Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. “The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so” (R2 Magazine).
In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Following the award win, Russell and Algar toured the country in April and, after completing school and University Exams in May, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.
After recording their second album in the November of 2013, again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”.
They released their third album, 'The Silent Majority', to critical acclaim in March 2016.
The duo come from musical households and both began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces. Algar, originally a member of TRI became All Ireland Champion, and All Britain Champion on numerous occasions before the age of 16 and Russell had begun a career as a solo musician supporting acts such as Karine Polwart and Lau, amongst others.
Join us for an afternoon of exceptional
young talent featuring a variety of performances
from a few up-and-coming acts
With hundreds of gigs behind him Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.The singer-songwriter, featured in Acoustic magazine as ‘The Next Big Thing’, taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.
Elliott’s original compositions marry intricate guitar lines with heartfelt, honest vocals and clever wordplay, combining elements of folk, roots, jazz and country. Embracing the traditional and the contemporary – this is folk music for the 21st century.
Elliott’s versatile blend of folk, pop and rock has complemented a range of major artists he has supported including Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Lau, Big Country, and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He has also supported Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike + The Mechanics, Eric Clapton) on many of his UK tour dates.
“One of the most impressive guitarists to grace our studio for a very long time…a compelling listen – and mesmerizing to watch!” Dean Jackson – The Beat / BBC Introducing
Fiona Lee is a sixteen year old emerging singer-songwriter from Yorkshire with a voice which belies her years. Her songs tell tales of teenage life with both innocent simplicity and an impressively mature observation.
Having taught herself to play guitar when she was fourteen, she discovered her true voice at a local acoustic night; since then she has been performing her songs at every public opportunity.
As well as playing regularly at open mic sessions, she is currently working with producer Chris Miley, developing and recording her songs for her forthcoming first album. Her debut single "Rome" was released in August 2016 which you can purchase on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, either one its own or alongside two support tracks- 'Here I am' and 'Circles'. “We’re so impressed with ‘Rome’, we’ve already booked Fiona Lee in for a session. And it’s her first upload. But it’s that good- we just had to!” Alan Raw: BBC Introducing on Radio Humberside..