Greg began his career in folk singing at the age of 14, performing floor-spots at Chester’s Raven Folk Club but quickly moved on to a wider audience, appearing to great acclaim at Chester Folk Day and Chester Folk Festival, starring in his high school’s production of the rock musical Buddy and playing Guest Nights at various local Folk Clubs in Chester and its wider environs. With remarkable speed, he established himself as a singer, musician, songwriter and song interpreter of great promise.
In 2011, Greg teamed up with fiddler extraordinaire Ciaran Algar of Tri fame and the rest (as they say) is History. Greg and Ciaran have taken the British folk music scene by storm, two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are testimony enough to that. They won the Young Folk and Horizon Awards in 2013 and 2014 respectively and this year are up for Best Duo. With two widely acclaimed studio albums on the Fellside label to their credit (The Queen’s Lover and The Call) and a live DVD (In Concert) also now available on the same label, they really have carried all before them.
“Russell has a strong voice, full of character”.
“Greg Russell plays an sings with a maturity and emotion that belies his tender years. It is so rare to find new performers who have the confidence to play with this delicacy of touch and yet to sing in such a heartfelt way. He will, I think, go far”.
BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe