Possessed of an ‘extraordinary voice’ that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last 8 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant performers on the U.K. folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki, banjo and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source alongside Ciaran Algar.
Since 2016, Greg has also been involved in two critically acclaimed projects; The Transports (★★★★★ The Guardian) and Shake the Chains (★★★★ The Guardian). The latter, a project put together and artistically directed by Greg which included Peggy Seeger, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Leon Rosselson and many more.
Singing a mixture of original and traditional song in 2017, Greg released his debut solo album, Inclined to be Red, declared ‘a powerful statement’ (Acoustic), ‘excellent’ (RnR Magazine), ‘a splendid thing’ (Maverick) and ‘convincingly individual’ (fRoots). Greg has also continued to tour with Ciaran Algar throughout this period, with whom he has released 4 studio albums, and played at some of the genres biggest festivals and events including Tønder Festival (Denmark), Folk Alliance International (Canada), Dranouter (Belgium) and Cambridge Folk Festival (U.K.).
2019 and 2020 see the release and tour of Field & Dyke, a songwriting project that came out of an oral history project about 21st Century Britain conducted by musician and historian Danny Pedler. Greg will also tour with Scottish, English and Spanish collaboration; The Tweed Project.
In addition to the above, Greg Russell is increasingly involved in community arts projects and education; working closely with Grimm & Co., SoundPost, Folk Works and South Yorkshire Music Hubs working with children, young people and adults.