Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category.
Having toured extensively in the UK for five years, as well as in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar have released 3 studio albums.
The Tweed Project return with a new line-up continuing the original aim of exploring Scottish and English traditional music to create a unique fusion. Formed in 2015, when they wowed festivals across the UK, the group now finds BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award-winning duo Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar and leading young piper and whistle player Ali Levack joined by the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, vocal-guitar duo Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, and percussionist Evan Carson. With Russell’s propulsive guitar and Algar’s fluent fiddle at the heart of Gaelic, Scots and English rooted endeavours, expect exciting and emotive music.
Danny Pedler & Greg Russell bring you the Field & Dyke project; a project combining traditional music with the sounds of industry. Grown out of an oral history research project conducted by Danny, the music incorporates samples of dialogue from Field & Dyke Interviewees as well as being based around factory machine rhythms. These innovative music making techniques create songs that explore folk music as a vehicle to communicate the feeling behind the social and cultural themes present in 21st century England.
This project is funded by Arts Council England, Transported art, and Freshlinc LTD., and is working in factories in South Lincolnshire in 2019 providing arts engagement for factory floor workers
Internationally renowned singer-songwriters Findlay Napier, Bella Hardy and Greg Russell present an intimate evening of storytelling and song, inspired by stories from the archives, and those collected from Doncaster people through Doncaster 1914-18.
The trio have all spent time with the team at Heritage Doncaster researching the stories, and gathered at a residential to spend 3 days creating the show.
The first performance in May will be a very special Museums at Night show at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster where the work will be presented with projections from visual art specialist Wayne Sables, bringing to life the personal stories and original objects which inspired the songs. This show will be followed in June with a short run of dates in Doncaster, Shrewsbury and London.
Wayne is also producing 2 short films documenting the process of the songs from the archive to performance.
The project is a joint commission between Sounds Just Fine and Doncaster 1914-18, and is supported by Arts Council England and Heritage Doncaster.
From the industrial revolution, universal suffrage and the slave trade through to CND, Rock against Racism and the Miners’ strike, songs are a common and integral factor in all the movements that have sought to instigate change.
Shake the Chains is an exciting new touring commission from celebrated UK contemporary folk singer songwriters that will explore the role songs have played in social change, resistance and protest.
At a time when making our political voice heard is as important as ever, Shake the Chains will include new material written exclusively for the project, as well as classic protest songs from around the world.
This exceptional band of musicians will play venues in Bristol, Sheffield, Suffolk, Derby and London from February 23 to 27 with a special guest at each performance.
Shake the Chains will also perform exclusively at Folk by the Oak in July 2017, with a live album scheduled for release in September 2017. Shake the Chains follows on from the critically acclaimed Sweet Liberties project that created new material in response to 800 years of the pursuit of democracy.
Shake the Chains is a commission from Folk by The Oak with support from Arts Council England, Help Musicians UK and Folk Alliance International.
For more information or to book tickets, click HERE. Follow the project on Twitter at @shakethechains1 and on Facebook @shakethechains.
The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony of Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration.
The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.
In 1977 Peter Bellamy released The Transports on record with The Watersons, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others. Several times since, further generations of folk musicians have gathered to re-create the piece.
This new production features musical arrangements by Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus. Two-time BBC Folk Award winners The Young’uns bring their trademark live dynamism. Further musical excellence comes from Nancy Kerr, Bellowhead’s Rachael McShane, Faustus’ Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose, and Greg Russell.
Storyteller Matthew Crampton has created fresh narration for the show, amplifying its central tale into a broader exploration of exile and migration.
Mass migration is a defining dilemma of today. There’s seldom been a more vital moment to bring back The Transports – not just a great music experience, but a sharp reminder of folk music’s power in portraying the way the world actually works.
Find out more about Peter Bellamy’s original show and subsequent productions HERE