Six of the best young performers on the UK folk scene will be joining forces at the 10th Costa del Folk, to be held in Ibiza in April 2019.
They’ll be coming together as the Tweed Project, a collaboration between some of Scotland and England’s most in-demand explorers of their respective country’s folk traditions. The aim of the project being to find common ground between the Scottish and English folk traditions.
First formed in 2015, the project has been reborn with a new line-up for 2019 comprising: Greg Russell (Vocals/Guitar/Bouzouki), Josie Duncan (Vocals), Ciaran Algar (Fiddle), Pablo Lafuente (Guitar), Evan Carson (Percussion) and Ali Levack (Whistles/Pipes).
The new line-up have all been members of some of the UK’s most successful folk acts. Two time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Russell and Algar have been involved in other major projects and bands including The Transports, Shake the Chains (Greg) and Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys (Ciaran).
Ciaran’s fellow Lost Boys bandmate Evan Carson is also joining the project and is one of the most in-demand drummers on the UK Folk scene. Scottish duo Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente have had a huge year since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2017 and they released their debut album at Celtic Connections in January. Ali Levack will be returning to the Tweed Project for 2019. Ali is one of the most respected young pipe and whistle players in Scotland and won the Young Folk Award with the Mischa Macpherson Trio in 2014.
In addition to performances by the Tweed Project, the festival will also feature individual sets by the two duos, Greg and Ciaran as well as Josie and Pablo.