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Award-winning duo take to Church Eaton stage

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

By Gail Atkinson

AWARD-WINNERS . . . Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell.

AWARD-WINNERS . . . Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell.

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TWO AWARD-winning musicians will perform together at the traditional Church Eaton new year gig next month.

Ciaran Algar – fiddle, bouzouki, guitar and vocals – and Greg Russell (vocals, guitar, bouzouki and English concertina) met and joined forces in 2011.

The young and musically precocious pair formed a duo with an amazing level of energy, ability and stagecraft.

Both come from musical households and were regulars at folk festivals, clubs and jam sessions from early ages.

Ciaran was a member of the popular Celtic music band Tri as well as being an all-Ireland and all-Britain fiddle champion on several occasions.

Greg's musical career began as a solo artist, initially supporting acts such as Lau, Karine Polwart and Kerfuffle and then increasingly playing gigs in his own right.

Their backgrounds give both lads a wide range of influences performing pieces from traditional collections and by contemporary writers as well as self-penned tunes and songs.

In April 2012 they recorded their debut album The Queen's Lover which was released in August of the same year to excellent reviews.

Their first tour followed the release of the album and at the beginning of 2013 the pair were nominated for and went on to win the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Following the award, Russell and Algar completed school and university exams last May and began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues such as the Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport's Cropredy Convention. They will release a second album in 2014.

Before they return to their studies in January (Ciaran is doing A levels and Greg a degree in politics at the University of Exeter) they have agreed to do the traditional Church Eaton New Year gig at the Institute on Saturday, January 4. Tickets are £6 each from Justin on 01785 824788.

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