A Night of Young Award Winning Folk at The Atkinson

A Night of Young Award Winning Folk at The Atkinson

The Atkinson hosts an evening of folk magic with two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar supported by Fatea’s Male Artist of the Year 2014, Luke Jackson on Friday 1 April – and that’s no April fool!

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar rose to fame with their debut album, The Queen’s Lover, which resulted in numerous tours and has seen the duo become one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene.

They 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”.

“The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so” – R2 Magazine.

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.

Touring with them is Luke Jackson – a young, exciting Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury. In 2013 he was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category.  With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer.

He has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of  Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and Lucy Ward.

He has recently undertaken his first tour of Europe taking in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.  This was followed by a prestigious support slot on the Marillion tour to end 2014 and he has started 2015 with a series of joint headline shows with Amy Wadge.

His debut album ‘More Than Boys’ produced by the acclaimed Welsh Singer-Songwriter Martyn Joseph was released in 2012 to great reviews, as was the follow up ‘Fumes and Faith’ in early 2014.  This record was co-produced by Luke with Cardiff based American producer Mason Neely and further reflects his development as both a writer and performer.

He released a 7 track trio EP, This Family Tree independently in Spring 2015, described by Maverick magazine as “Two words, bloody brilliant” in their 5 star review. Luke plans a further full length album for 2016.

“He has a stage presence that many artists would kill for and a voice and guitar style that make you think that he’s a sixty year veteran who happens to have discovered the fountain of eternal youth” Fatea Magazine

Tickets are £14 (£12 concessions) plus booking fee. To book your tickets or for more information please call Box Office on 01704 533 333 or visit theatkinson.co.uk

The Atkinson’s folk season continues with Eddi Reader (2 April), Feast of Fiddles ( 11 April) , Show of Hands (Duo) (14 April), The Rheingans Sisters (Thursday 21 April), Dervish (7 May) and Rura (18 May).  For more information and offers, please visit the website, join our mailing list and get involved through facebook, twitter and instagram.


*There is a £1 booking fee for online and telephone sales and a 2% fee over the counter with a credit card.




For interviews, or more information please contact Emma.Lloyd@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2129



Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar with Luke Jackson

Friday 1 April


£14 (£12 concessions)


*Please note: There is a £1 booking fee for online and telephone sales and a 2% fee over the counter with a credit card.


The Atkinson

Lord Street






In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website theatkinson.co.uk or call box office on 01704 533333



Posted on 29 March 2016 under General news

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