Paper Beat Scissors


Paper Beat Scissors is the expanding and contracting experimental folk project of relocated-Brit Tim Crabtree. His unique, haunting voice, dynamic live shows and fusion of classical and electronic elements have been heralded on both sides of the Atlantic.  Performing solo, or as a group, Paper Beat Scissors has involved live and recorded contributions from inspiring musicians on the experimental indie and classical spectrum including members of Bell Orchestre, the Luyas, My Brightest Diamond, Clogs and Bing & Ruth.
2015 saw the release of the sophomore album Go On in Canada and Europe which received rapturous reviews and mainstream appreciation from the BBC and Rolling Stone Germany amongst others.  International tours have seen Paper Beat Scissors share the stage with the likes of Sun Kil Moon, Tanya Tagaq and Great Lake Swimmers.  Increasingly composing for film, Crabtree was commissioned in 2015 to orchestrate Paper Beat Scissors music for chamber ensemble (Ritornello, Sasktoon) and full symphony orchestra (Nova Sinfonia, Halifax).

"Go On is a demonstration of Crabtree’s unique ability to use classical and electronic elements to blur the lines of folk music and leave you breathless." - Exclaim!

"textured, beautiful, nearly magical...a confident, stunning collection." CBC Music

"Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful." - 'Whispering' Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"Crabtree’s voice yearns… Soon you’ll be drawn deep inside these enormously powerful layers of sound." - ★★★★ Rolling Stone Magazine Germany

"Go On is a stunning achievement" - NOW Toronto



CAN: Forward Music Group //

EU: Ferryhouse Productions //



CAN/USA: Forward Music // Kyle Cunjak //
DE: Queerbeat // Thomas Lechner //
UK: Folklore // Ricky Damiani //
FR: Faontastic // Clémence Vazard //

AT: Arcadia Live // Klaus Plewa //
PT: Cakes & Tapes // Diogo Soares Silva //


Forward Music Group // Kyle Cunjak //


Beat Paper Scissors New Single " What Am I Going to Do with Everything I Know"

"What Am I Going to Do with Everything I Know" may sound familiar to keen Canadian folk fans, as it's a cover of the title track from a 2014 EP by the Weather Station. And although Crabtree remains in reverence of the original, he's added his own flourishes to the track." - Sarah Murphy


European Tour Dates 2016 & EU Release

Tim Crabtree is hitting the winter roads overseas from late January to March for an extensive run of solo Paper Beat Scissors shows that will take him into southern Europe for the first time.

This tour will shine light on the quieter, more intimate moments of the new album Go On, labelled by critics as a “haunting” (Rolling Stone Magazine), “splendid” (BBC Radio 6), “nearly magical” (CBC), “stunning” (NOW Toronto) collection that will “leave you breathless” (Exclaim!). Moving through Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal, the tour finishes in the UK to coincide with the release of Go On in that territory on February 17th, 2016.

New Video for Lawless

Paper Beat Scissors releases new video the powerful track "Lawless" off of the lastest album Go ON. The music video was directed by Montreal Director Derek Branscombe.