a gig to celebrate Rusty's recent retirement from the working world.  You are invited to speak of your "Rusty" experience in song or word. (Be gentle). So come if you feel you have something to say!  No cover. Come out and enjoy one of their reasonably priced high-quality, unique dishes. For info on the venue visit: www.malelani.com

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Tour

Sunday, May 17 @ 1:00 PM

Home of Tony DeSantis and Francine Grabowski
(contact us for address)


We will be playing a half hour set  of original music from 1:00 - 3:00.  Other wonderful musicians from the Philadelphia Songwriters Alliance (PASA) will also be performing as well. 

Performance of the Tri-County Symphonic Band

Sunday, May 17 @ 3:00 PM

Camden County College
200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012

Sunday is shaping up to be a busy day because, after we finish playing at the Collingswood House Tour, we will head over to Camden County College in Blackwood where Jan will play with the other members of the Symphonic band that she rehearses with every Wednesday. Hear a concert filled with audience favorites, including marches, virtuoso solos featuring members of the band, and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of "The Sound of Music".  Tickets Available at the Door: Adults $6, Children and Seniors $4. Free to C.C.C. students with valid I.D.


For a full list of our upcoming performances, visit our Performances tab

Open Mics We Are Hosting!

Malelani Café

Join us every Thursday @ 7:30 p.m. 
6735 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA   

Come out and play a few tunes (or read a few poems).  Malelani offers a very warm and welcoming atmosphere for the development of the arts in Mt. Airy.  Enjoy one of their reasonably priced high-quality, unique dishes. For info on the venue visit: www.malelani.com

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